advmenu

AdvanceMENU Frontend(1)     General Commands Manual    AdvanceMENU Frontend(1)



NAME
       advmenu - AdvanceMENU Frontend

SYNOPSIS
       advmenu [-default] [-remove] [-cfg FILE]
            [-log] [-version] [-help]
DESCRIPTION
       AdvanceMENU is a front-end to run the AdvanceMAME, AdvanceMESS, MAME,
       MESS, Raine and other emulators.

       Simply run it in the same directory of the emulator and press `f1´ to
       get the help screen or `~´ for the main menu.

       Press `tab´ to change the display mode. Press `space´ to change the
       preview mode.

       To run a game press `enter´. Press `esc´ to exit.

       The major features are:
       ·      Simply download and run. Copy the executable and run it!
       ·      Auto update of the rom info.
       ·      Vertical and horizontal orientation.
       ·      Support for any TV/Arcade Monitor like AdvanceMAME but it´s good
              also for a normal PC monitor.
       ·      Static and Animated image and clip preview (PNG/PCX/ICO/MNG).
              Up to 192 images at the same time!
       ·      Sound preview. (MP3/WAV). You can select a special sound for
              every game played when the cursor move on it.
       ·      Sound backgrounds (MP3/WAV). Play your favorite songs or radio
              records in background.
       ·      Sound effects (MP3/WAV) for key press, program start, game
              start, program exit...
       ·      Support for zipped images and sounds archives.
       ·      Screen-saver. A slide show of the game images.
       ·      Selectable background and help images with translucency.

OPTIONS
       -default
              Add to the configuration file all the missing options with
              default values.

       -remove
              Remove from the configuration file all the options with default
              values.

       -cfg FILE
              Select an alternate configuration file. In Linux and Mac OS X
              the you can prefix the file name with "./" to load it from the
              current directory.

       -log   Create the file `advmenu.log´ with a lot of internal
              information. Very useful for bug report.

       -verbose
              Print some startup information.

       -version
              Print the version number, the low-level device drivers supported
              and the configuration directories.

       -help  Print a short command line help.

       In Linux and Mac OS X you can also use `--´ before options instead of
       `-´.  In DOS and Windows you can also use `/´.

EMULATORS
       The program supports many type of emulators. The emulators AdvanceMAME,
       AdvanceMESS, MAME, SDLMAME, DMAME, DMESS and DRAINE are directly
       supported and the only thing you should do is to run the AdvanceMENU
       program in the same directory of the emulator.

       All the other emulators are supported with the emulator type `generic´.

   generic - Generic emulator
       For the `generic´ emulator no additional rom information is needed.
       Only the name and the size of the rom files are used.

       You should specify all emulator information and directories with the
       `emulator´ and `emulator_*´ options in the `advmenu.rc´ file.

       You need to use at least the `emulator´ and `emulator_roms´ options to
       inform AdvanceMENU how to run the emulator and where to find the roms.

       For example:

           emulator "snes9x" generic "c:\game\snes9x\snes9x.exe" "%f"
           emulator_roms "snes9x" "c:\game\snes9x\roms"
           emulator_roms_filter "snes9x" "*.smc;*.sfc;*.fig;*.1"
           emulator "zsnes" generic "c:\game\zsnes\zsnes.exe" "-e -m roms\%f"
           emulator_roms "zsnes" "c:\game\zsnes\roms"
           emulator_roms_filter "zsnes" "*.smc;*.sfc;*.fig;*.1"
       The various %s, %f, %p, ... macros are explained in the `emulator´
       option description.

       The roms are searched in the path specified with the `emulator_roms´
       option in the `advmenu.rc´ file. For every file found (with any
       extension) a game is added in the menu.  You can filter the files with
       the `emulator_roms_filter´ option.

       All the snapshots are searched in the directories specified with the
       `emulator_*´ options using the same name of the rom file.

       If you want, you can manually write a MAME like information file and
       name it as `ENUNAME.lst´. This file has the same format of the output
       of the `-listinfo´ MAME command.  Actually only the information `game´,
       `name´, `description´, `year´, `manufacturer´, `cloneof´ are used.
       Please note that this file is used only to add information at the
       existing games. The games present in this file are not automatically
       added at the game list.

   advmame - AdvanceMAME
       For the `advmame´ emulator type the roms informations are gathered from
       the file `ENUNAME.xml´. If this file doesn´t exist, it´s created
       automatically with emulator `-listxml´ command.

       The directories specified in the `dir_rom´ option in the `advmame.rc´
       file are used to detect the list of the available roms. In the DOS and
       Windows versions of the program the `advmenu.rc´ file is searched in
       the same directory of the emulator. In the Unix version it´s searched
       in the `HOME/.advance´ directory.

       The directory specified in `dir_snap´ is used to detect the list of
       available snapshots.

   advmess - AdvanceMESS
       For the `advmess´ emulator the rom information is gathered from the
       file `EMUNAME.xml´. If this file doesn´t exist, it´s created
       automatically with emulator `-listxml´ command.

       The directories specified in the `dir_rom´ option in the `advmess.rc´
       file are used to detect the list of the available bioses.

       All the directories listed in the option `dir_image´ are read and all
       the files found in the `machine´ directories are inserted as software
       if the extension is recognized as a valid device extension for the
       current `machine´ or if it´s a `zip´ file.  For example if the
       `dir_image´ options is `c:\software´, AdvanceMENU scans the directories
       `c:\software\ti99_4a´, `c:\software\sms´, `c:\software\gameboy´...
       Files in the main directory `c:\software´ are NOT checked.

