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Re: [Bug-gnubg] bearoffdump

From: Joern Thyssen
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] bearoffdump
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 10:40:37 +0000
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On Fri, Apr 30, 2004 at 11:29:03AM +0100, Ian Shaw wrote
> At present, people don't use the bearoff database on disk because it's
> slow compared to the race net. When I want to use it, I copy in the
> database to the gnubg directory and restart gnubg. I then have to
> remember to remove it afterward. Some users will struggle to do that,
> not mentioning any No 7 Giants by name ;) I was going to write a DOS
> batch file to do the job, but it would be better if there was a switch
> in the gui. Is this simple to add?

I have some plans about rewriting a lot of the engine; it shouldn't be
visible for the users, but make it easier for the programers. It might
be able to squeze your suggestion in.

> Anyone want a 13-point one sided database? Can I FTP it somewhere so
> that it can go on the website?  

Jim Segrave is the gnubg-bearoff-ftp-master, so you should coordinate
with him.

> We ought to at least update the
> documentation with the MD5 checksum I posted.

Yes, I'll do that.

> Bearoffdump has the makings of a nice bearoff database interrogation
> utility. If you added chequer distribution and pip count to the output
> and the ability to output format a single line to a file, you could
> write a script to, say, find the most efficient distribution of n
> pips, or find positions with pipcount of n and m chequers on the ace.

Such tasks are probably better implemented inside the python interface.
I'll think about that.


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