MSXHub news

Par fr3nd

Expert (110)

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10-04-2020, 18:17

Hi,

I just wanted to announce a new release of MSXHub with some very interesting improvements.

  • More speed! Thanks to Ducasp the HUB.COM client can keep the connection opened (keepalive) while downloading several files, saving a precious time especially in packages with a big number of files. With this and the other recent speed improvements also contributed by Ducasp, have made downloading packages a much nicer experience.
  • Graphical interface Also by Ducasp, a very nice user interface is now available when using the HUBG.COM command. This will make the management of the packages much easier for those who don't feel confident with the command-line. Both clients are fully compatible, use the same database and they released under the same package: https://msxhub.com/HUB

To update it to the latest release just run hub upgrade hub from your MSX.

Since the first release of MSXHub I've been adding more and more packages to the repository and some people have also contributed with their own. At the moment there are 80 packages available, and this number is growing every day.

Being this an open-source project, I would like to encourage everyone to contribute with new packages. It's very easy and I tried to document the process as much as possible. You just need to create a simple YAML file. More info here: https://github.com/fr3nd/msxhub-packages
There is also a package builder which will make the creation of the YAML file easier: https://msxhub.com/pkgbuilder

Thanks to everyone for the continuous support and suggestions and specially to Ducasp for his contributions!

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Par ducasp

Champion (383)

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11-04-2020, 15:18

Thanks for the kind words Fr3nd, MSX HUB is a fantastic tool that I hope will be more used by the time XSWifi and other lower cost accelerated MSX internet adapters become a reality, you do a fantastic job not only engineering the whole concept of MSX HUB and bringing it to everyone, but also on maintaining quite a lot of packages, and, best of all, releasing its source code and being really open to external contributions, this what, in my opinion, drive such projects, that are not profitable, to the success, welcoming whoever wants to help and keeping the wheels running, which all of us know it is a difficult thing to do on a hobby when our paid job and family have most of our time. Wink

So thanks for bringing MSX HUB to life and I'm glad to be able to help with it. Smile

Par ToriHino

Hero (600)

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11-04-2020, 22:31

New version works really well, and indeed quite a big improvement in the speed Smile Next to that the HubG client works excellent as well.

Par ducasp

Champion (383)

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26-09-2020, 01:00

Hi everyone,

I've created a new version of HUB (1.05) and HUBG (0.80). It contains small fixes:

  • If keeping connection alive, alow for ONE failure, in that case, it will turn off keep alive and work as if there is no keep alive capability. It seems some internet providers do not like how much time a MSX can take from the last packet of GET transfer until it send again a new information on the opened connection and close the connection themselves (this is not cool, but hey, that's life)
  • In some cases a package would be uninstalled but one or two of its directories were not removed, even though they were empty, now it should not happen anymore (unless there is a file in the directory that was not installed by HUB, then it won't ever delete that file or remove the directory)
  • Pre-allocate file: On a large FAT16 partition that is nearly full this can save a lot of time, this avoids Nextor having to calculate clusters every few blocks written, it will do just once... That is useful until Nestor release a new version of Nextor that uses a different cluster approach

I'm sorry it took so long to announce it, Fr3nd wanted me to announce it as I was the one that worked on this version but I got a little bit carried away working on new stuff for BaDCaT and also quite a lot to do on my job, so I've forgot it, shame on me Tongue

Par ToriHino

Hero (600)

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26-09-2020, 08:52

Great, thanks for the update Smile