       When you select to run a zip file, the zip file is opened and all the
       files in the zip with a valid name and with a recognized device
       extension are added at the AdvanceMESS command line.  A file is
       considered to have a valid name if has the same name of the zip of if
       it has the name of the zip with an additional char. For example in the
       file `alpiner.zip´ the files `alpiner.bin´, `alpinerc.bin´ and
       `alpinerg.bin´ have a valid name. This feature can be used to group all
       the required roms to play a software in a single zip file.

       The file extension is also used to correctly select the device type
       when calling AdvanceMESS.

       The directory specified in `dir_snap´ is used to detect the list of
       available snapshots.  At any exit of AdvanceMESS if a new snapshot is
       created, this file is moved to the correct `snap\system´ directory
       renaming it as the software started.  For example, suppose that you run
       the `ti99_4a´ system with the software `alpiner´. If you press F12
       during the emulation, the file `snap\ti99_4a.png´ is created. When you
       return to AdvanceMENU the file is moved automatically to
       `snap\ti99_4a\alpiner.png´.

   mame - Windows MAME
       For the `mame´ emulator the roms information is gathered from the file
       `EMUNAME.xml´. If this file doesn´t exist, it´s created automatically
       with emulator `-listxml´ command.

       The directories specified in the `rompath´ option in the `mame.ini´
       file are used to detect the list of the available roms.

       The directory specified in `snapshot_directory´ is used to detect the
       list of available snapshots.

   sdlmame - SDL MAME
       For the `sdlmame´ emulator the roms informations are gathered from the
       file `EMUNAME.xml´. If this file doesn´t exist, it´s created
       automatically with emulator `-listxml´ command.

       The directories specified in the `rompath´ option in the
       `HOME/.mame/mame.ini´ file in Linux and Mac OS X and in the ´mame.ini´
       file in Windows are used to detect the list of the available roms.

       Please note that in Linux and Mac OS X the ´mame.ini´ file doesn´t
       support relative paths for roms and other files. Always use absolute
       paths configuring SDL MAME. You can use the "$HOME" variable to refers
       at the Linux/Mac OS X user home directory.

       The directory specified in `snapshot_directory´ is used to detect the
       list of available snapshots files.

   dmame - DOS MAME
       For the `dmame´ emulator the roms informations are gathered from the
       file `EMUNAME.xml´. If this file doesn´t exist, it´s created
       automatically with emulator `-listxml´ command.

       The directories specified in the `rompath´ option in the `mame.cfg´
       file are used to detect the list of the available roms.

       The directory specified in `snap´ is used to detect the list of
       available snapshots.

   dmess - DOS MESS
       For the `dmess´ emulator the roms informations are gathered from the
       file `EMUNAME.xml´. If this file doesn´t exist, it´s created
       automatically with emulator `-listxml´ command.

       The directories specified in the `biospath´ option in the `mess.cfg´
       file are used to detect the list of the available bioses.

       All the directories listed in the option `softwarepath´ are read and
       all the `zip´ files found in the `subsystem´ directories are inserted
       as software.  For example if the `softwarepath´ options is
       `c:\software´, AdvanceMENU scans the directories `c:\software\ti99_4a´,
       `c:\software\sms´, `c:\software\gameboy´...  Zips in the main directory
       `c:\software´ are NOT checked.

       When you select one of these entries the zip is opened and is searched
       the first file with the same name of the zip but different extension.
       This file is used as the argument of the `-cart´ option when running
       `mess´.  AdvanceMENU is NOT able to use other supports like `-flop´.

       All the aliases present if the `mess.cfg´ are inserted as software
       entries. When you select one of these entries the `mess´ option
       `-alias´ is used to start the game.

       You can set an arbitrary description on an alias specification adding
       it on the same line of the alias after the comment char ´#´ using this
       format:

           ALIAS = ALIAS_DEF # Description | YEAR | MANUFACTURER
       For example:

           [ti99_4a]
           ti-inva = -cart ti-invac.bin -cart ti-invag.bin \
                # Invaders | 1982 | Texas Instrument
       At any exit of the emulator if a new snapshot is created, this file is
       moved to the correct `snap\system´ directory renaming it as the
       software started.  For example, suppose that you run the `ti99_4a´
       system with the software `alpiner´. If you press F12 during the
       emulation, the file `snap\ti99_4a.png´ is created. When you return to
       AdvanceMENU the file is moved automatically to
       `snap\ti99_4a\alpiner.png´.

   draine - DOS Raine
       For the `draine´ emulator the roms informations are gathered from the
       file `EMUNAME.lst´. If this file doesn´t exist, it´s created
       automatically with emulator `-gameinfo´ command.

       All the directories specified in the `rom_dir_*´ options are used to
       detect the list of the available roms.

       The directory specified in `screenshots´ is used to detect the list of
       available snapshots.

CONFIGURATION
       The file `advmenu.rc´ is used to save the current state of the
       front-end. It´s read at startup and saved at exit. You can prevent the
       automatic save at the exit with the `config´ option.

       In DOS and Windows the configuration options are read from the file
       `advmenu.rc´ in the current directory.

