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    Default Re: Run HHGTTG in DOS Emulator dosemu.

    On Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:06:02 +0000, GooeyGirl wrote:

    > Thanks Wolfi. I installed -frotz- into one of my TW VMs, via the
    > One-Click file downloaded from your link. I read the relevant files in
    > -/usr/share/doc/packages/frotz- [that was a challenge even just to find
    > where any of its files were]. I re-read Jim's...
    >>
    >> grab the data files off the original distribution, and point frotz at
    >> it.
    >>
    >>

    > No matter how much i scratched my head & rubbed my eyes, i remain
    > absolutely clueless about what to do.
    >
    > I think it's best that i just stay with *-dosemu-* for HHGTTG, given
    > that at least i can successfully make that work.


    As I recall, you either launch Frotz in the directory or you run frotz
    and supply the data file on the command-line. It's been a little while
    (and I don't have the files handy at the moment - which might be
    surprising), but my memory was that it was pretty straightforward.

    If I have time later today, I'll see if I can dig up the data files
    myself and install it.

    Jim



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    Default Re: Run HHGTTG in DOS Emulator dosemu.

    Hi,

    Does your game run on DOSBOX?
    It has some useful options for configuring and auto-running apps, usual configuration file is ~/.dosbox/dosbox-{version}.conf, if you only care about one app you can edit that.
    You can make custom copy of original conf file and pass to dosbox via -conf {path to conf file} parameter.
    There is an autoexec section at the very end of configuration file.
    This is how it looks like in my config, I use DOS navigator as my gateway app:
    Code:
    [autoexec]
    # Lines in this section will be run at startup.
    # You can put your MOUNT lines here.
    mount c /home/ugnius/.dosbox/drive_c
    c:
    cd dn
    dn.com
    Here mount is used to mount folder with all my apps as a C drive.
    For complete laziness, you could make a fourty-two.desktop file and put it in ~/.local/share/applications.

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    Default Re: Run HHGTTG in DOS Emulator dosemu.

    On Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:49:49 +0000, Jim Henderson wrote:

    > On Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:06:02 +0000, GooeyGirl wrote:
    >
    >> Thanks Wolfi. I installed -frotz- into one of my TW VMs, via the
    >> One-Click file downloaded from your link. I read the relevant files in
    >> -/usr/share/doc/packages/frotz- [that was a challenge even just to find
    >> where any of its files were]. I re-read Jim's...
    >>>
    >>> grab the data files off the original distribution, and point frotz at
    >>> it.
    >>>
    >>>

    >> No matter how much i scratched my head & rubbed my eyes, i remain
    >> absolutely clueless about what to do.
    >>
    >> I think it's best that i just stay with *-dosemu-* for HHGTTG, given
    >> that at least i can successfully make that work.

    >
    > As I recall, you either launch Frotz in the directory or you run frotz
    > and supply the data file on the command-line. It's been a little while
    > (and I don't have the files handy at the moment - which might be
    > surprising), but my memory was that it was pretty straightforward.
    >
    > If I have time later today, I'll see if I can dig up the data files
    > myself and install it.


    Yep, it's just:

    Code:
    frotz <filename>
    You just need the data file for the game (that's what I was trying to say
    but apparently failing at ). If you've got it on your system to run
    in DOSBOX, then you already have it with the DOS executable.

    Jim



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    Default Re: Run HHGTTG in DOS Emulator dosemu.

    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj View Post
    As I recall, you either launch Frotz in the directory or you run frotz
    and supply the data file on the command-line.
    As I suggested, you might also take a look at kwest, which is based on frotz but has a KDE(3) based GUI. I.e. you click on the file open button and choose the data file in the KDE file dialog.
    http://kwest.sourceforge.net/

    Never used frotz directly myself, on Linux at least. (I did use it on my Amiga, that port comes with a GUI as well, one of the games I ran in it was HHGTTG of course... )
    Last edited by wolfi323; 13-Sep-2017 at 06:30.

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