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Website Suggestion #52699 06/10/03 02:37 AM
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How about a nice txt file with the version in on the site.
i.e www.mirc.com/version.txt and it at the moment it would just say 6.1?

Re: Website Suggestion #52700 06/10/03 03:24 AM
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If you know how to script you can open a socket to the mirc homepage and filter *mIRC * has been released* to get the current version and date.

Re: Website Suggestion #52701 06/10/03 03:40 AM
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are u referring to something like this http://www.mirc.co.uk/versions.txt ... you could then use the top line i believe to get the version from ..... either that or maybe in the whatsnew link u could pull it in there. if all your wanting is a txt file to retrieve version info to make an updater script from im going to guess that would be about the only current method i can think of.


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Re: Website Suggestion #52702 06/10/03 03:41 AM
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If you were to read the first line of (http://www.mirc.co.uk/versions.txt) that file, you would notice it has the up-to-date version number at the top. Perhaps this is what you are looking for?

EDIT: touche` d3m0n >:D Also, my reply was tot he previous poster, not the second >:D

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Re: Website Suggestion #52703 07/10/03 12:09 AM
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Can we confirm that versions.txt will always be "date - version"?

Re: Website Suggestion #52704 07/10/03 12:25 AM
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Yes, but I would recommend referencing a different document on the site for that information.

The versions.txt is one of the larger documents and so would waste the most bandwidth in retrieving. There are other documents such as http://www.mirc.co.uk/whatsnew.txt that are slightly smaller... but I would agree that a currentversion.txt file should be added to the site to save everyone a little bandwidth.

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Re: Website Suggestion #52705 07/10/03 01:13 AM
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$wildtok(<readline>, *.*, 1, 32)

EDIT: Better yet, use:
$wildtok(<readline>, v*.*, 1, 32)


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Re: Website Suggestion #52706 07/10/03 02:37 AM
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Although Racoon seems to think you can be 100% sure that it will always be date - version, I disagree. versions.txt is meant for reading, not parsing. Maybe one day Khaled might decide version - date looks nicer, it's a text file, that kind of change is something that should be expected. Formats for text files change all the time.

Additionally, saying it will _always_ be that way is imho flat out wrong. You can verify this by looking through the file:
27/04/96 - mIRC v4.1 (final bugfix release)
20/03/96 - mIRC v4.0 (final version)
13/09/95 - released mIRC v3.64 patch
13/08/95 - mIRC v3.51 (minor update)
29/06/95 - mIRC v3.42 (minor update)
21/06/95 - mIRC v3.3, v3.4
26/03/95 - mIRC v2.8c etc...

So you can see that it is NOT true that it will always be date - version because I've just shown 7 examples where it wasn't.

Re: Website Suggestion #52707 07/10/03 04:18 AM
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And that would be where my $wiltok example would play a role. Look for the version "template" if you will that always begins with a v, and contains a decimal.


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Re: Website Suggestion #52708 07/10/03 07:40 PM
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Right, but I'm saying, if other parts of the format have changed, what is to say other's won't as well? Maybe he'll drop the "v" one day, maybe he'll make it "version" none of us know, so we shouldn't answer a question such as "will it _always_ be like that" since none of us can answer that with absolute certainty.

Re: Website Suggestion #52709 08/10/03 05:14 AM
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Thats what regular expressions are for.

And no, it wasn't my intent to suggest that Khaled will always keep the same format, but meant to confirm this is how he has historically formatted the file.

If he's really intent on checking for new versions, I'd suggest comparing the HTTP HEAD info for versions.txt and see if it changes size. That way it only sends 100 bytes or so instead of several K.


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Re: Website Suggestion #52710 08/10/03 05:35 PM
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Regexp onluy goes so far. I mean what if he decided to change it to
"New Version is 6.1b(released ...)"
Would he change it to a format like that? Probably not, but you really couldn't handle something that handles every case. Even something like doing (.*\..*) well what if instead of MM/DD/YY he does MM.DD.YY, now that will screw up your regex.

Re: Website Suggestion #52711 09/10/03 12:26 AM
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Another, even smaller responce, which also allows to d/l the file IF it has been changed,
Get .....
if-modified-since: <day, date time GMT>