       In Linux and Mac OS X the configuration options are read from the files
       `advmame.rc´ and `advmess.rc´ in the $host, $data and the $home
       directory.  The $host directory is `$SYSCONFDIR´, where $SYSCONFDIR is
       the `sysconfdir´ directory configured with the `configure´ script.  The
       default is `/usr/local/etc´.  The $data directory is
       `$DATADIR/advance´, where $DATADIR is the `datadir´ directory
       configured with the `configure´ script.  The default is
       `/usr/local/share´.  The $home directory is `$ADVANCE´, where $ADVANCE
       is the value of the ADVANCE environment variable when the program is
       run.  If the ADVANCE environment variable is missing the $home
       directory is `$HOME/.advance´ where $HOME is the value of the HOME
       environment variable.  If both the ADVANCE and HOME environment
       variables are missing the $data directory became also the $home
       directory.

       The priority of the options is in the order: $host, $home and $data.

       The $home directory is also used to write all the information by the
       program. The files in the $host and $data directory are only read.

       You can include an additional configuration files with the `include´
       option. In DOS and Windows the files are searched in the current
       directory.  In Linux and Mac OS X the files are searched in the $home
       directory if they are expressed as a relative path. You can force the
       search in the current directory prefixing the file with `./´.  To
       include more than one file you must divide the names with `;´ in DOS
       and Windows, and with `:´ in Linux and Mac OS X.

       You can force the creation of a default configuration file with the
       command line option `-default´.

       In DOS and Windows the directory name separator is `\´ and the
       multi-directory separator is `;´. In Linux and Mac OS X the directory
       name separator is `/´ and the multi-directory separator is `:´.

   Global Configuration Options
       This section describes the global options used to customize the the
       program.

       A subset of the configuration options are saved per emulator basis to
       allow different configurations for different emulators. Please note
       that these specific emulator configurations are not activated if you
       select to show more than one emulator at time.  In this case only the
       default configuration is used.  Specifically these special options are
       `mode´, `sort´, `preview´, `group_include´ and `type_include´.

   config
       Selects if and when the configuration modified by the user at runtime
       should be saved.

       config save_at_exit | restore_at_exit | restore_at_idle
       Options:
           save_at_exit Save any changes before exiting (default).
           restore_at_exit Don´t save the changes. At the next run, restore
               the previous configuration.
           restore_at_idle Restore the previous configuration after the `idle´
               time.

       You can manually save the configuration at runtime from the main menu.

   emulator
       Selects the emulators to list in the menu. You can specify more than
       one emulator.

       WARNING! Before playing with this option, you should do a backup copy
       of your current `advmenu.rc´ because when you remove an emulator, the
       game information for that emulator (like the time played) is lost.

       emulator "EMULATOR" (generic | advmame | advmess | mame | dmame
            | dmess | draine) "[-]EXECUTABLE" "ARGUMENTS"
       Options:
           EMULATOR The name for the emulator. It must be different for every
               emulator defined.
           generic It´s a generic emulator.
           advmame It´s the AdvanceMAME emulator.
           advmess It´s the AdvanceMESS emulator.
           mame It´s the Window MAME emulator.
           dmame It´s the DOS MAME emulator.
           dmess It´s the DOS MESS emulator.
           draine It´s the DOS Raine emulator.
           [-]EXECUTABLE The executable path of the emulator.  In DOS and
               Windows you can also use a batch (.bat) file, but this prevent
               the automatic generation of the listing file which must be
               generated manually.  You can put a `-´ in front of the file
               path to ignore any error returned by the executable.
           ARGUMENTS The arguments to be passed to the emulator.  The
               arguments are required only for the `generic´ emulator. For the
               others, AdvanceMENU automatically adds the required arguments
               to run a game. However, you may wish to add extra arguments.

       In the emulator arguments some macros are substituted with some special
       values:
           %s Expanded as the game name. For example "pacman".
           %p Expanded as the complete path of the rom. For example
               "c:\emu\roms\pacman.zip".
           %f Expanded as the rom name with the extension. For example
               "pacman.zip".
           %o[R0,R90,R180,R270] Expanded as one of the R* string, depending on
               the current menu orientation.  Note that you cannot use space
               in the R* string.  For example "%o[,-ror,-flipx,-rol]
               %o[,,-flipy,]" correctly rotate the AdvanceMAME emulator.

       For the `generic´ emulator type you need use the % macros to tell at
       the emulator which game run. For all the other emulator types this
       information is automatically added by AdvanceMENU.

       Examples for DOS and Windows:

           emulator "AdvanceMAME" advmame "advmame\advmame.exe" \
                "%o[,-ror,-flipx,-rol] %o[,,-flipy,]"
           emulator "MAME" mame "mame\mame.exe" "-nohws"
           emulator "MESS" dmess "mess\mess.exe" ""
           emulator "Raine" draine "raine\raine.exe" ""
           emulator "Custom Raine" draine "raine\raine2.bat" ""
           emulator "SNes9x" generic "c:\game\snes9x\snes9x.exe" "%f"
           emulator "ZSNes" generic "c:\game\zsnes\zsnes.exe" "-e -m roms\%f"
       Examples for Linux and Mac OS X:

           emulator "AdvanceMAME" advmame "advmame" \
                "%o[,-ror,-flipx,-rol] %o[,,-flipy,]"
   emulator_roms/roms_filter/altss/flyers/cabinets/icons/titles
       Selects additional directories for the emulators. These directories are
       used in addition to any other directory defined in the emulator config
       file. The preview images and sounds files are also searched also in any
       `.zip´ file present in these directories.

