the "Create archives" window of Amiga911 Maker you may have noticed an option called "User
Dir(s)", and maybe you have been wondering about what it actually does?
Well here is the answer:
In case you want to crunch/compress files that are not really meant to be
included on the boot disk, or you find out that certain files you want XPK
crunched are not being crunched at all by Amiga911 Maker, there is an
quick & easy way to achive this. All you have to do is first create a new
UserLZX and/or UserXPK drawer/dir in your project directory, then you copy
all files to be crunched/compressed to the newly created dir(s). Now it
should be possible to enable the "User Dir(s)" option in the "Create
archives" window, and once you click the "Start" button, the files should
then be processed.
Here is a short explenation of the two directories:
If you create a UserLZX directory in your project dir and copy files to
it, all files inside will be added to a new archive simply called
UserLZX.lzx. The location of the archive will be in the project dir, and
if the lzx file already exists, it will be overwritten. You can also have
a directory structure inside the UserLZX dir since sub dirs will also be
added to the archive. The compression used will be of the same type as the
other archives, you can read more about this in the
Some info about LZX compressing page.
Have in mind that this functionality in Amiga911 Maker isn't really meant
for creating really large archives (thousands of files), it should usually
be no problems with doing so, but there is always a small chance of
something going wrong.
If you create a UserXPK directory in your project dir and copy files to
it, the files inside it will be XPK crunched, the only exceptions are
icons, files with a size of 512 bytes or lower and files that can't be
crunched (resulting file will be bigger than the original). I decided to
include this functionality since the normal file crunching done by
Amiga911 Maker is a bit restrictive with the files to be processed, this
is because of safety reasons since there are certain files that may not be
safe to crunch or really shouldn't be crunched at all. You can find more
info about XPK in the Some info
about XPK crunching page.
Please note that both the "XPK Crunch" and "User Dir(s)" options must be
enabled for the files in the UserXPK dir to be crunched!