thanks for your comments. Looks like I have to assemble that file here
locally using one of the mentioned python scripts.
However, I'll first negotiate with Ben that he is ok with that. I want to
requests. (For instance, if you start making frequent requests to get all
Post by Florent Rougon
Post by Torsten Dreyer
Thanks, Curt - I'll try to contact Ben.
Yes, Ben explained here some time ago (~1 year) that preparing the
monolithic apt.dat took X-Plane developers much time, so they didn't do
it anymore (at least, not often). IIRC, he also said they would have no
problem with us reading the whole db from their gateway (1 download per
airport) if we were well-behaving (my wording), with only one person
doing it for the FG project.
| This script downloads all the recommended sceneries from the X-Plane Gateway
| and concatenates them into a single apt.dat.
| The downloaded airports are cached and the process may be stopped and resumed
| at any time.
| To create an updated airports file, delete out/json.meta and run the script
| -- only the updated airports will be downloaded from the gateway.
I haven't looked at this Python code(*), just tested FG with the
resulting apt.dat file at the time. Szymon did good work in the nav.dat
and fix.dat areas (see FG commits from February), so if he's still
available and willing, it could be good to work with him.
(*) And don't know how it differs from the script Alessandro pointed to.
One piece of code Szymon wrote that I didn't have time to review and
The goal was to make sure it is safe to get rid of the *.ils.xml files
in TerraScenery, which at runtime override data from nav.dat files and
can thus be confusing (this was discovered while examining an LDA
problem at VTSP [Phuket International Airport], IIRC). I'm awfully sorry
I couldn't follow up on Szymon's work here. I never forgot it, but had
to order priorities hardly to avoid other work being wasted... So, if
someone wants to handle this little problem, he is more than welcome as
far as I'm concerned.
I'll follow up a little bit for the i18n stuff we've discussed with
James, but unfortunately can't engage on any other front until things
get better for me.
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