       emulator_roms "EMULATOR" "LIST"
       emulator_roms_filter "EMULATOR" "LIST"
       emulator_altss "EMULATOR" "LIST"
       emulator_flyers "EMULATOR" "LIST"
       emulator_cabinets "EMULATOR" "LIST"
       emulator_marquees "EMULATOR" "LIST"
       emulator_icons "EMULATOR" "LIST"
       emulator_titles "EMULATOR" "LIST"
       Commands:
           roms List of directories used for the roms. This option is used
               only for the `generic´ emulator type. All the other emulators
               use the emulator-specific config file to set the rom path.
           roms_filter List of pattern for the file to list.  An empty pattern
               means all files.
           altss Snapshot directory, used for snap images and sounds. If
               possible, the directories specified in the emulator
               configuration file are also used.
           flyers Flyers directory.
           cabinets Cabinets directory.
           marquees Marquees directory.
           icons Icons directory.
           titles Titles directory.

       Options:
           EMULATOR The name for the emulator. Must be the same name of a
               defined emulator
           LIST List of directories or patterns. In DOS and Windows use the
               `;´ char as separator. In Linux and Mac OS X use the `:´ char.

       Examples for DOS and Windows:

           emulator_roms "SNes9x" "c:\game\snes9x\roms;c:\game\zsnes\roms2"
           emulator_roms_filter "SNes9x" "*.smc;*.sfc;*.fig;*.1"
           emulator_flyers "SNes9x" "c:\game\zsnes\fly"
           emulator_cabinets "SNes9x" "c:\game\zsnes\cab"
           emulator_marquees "SNes9x" "c:\game\zsnes\mar"
           emulator_roms "ZSNes" "c:\game\zsnes\roms"
           emulator_roms_filter "ZSNes" "*.smc;*.sfc;*.fig;*.1"
   mode
       Selects the menu listing mode.

       [EMULATOR/]mode full | full_mixed | text | list | list_mixed |
       tile_small
            | tile_normal | tile_big | tile_enormous | tile_giant
            | tile_icon | tile_marquee
       Options:
           EMULATOR/ Nothing for the default value, or an emulator name for a
               specific emulator option.
           full Full screen preview.
           full_mixed Full screen preview with 4 images.
           text Game list.
           list Game list and preview of the selected game (default).
           list_mixed Game list and 4 preview of the selected game.
           tile_small Show the preview of 4x3 games.
           tile_normal Show the preview of 5x6 games.
           tile_big Show the preview of 8x6 games.
           tile_enormous Show the preview of 12x9 games.
           tile_giant Show the preview of 16x12 games.
           tile_icon Special mode for icon preview.
           tile_marquee Special mode for marquee preview.

   mode_skip
       Disables some menu modes when you press `tab´.

       mode_skip (full | full_mixed | text | list | list_mixed
            | tile_small | tile_normal | tile_big | tile_enormous
            | tile_giant | tile_icon | tile_marquee)*
       Options:
           SKIP Multiple selections of disabled modes. Use an empty list to
               enable all the modes.

       Examples:

           mode_skip tile_giant
           mode_skip full full_mixed list tile_small tile_giant
           mode_skip
   sort
       Selects the sort order of the games displayed.

       [EMULATOR/]sort parent | name | time | play | year | manufacturer
            | type | group | size | resolution | info
       Options:
           EMULATOR/ Nothing for the default value, or an emulator name for a
               specific emulator option.
           parent Game parent name.
           emulator Emulator name.
           name Game name.
           time Total Time played.
           play Total Play times.
           timeperplay Time per play.
           year Game year release.
           manufacturer Game manufacturer.
           type Game type.
           group Game group.
           size Size of the game rom.
           resolution Resolution of the game display.
           info External information imported with the `info_import´ option.

   preview
       Selects the type of the images displayed.

       [EMULATOR/]preview snap | titles | flyers | cabinets
       Options:
           EMULATOR/ Nothing for the default value, or an emulator name for a
               specific emulator option.
           snap Files in the `snap´ and `altss´ dir.
           flyers Files in the `flyers´ dir.
           cabinets Files in the `cabinets´ dir.
           titles Files in the `titles´ dir.

       The `icons´ and `marquees´ images can be selected with the special
       `mode´ options `tile_icon´ and `tile_marquee´.

   preview_expand
       Enlarges the screen area used by the vertical games on horizontal tile
       (and horizontal games in vertical tile).

       preview_expand FACTOR
       Options:
           FACTOR Expansion float factor from 1.0 to 3.0 (default 1.15)

       Examples:

           preview_expand 1.15
   preview_default_*
       Selects the default images. When an image for the selected game is not
       found, a default image can be displayed.

       preview_default "FILE"
       preview_default_snap "FILE"
       preview_default_flyer "FILE"
       preview_default_cabinet "FILE"
       preview_default_icon "FILE"
       preview_default_marquee "FILE"
       preview_default_title "FILE"
       Commands:
           default Selects the default image for all preview modes.
           default_TAG Selects the default image for a single preview mode.

       Options:
           FILE The complete PATH of the image.

       Examples:

           preview_default "C:\MAME\DEFAULT.PNG"
           preview_default_marquee "C:\MAME\DEFMAR.PNG"
           preview_default_icon "C:\MAME\DEFICO.ICO"
   icon_space
       Selects the space size between icons. The `icon´ mode is available only
       if you set the option `emulator_icons´ in the emulator config file.

       icon_space SPACE
       Options:
           SPACE The number of pixel between icons (default 43).

