distro machine 0.8rc7

I swear this will be the final tweak to the file locking code!

It's all transparent, of course, but I wasn't entirely happy with it. I'm still experiencing occasional drop-outs in the scoring mechanism, effectively leaving us with a blank score file, which is annoying.

What we now have is a sort of triple-protection, and I've hammered it relentlessly with multiple copies of "DownThemAll" ( Firefox plug-in that grabs whole pages of downloads at once. *ouch* ) all grabbing the same files at the same time, from three seperate clients, rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tatatat. flawless.

How that translates to my often-busy corz.org download pages is another matter, but the evolution continues anyway. Once I perfect "perfectly safe flat-file database access", I'll likely chuck in a MySQL option! smiley for :lol:

I believe in flat-file records, but that's a story for another time and place.

I also added some preferences for a background image (if you aren't embedding, but want the machine to match the rest of your site!). Thanks to Sad :( for spotting I had that code well hidden. It's up top with the other css stuff now.

A debug version of this release candidate is also available from the usual place. remember you'll need the debug unit somewhere to use that one.

for now..


ps.. note the distributions are in tar.gz format now, I can't find a zipper, outside the OS X built-in tool, that can retain file permissions. The windows and Linux zippers I've tried just obliterate them. If anyone has trouble with these archives, drop me a line.

On a *nix machine, it's best to unpack them in place using tar with the "-p" option, like this..

tar zxpf machine.v0.8rc7.tar.gz


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