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Re: (DEV) MacMAME Dashboard Widget/Spotlight Plug-In #16323 05/11/05 01:50 PM
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Originally posted by Promo The Robot:
So in order for Spotlight to (know how to) index a rom zipfile we'd need a Spotlight importer, but wouldn't the zipfiles also have to already contain the metadata associating it with the MAME descriptive name?
They do, in the form of CRCs and directory entries with the filenames. The proposed MacMAME spotlight plugin would have to take that data and mix it with its own current database to get something useful to Spotlight. That last bit would be pretty hacky, I think.

Re: (DEV) MacMAME Dashboard Widget/Spotlight Plug-In #16324 05/11/05 09:50 PM
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Originally posted by Promo The Robot:
[b]So in order for Spotlight to (know how to) index a rom zipfile we'd need a Spotlight importer, but wouldn't the zipfiles also have to already contain the metadata associating it with the MAME descriptive name?
They do, in the form of CRCs and directory entries with the filenames. The proposed MacMAME spotlight plugin would have to take that data and mix it with its own current database to get something useful to Spotlight. That last bit would be pretty hacky, I think. [/b]
Yeah, Spotlight is designed to target meta-data, not CRCs, but, the end result is really what counts, and since MacMAME is dealing with known quantities (zipped ROMs), it's just a matter of cross-refencing. Heck, if you wanted to get lazy, you could just do it by filename and file size. Cross-reference those two, have MacMAME, do the filetype change, and it should work every time. Then you would be using pure metadata and not even have to go into CRC...

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