       In the icon display the game title is displayed in multiple rows if
       there is enough space.

   merge
       Selects the expected format of your romset. It´s used to test the
       existence of the correct zips needed to run the games.

       merge none | differential | parent | any | disable
       Options:
           none Every clone zip contains all the needed roms.
           differential Every clone zip contains only the unique roms
               (default).
           parent All the roms are in the parent zip.
           any Any of the above, use this if you have a rom set that is
               organized poorly.
           disable Check disabled.

   game
       Contains various information of the know games.  A `game´ option is
       added automatically at the configuration files for any rom found. It´s
       used to keep some game information like the play time.

       game "EMULATOR/GAME" "GROUP" "TYPE" TIME PLAY "DESC"
       Options:
           EMULATOR Name of the emulator.
           GAME Short name of the game, generally the rom name without the
               extension.
           GROUP Name of the group of the game or empty "".
           TYPE Name of the type of the game or empty "".
           TIME Time played in seconds.
           PLAY Number of play.
           DESC User description or empty "".

       The GROUP, TYPE and DESC argument overwrite any other value imported
       with the `group_import´, `type_import´, and `desc_import´ options. The
       imported values take effect only if the user GROUP, TYPE and DESC are
       empty.

       Examples:

           game "advmame/puckman" "Very Good" "Arcade" \
                1231 21 "Pac-Man Japanese"
           game "advmame/1943" "" "" 121 4 "1943 !!"
   Display Configuration Options
       This section describes the options used to customize the display.

   device_video_*
       These options are used to customize the video drivers.

       All the `device_video_*´ options defined in the `advdev.txt´ file can
       be used.

       If you use a `System´ video driver, you don´t need to set these
       options. They are mostly ignored.

       With a `Generate´ video drivers these options are used to select and
       create the correct video mode. If missing the settings for a standard
       Multisync SVGA monitor are used.

   display_size
       Selects the desired width of the video mode.

       display_size WIDTH
       Options:
           WIDTH Width in pixels of the video mode. The nearest available
               video mode is chosen (default 1024).

   display_restoreatgame
       Selects whether to reset the video mode before running the emulator.

       [EMULATOR/]display_restoreatgame yes | no
       Options:
           EMULATOR/ Nothing for the default value, or an emulator name for a
               specific emulator option.
           yes Reset the video mode (default).
           no Maintain the current graphics mode.

   display_restoreatexit
       Selects whether to reset the video mode before exiting.

       display_restoreatexit yes | no
       Options:
           yes Reset the video mode (default).
           no Maintain the current graphics mode.

   display_orientation
       Selects the desired orientation of the screen.

       display_orientation (flip_xy | mirror_x | mirror_y)*
       Options:
           mirror_x Mirror in the horizontal direction.
           mirror_y Mirror in the vertical direction.
           flip_xy Swap the x and y axes.

       Examples:

           display_orientation flip_xy mirror_x
   display_brightness
       Selects the image brightness factor.

       display_brightness FACTOR
       Options:
           FACTOR Brightness float factor (default 1.0).

       Examples:

           display_brightness 0.9
   display_gamma
       Selects the image gamma correction factor.

       display_gamma FACTOR
       Options:
           FACTOR Gamma float factor (default 1.0).

       Examples:

           display_gamma 0.9
   Sound Configuration Options
       This section describes the options used to customize the sound.

   device_sound_*
       These options are used to customize the audio drivers.

       All the `device_sound_*´ options defined in the `advdev.txt´ file can
       be used.

   sound_volume
       Sets the global sound volume.

       sound_volume VOLUME
       Options:
           VOLUME The volume attenuation in dB (default -3).  The attenuation
               is a negative value from -40 to 0.

       Examples:

           sound_volume -5
   sound_latency
       Sets the audio latency.

       sound_latency TIME
       Options:
           TIME Latency in seconds from 0.01 to 2.0.  (default 0.1)

       Increase the value if your hear a choppy audio.

   sound_buffer
       Sets the size of the lookahead audio buffer for decoding.

       sound_buffer TIME
       Options:
           TIME Buffer size in seconds from 0.05 to 2.0.  (default 0.1)

       Increase the value if your hear a choppy audio.

   sound_foreground_EVENT
       Selects the sounds played in foreground for the various events.

       sound_foreground_begin none | default | FILE
       sound_foreground_end none | default | FILE
       sound_foreground_key none | default | FILE
       sound_foreground_start none | default | FILE
       sound_foreground_stop none | default | FILE
       Commands:
           begin Sound played at AdvanceMENU startup.
           end Sound played at AdvanceMENU exit.
           start Sound played at emulator startup.
           stop Sound played at emulator exit.
           key Sound played when a key is pressed.

       Options:
           none No sound.
           default Use the default sound.
           FILE Path of the sound file (.wav or .mp3).

   sound_background_EVENT
       Selects the sounds played in background for the various events.

       sound_background_begin none | FILE
       sound_background_end none | FILE
       sound_background_start none | FILE
       sound_background_stop none | FILE
       sound_background_loop none | default | FILE
       Commands:
           begin Sound played at AdvanceMENU startup.
           end Sound played at AdvanceMENU exit.
           start Sound played at emulator startup.
           stop Sound played at emulator exit.
           loop Sound played in loop if no other background sound is
               available.

       Options:
           none No sound
           default Use the default sound
           FILE Path of the sound file (.wav or .mp3)

   sound_background_loop_dir
       Selects the background music directory to search for MP3 and WAV files.
       Music tracks will be played in random order.

