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Quakespasm Engine
This engine needs its own thread.

Feedback: I like the OS X version, but I have to start it from the terminal for it to work and can't just double-click it like a traditional OS X app. I'm sure you guys already know this, either way great engine.
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Uh, Run In Dosbox With Dosquake? 
might have more luck

-width 960 -height 540 -fullscreen quakespasm in linux just defaults to 720p with a black border 
also, i assume you've run vid_describemodes in the console? 
Uh, Run In Dosbox With Dosquake?

Nah, that sounds like a rubbish way to play QuakeSpasm. 
Ah Gotcha 
so install windows in dosbox then install and play quakespasm 
also, i assume you've run vid_describemodes in the console?

Yes, hence:

960x540 doesn't appear in the menu

Anyway, if my laptop just can't display 960x540, then I guess I'm out of luck. Stupid laptop. 
What kind of GPU is in the laptop? On this computer (Geforce 210) the Nvidia control panel seems to think it can set a custom resolution not supported by the monitor (LCD 27" 1920x1020"), but by default only lists the standard resolutions down to 800x600. I've never tried it though. 
GeForce GTX 765M 
Creating Work For Other People 
This is my attempt at getting some of the things that annoy me about quakespasm resolved, as well as some stuff that I think people like Sock would want to use if they could.
1 patch
1 readme
1 qsextensions.qc file
1 win32 binary (without deps)
some source files (without libraries)
1 copy of the gpl license...

Check the readme for the actual changes.
I'll probably update it a bit when people find all my bugs, or if someone I respect critisies me for not bothering adding something I was too lazy to bother with or didn't think of. Or other weasel phrases that get me out of any obligations both expressed or implied... 
Spike makes it sound boring. Has some very, very serious Kung Fu in the patch.

/Laughs are strlcat/strlcpy inclusion, I can't stand to see code that doesn't use those BSD originated functions. 
goddamn, just seeing QC file access stuff is almost enough to get me modding again. I haven't even read the rest of the readme! 
what is "bsp introspection"? 
Bsp Introspection 
@Kinn, posh words for DP_QC_GETSURFACE (which is handy for figuring out textures, or weird particle effects or whatever, I've used it to align csqc UIs to walls in the past, but meh). AD uses it to fix solid-sky issues with vanilla maps. smc uses it for figuring out footsteps, etc.

@Baker, strlcat+strlcpy were already in there. I just included ALL the .c+.h files from the 'Quake' subdir, because I'm lazy. I only two new .c files, but they're both bigger than any of quakespasm's existing c files...
check the patch for the actual changes, and good luck trying to isolate the parts that you're interested in. 
Pretty Cool ... Best Stuff Is Easily Seen In Readme 

Spike adds the (float) type cast.
But in C, variadic parameters of float are converted to double.

/Just a jokey comment.

Misc Noticed #1 ...

#define TEDP_PARTICLERAIN 55 // [vector] min [vector] max [vector] dir [short] count [byte] color
#define TEDP_PARTICLESNOW 56 // [vector] min [vector] max [vector] dir [short] count [byte] color

Misc Noticed #2


eliminate pink edges on sprites, etc.
operates in place on 32bit data

spike -- small note that would be better to use premultiplied alpha to completely eliminate these skirts without the possibility of misbehaving.

Misc Noticed #3

Spike does something with SZ_Clear and SZ_GetSpace, probably fixing a bug. Looks like buf->overflowed was set to true, then nuked. However, the buf->overflowed=false was removed in SZ_Clear and SZ_Clear is called all over the place. (Mistake?? Too engine rusty but looks like a possible mistake. And what bug was it fixing? I believe there is a bug it was trying to fix)

Misc #4

Looks like Spike made MAX_MTU work on packets (it never worked in Fitz 0.85) and then implemented something to allow multiple ones. (Wondering, is backwards compatible? I would guess no. And backwards compatibility probably shouldn't be important in this case.)

Misc #5


#define NUMQUAKECOMMANDS (sizeof(quakebindnames)/sizeof(quakebindnames[0]))

I hate it when people don't do that, haha.

Misc #6


"spike -- this is actually a pointless waste of memory.
//its not like this data will actually be used beyond this function in any gl renderer.
//this makes copying it pointless"

memcpy ( tx+1, mt+1, pixels);

@Spike: In Mark V, I use that data to allow real-time toggling on/off of external textures. And if I recall right, I use that data to quickly reupload textures if a video resolution change occurs that doesn't let GL context be reused without re-reading it from disk.

Misc Note #7

Some great comments in net_dgrm.c


Anyways, it's all some very nice and incredible stuff in there! 
Spike - cheers - sounds very cool :)

oh wow the particle system sounds great :o 
Any Chance Of A Translation? 
Not everyone on func_ is a programmer/wizard/jesus... what's all the excitement about? 
There's a readme in the download. Kinn has rummaged through it.

