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..

;o) Cor

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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