       Multiple directories may be specified by separating each with a
       semicolon `;´ in DOS and Windows, with a double-colon `:´ in Linux and
       Mac OS X.

       Note that this directory must be used only for your music.  The
       emulated game recordings, played when the cursor is moved on the game,
       are stored in the snap directory defined in the emulator configuration
       file or with the `emulator_altss´ option.

       sound_background_loop_dir "DIR"
       Options:
           DIR Directory for .mp3 and .wav files.

       Examples:

           sound_background_loop_dir C:\MP3\POP;C:\MP3\ROCK
   Input Configuration Options
       This section describes the options used to customize the user input.

   device_keyboard/joystick/mouse
       These options are used to customize the input drivers.

       All the `device_keyboard/joystick/mouse_*´ options defined in the
       `advdev.txt´ file can be used.

       As default the mouse and the joystick support is disabled.  To enable
       it you must add the options:

           device_mouse auto
           device_joystick auto
       in your advmenu.rc file.

   mouse_delta
       Selects the mouse/trackball sensitivity. Increase the value for a
       slower movement. Decrease it for a faster movement.

       mouse_delta STEP
       Options:
           STEP Mouse/trackball position step (default 100).

   User Interface
       This section describes the options used to customize the user
       interface.

   ui_font
       Selects a font file. The formats TrueType (TTF), GRX, PSF and RAW are
       supported. You can find a collection of fonts in the `contrib´
       directory.

       ui_font auto | "FILE"
       Options:
           auto Use the built-in font (default).
           FILE Font file path.

       The TrueType (TTF) format is supported only if the program is compiled
       with the FreeType2 library.

   ui_fontsize
       Selects the font size, if the specified font is scalable.  The size is
       expressed in number of rows and columns of text in the screen.

       ui_fontsize auto | ROWS [COLS]
       Options:
           auto Automatically compute the size (default).
           ROWS Number of text rows.
           COLS Number of text columns. If omitted is computed from the number
               of rows.

   ui_background
       Defines a background image in .PNG or MNG format. The image is
       stretched to fit the screen.

       ui_background FILE | none

       Options:
           none No image (default).
           FILE File in .PNG or .MNG format to load.

       For .MNG files only the first frame is used.

   ui_exit
       Defines an exit image/clip in .PNG or .MNG format displayed at the
       frontexit exit. The image is stretched to fit the screen.

       ui_exit FILE | none

       Options:
           none No image (default).
           FILE File in .PNG or .MNG format to load.

   ui_startup
       Defines a startup image/clip in .PNG or .MNG format displayed at the
       frontend startup. The image is stretched to fit the screen.

       ui_startup FILE | none

       Options:
           none No image (default).
           FILE File in .PNG or .MNG format to load.

   ui_help
       Defines an help image/clip in .PNG or .MNG format displayed when the
       user press F1. The image is stretched to fit the screen.

       ui_help FILE | none

       Options:
           none No image (default).
           FILE File in .PNG or .MNG format to load.

   ui_gamemsg
       One line message displayed when a game is chosen. The message is
       displayed only if the option `display_restoreatgame´ is set to `no´.

       ui_gamemsg "MESSAGE"
       Options:
           MESSAGE Message to display (default "Run Game").  To prevent the
               display of the message use the empty string "".

       Examples:

           ui_gamemsg "Avvio il gioco..."
   ui_game
       Selects the preview type to display when a game is run. The preview is
       displayed only if the option `display_restoreatgame´ is set to `no´.

       ui_game none | snap | flyers | cabinets | titles
       Options:
           none Don´t display any preview.
           snap, flyers, cabinets, titles Display the specified preview.
               (default snap).

   ui_skiptop/bottom/left/right
       Defines the border area of the screen not used by the menu.  Generally
       it´s the part of the screen used by the background image.  If a
       `ui_background´ image is specified these values refer at image size
       before stretching, otherwise they refer at the current video mode size.

       ui_skiptop N ui_skipbottom N ui_skipleft N ui_skipright N

       Options:
           N Number of pixel to skip (default 0).

   ui_topbar/bottombar
       Enables or disables the top and bottom information bars.

       ui_topbar yes | no ui_bottombar yes | no

   ui_color
       Selects the user interface colors.

       ui_color TAG FOREGROUND BACKGROUND
       Tags:
           help Help.
           help_tag Help highlight.
           submenu_bar Submenu title.
           submenu_item Submenu entry.
           submenu_item_select Submenu selected entry.
           submenu_hidden Submenu hidden entry.
           submenu_hidden_select Submenu selected hidden entry.
           menu_item Menu entry.
           menu_hidden Menu hidden entry.
           menu_tag Menu highlight entry.
           menu_item_select Menu selected entry.
           menu_hidden_select Menu hidden selected entry.
           menu_tag_select Menu selected highlight.
           bar Title.
           bar_tag Title highlight.
           bar_hidden Title hidden text.
           grid Scrollbar marker and generic background color.
           backdrop Backdrop outline and missing backdrop.
           icon Icon outline and missing icon.
           cursor Flashing cursor.

       Options:
           FOREGROUND Foreground color in RRGGBB hex format. For example
               FF0000 is red, 00FF00 is green and 0000FF is blue.
           BACKGROUND Background color. Like foreground color.

   ui_clip
       Selects how play the video clips.

       ui_clip none | single | singleloop | multi | multiloop | multiloopall
       Options:
           none No clip.
           single Play only one clip and only one time (default).
           singleloop Play only one clip continuously. The sound is not
               looped.
           multi Play all the clips.
           multiloop Play all the clips, and loop the clip on the cursor. The
               sound is not looped.
           multiloopall Play all the clips, and loop all the clips.  The sound
               is not looped.

   ui_translucency
       Selects the translucency of the user interface.

       ui_translucency FACTOR

       Options:
           FACTOR Translucency factor from 0 to 1 (default 0.6).

       The translucency has effect only if you have a background image.

   ui_command
       Defines the user commands. These commands are executed as shell
       scripts. The video mode is not changed, so they must be silent.

       ui_command "MENU" SCRIPT

       Options:
           MENU Name of the menu entry.
           SCRIPT Commands to execute. If you need to insert more command rows
               you can end the line with the \ char.

       In the script text some macro are substituted with information of the
       selected game:
           %s The game name. For example "pacman".
           %p The complete path of the rom. For example
               "c:\emu\roms\pacman.zip".
           %f The rom name with the extension. For example "pacman.zip".

       If no game is selected the macros aren´t substituted.

       If the script exits with an error code, a message is displayed.

       Examples:

           ui_command "Delete Hiscore" \
                rm ~/.advance/hi/%s.hi
           ui_command "Enable GamePad" \
                rmmod analog \
                sleep 1 \
                modprobe analog js=gamepad
   ui_command_menu
       Selects the name of the menu entry for the commands submenu.

       ui_command_menu MENU

       Options:
           MENU Name of the menu entry (default "Command").

   ui_command_error
       Selects the message to display if a command fails.

       ui_command_error MSG

       Options:
           MSG Message to display (default "Error running the command").

   ui_menukey
       Enables or disables the key names in the menu entries.

       ui_menukey yes | no

   ui_console
       Changes the user interface behavior for the use on a game console
       system. Mainly for AdvanceCD.

       ui_console yes | no

       In console mode the menu is reduced to contains only the minimal
       commands, and the sound volume is propagated to the emulators if
       possible.

   Input Configuration Options
       This section describes the options used to customize the user input.

   device_keyboard/joystick/mouse_*
       These options are used to customize the input drivers.

       All the `device_keyboard/joystick/mouse_*´ options defined in the
       `advdev.txt´ file can be used.

   input_hotkey
       Enables or disables the recognition of the special OS keyboard
       sequences.

       input_hotkey yes | no
       Options:
           no No hot key recognition.
           yes Hot key recognition (default).

       In DOS the hotkey recognized are:
           CTRL+ALT+DEL Reset.
           CTRL+ALT+END Quit.
           CTRL+BREAK (Pause) Break.

       In Linux the hotkey recognized generally are:
           CTRL+C Break.
           ALT+Fx Change virtual console.

   lock
       Locks or unlocks the user interface. When locked, the user can only
       browse and run games. Options can´t be changed and the user cannot
       exit.

       lock yes | no
       Options:
           yes Locked mode activate.
           no Locked mode deactivate (default).

   event_assign
       Customizes the input keyboard codes that trigger menu events.

       event_assign EVENT EXPRESSION
       Events:
           up, down, left, right Movement.
           home, end, pgup, pgdn Movement.
           enter Main action, start.
           esc Back action, exit & cancel.
           space Change action, select & deselect.
           ins Select all.
           del Deselect all.
           menu The main menu.
           sort Changes the sort mode.
           mode Change the display mode.
           preview Change the preview mode.
           emulator The emulator menu.
           help Show a little help.
           group Select a game group.
           type Select a game type.
           exclude Exclude some games with filters.
           setgroup Select the group of the current game
           settype Select the type of the current game
           runclone Run a game clone.
           shutdown Shutdown the machine.
           command The file command menu.
           rotate Rotate the screen of 90°.
           lock Lock/unlock the user interface.
           mute Mute/unmute the audio.

       Options:
           EXPRESSION Definition of the key expression that generates the
               event. It´s a combination of the key names or scan-code, and of
               the operators `not´, `or´. The `and´ operator is implicit
               between consecutive scan-codes.
           KEY The available key names are: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k,
               l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
               6, 7, 8, 9, 0_pad, 1_pad, 2_pad, 3_pad, 4_pad, 5_pad, 6_pad,
               7_pad, 8_pad, 9_pad, f1, f2, f3, f4, f5, f6, f7, f8, f9, f10,
               f11, f12, esc, backquote, minus, equals, backspace, tab,
               openbrace, closebrace, enter, semicolon, quote, backslash,
               less, comma, period, slash, space, insert, del, home, end,
               pgup, pgdn, left, right, up, down, slash_pad, asterisk_pad,
               minus_pad, plus_pad, period_pad, enter_pad, prtscr, pause,
               lshift, rshift, lcontrol, rcontrol, lalt, ralt, lwin, rwin,
               menu, scrlock, numlock, capslock.

       Examples:

           event_assign enter lcontrol or enter
           event_assign menu 90 or 35
           event_assign emulator 91 23 or not 21 33
       You can use the utility `advk´ to get the key scancodes and names.

   event_repeat
       Selects the repeat rate of the various events.

       event_repeat FIRST_TIME NEXT_TIME
       Options:
           FIRST_TIME Time of the first repeat in ms.
           NEXT_TIME Time of the next repeats in ms.

   event_mode
       Selects whether to wait for a complete screen update before processing
       the next event.

       event_mode wait | fast
       Options:
           wait The screen is completely redrawn before processing the next
               event.
           fast If an event is waiting, the screen drawing is interrupted
               (default).

   event_alpha
       Disables the alphanumeric keys for fast moving.  If you have a keyboard
       encoder or a keyboard hack with some buttons remapped to alphanumeric
       keys, it´s useful to disable them.

       event_alpha yes | no
       Options:
           yes Enable (default).
           no Disable.

   Other Configuration Options
   idle_start
       Automatically starts a random game after some time of inactivity.  You
       can also configure the AdvanceMAME option `input_idleexit´ in the file
       `advmame.rc´ to create a continuous demo mode.

       idle_start START_TIMEOUT REPEAT_TIMEOUT
       Options:
           START_TIMEOUT Number of seconds to wait for the first run. 0 means
               never (default never).
           REPEAT_TIMEOUT Number of seconds to wait for the next run. 0 means
               never (default never).

       Examples:

           idle_start 400 60
   idle_screensaver
       Selects the start time of the default screen saver. The screensaver is
       a slide show of the available snapshots.

       idle_screensaver START_TIMEOUT REPEAT_TIMEOUT
       Options:
           START_TIMEOUT Number of seconds to wait for the first run. 0 means
               never (default 60).
           REPEAT_TIMEOUT Number of seconds to wait for the next run. 0 means
               never (default 10).

       Examples:

           idle_screensaver 40 5
   idle_screensaver_preview
       Selects the preview type to use in the screensaver. Like the preview
       option.

       idle_screensaver_preview none | exit | shutdown | play
            | snap | flyers | cabinets | titles
       Options:
           none Shutdown the monitor using the VESA/PM services if available.
               Otherwise use a black image.
           exit Exit from the application.
           shutdown Shutdown the machine.
           snap, flyers, cabinets, titles Start a mute slide show of the
               specified image type (default snap).
           play Start a snap slide show using the animated snapshots and the
               game sounds. The static snapshots are ignored.

   group/type
       Selects the available `group´ and `type´ category names and which of
       them to show.

       group "STRING"
       type "STRING"
       [EMULATOR/]group_include "STRING"
       [EMULATOR/]type_include "STRING"
       Commands:
           group, type Define a category.
           group_include, type_include Show a category.

       Options:
           EMULATOR/ Nothing for the default value, or an emulator name for a
               specific emulator option.
           STRING name of the category

   group/type/desc/info_import
       Selects the automatic import of the groups, types, descriptions and
       extra information from an external file. The extra info are additional
       information displayed for every game.

       The file formats supported are CATVER, CATLIST/CAT32, MacMAME and NMS.
       The files are read in the current directory in DOS and Windows and in
       the $home directory in Linux and Mac OS X.

       WARNING! These options DON´T OVERRIDE any user explicit choices made
       with the `game´ option.

       desc_import (catver | mac | nms) "EMULATOR" "FILE" ["SECTION"]
       info_import (catver | mac | nms) "EMULATOR" "FILE" ["SECTION"]
       group_import (catver | mac | nms) "EMULATOR" "FILE" ["SECTION"]
       type_import (catver | mac | nms) "EMULATOR" "FILE" ["SECTION"]
       Commands:
           desc_import Imports the game names shown in the menu.
           info_import Imports additional information printed on bottom bar of
               the menu.
           group_import Imports the group names of the game.
           type_import Imports the type names of the game.

       Options:
           none Don´t import.
           catver Import in the CATVER format. In this format you must also
               specify the section to load.
           catlist Import in the CATLIST/CAT32 format.
           mac Import in the MacMAME format.
           nms Import in the NMS format.
           EMULATOR The emulator tag name as specified in the `emulator´
               option.
           FILE The file name.
           SECTION The section name (only for the `ini´ format).

       Examples:

           group_import catver "advmame" "catver.ini" "Category"
           info_import catver "advmame" "catver.ini" "VerAdded"
           group_import catlist "advmame" "catlist.ini"
           type_import mac "advmame" "Genre 37b14.txt"
           desc_import nms "raine" "raine.nms"
       The CATVER/CATLIST files can be downloaded at:

           http://www.progettoemma.net/?catlist
   misc_exit
       Selects the exit mode.

       misc_exit none | normal | shutdown | all
       Options:
           none Exit is disabled.
           normal Exit is possible pressing ESC.
           shutdown Exit is possible pressing CTRL-ESC.
           all All the exit modes are possible.

   misc_quiet
       Disables the copyright text message at the startup.

       misc_quiet yes | no
FORMATS SUPPORTED
       This is the list of the file formats supported by AdvanceMENU.

       Images:
           PNG The PNG format.
           PCX The PCX format.
           ICO The ICON format.

       Clips:
           MNG The MNG-VLC (Very Low Complexity) sub format without
               transparency and alpha channel.  Or the sub-formats generated
               by AdvanceMAME or by the `advmng´ compression utility.

       Sounds:
           MP3 The MP3 format.
           WAV The WAV format with a sample size of 16 bit.

       Fonts:
           TTF The TrueType format (with the FreeType2 library).
           RAW The RAW format.
           PSF The PSF format.
           GRX The GRX format.

       Archives:
           ZIP The ZIP format.

SIGNALS
       The program intercepts the following signals:
           SIGQUIT Exit normally.
           SIGTERM, SIGINT, SIGALRM Exit restoring only the output devices.
           SIGHUP Restart the program.

COPYRIGHT
       This file is Copyright (C) 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012 Andrea Mazzoleni,
       Randy Schnedler.



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