I didn't reveal hardly any of huge surprises. 
@FifthElephant, sorry, I suck at explaining, so I left it kinda raw.

basically, there's:
1) a load of boring uninteresting stuff that mods might use. eg, you can imperfectly run smc (check the readme for the issues I know of). smc itself isn't the aim, but the lack of any extensions in fitzquake-derivatives is why we can't have nice things like string concatenation or traceboxes in the mods that really should be using them instead of crappy hacks.
2) some networking fixes/tweaks that if nothing else should make coop significantly easier to get going, just open a udp port, set your server as public, and people should be able to find you.
3) particle system that can be used by mappers to emit custom particles from surfaces based upon their texture names, like rain, snow, sparks, etc. I should give a proper example of this.
You can also use particle configs made for either fte or dp, just so long as they didn't use jpg or png textures, but that wasn't the real aim here, mostly for rain/snow/sparks/emittance/smoke vents/etc.
4) some other stuff. ramble ramble. modders blah blah. *continues to make uninteresting noises*
there's not really meant to be anything fundamentally new here (if there was then I'd have added it to FTE first, thereby making it not new). Really its just a version of quakespasm that tries to NOT be crippleware for modders, as well as fixing some networking/connectivity issues.
it still has no csqc nor replacement texture support. :P

The thought of people doing non-quakey things with the particle system is a worry, but hopefully the community and that continued lack of replacement textures will keep those people grounded somewhat.

#2) alpha testing with a reference value of 0.666 will probably kill skirts well enough, but with linear sampling you get weird curved shapes to it. when blending, premultiplied alpha is much better, especially with mipmapping. I was trying to tread lightly and I'm lazy so I just left it as a comment rather than making any actual changes there.

#3) few things use allowoverflow, and thus few things can actually have the overflowed flag set. really its just unreliables, and those only check the overflowed flag when there is actual data inside them. that change just makes things a bit cleaner in that case.

#4) really I just reduced the mtu size of reliables back down to 1450, from 32000. nq always fragmented reliables, but it used the same value for reliables and unreliables. unreliables are still unfragmented and I didn't change any limits there, so there's nothing 'new' here. reliables now fragment much more frequently, this will have increased latency and made (non-local) load times worse, but should keep packet sizes below ethernet thresholds, preventing 100% packet loss and the inability to connect properly.
the protocol itself is identical, the receiver is in no way harmed by this change, but its still above 1024 and thus will still be an issue for vanilla clients.

#5) I have a countof macro in fte.

#6) I stopped copying the extra mips (because only fte would dare trying to use those in a gl renderer), but it still copies+preserves mip0 because of paranoia (I couldn't be arsed to read through the entirety of gl_texmgr.c to make sure it was safe).
And yes, I can be quite harsh with my wording even when I don't follow it myself, sometimes its just easier to not bother fixing it - I'd say it was nice to know what you could be fixing, but frankly its more a reminder of how many things you cba to fix... Lets just say that the comment was for a rainy day.

#7) well... I'm glad someone got something out of it at least. 
Awesome Stuff Spike 
some stuff that I think people like Sock would want to use if they could
Wow this is just awesome, QS + DP/FTE particle effects! Spike you are coding genius! Really nice to see all my DP particles flying around! :D

So I manually load the effectinfo.txt file (with the QC you specify in the readme file) and AD starts to use the new effects. For some reason I am getting 'backup Past 0' constantly spammed to the console when I load a map. I tried out ad_test10 and I get the following visual issues. Not sure how to fix this, any clues? 
backup past 0 is a traceline/tracebox thing (I think I included a note about how the vanilla code was stupid, but didn't dare fixing it due to probable precission differences and resulting minor incompatibilities).
the particle system does quite a lot of traces against the world and brush entities, so I guess I ought to try to rewrite that, even it it ends up behind a cvar.
or maybe I should just make a specific version for the particle system, where precision doesn't matter so much.

the diagonal Os look like a REALLY big copy of the particle font... I have no idea what's going on there.
the lines in the middle are something else, and the bit on the left is utterly bizzare, I've no idea what they're from either.
Hurrah for making sure I retested everything!... or not!...
only things I can think of is a NAN (possibly from uninitialised memory, a degenerate triangle, or even qc (read: division by 0). note that this could also explain the 'backup past 0' spam).

also I suspect I broke weather effects by trying to get decals working, it might be related. shows how much I test things...
I'll be sure to test ad_test10 to see if I can reproduce it.

try setting r_particle_tracelimit to 0, that should stop it from spamming traces (which will also disable blood decals).

Sock, just so you know, I also snuck in a 'cl_recordingdemo' cvar which will contain the filename, use cvar_string to read it or something. :) 
the glitches appear to be from decals.
it doesn't seem to happen in debug builds, so its probably something that I left uninitialised somehow.
I don't get the 'backup past 0' spam. 
cheers, this looks crazy!

Speaking of coop, I tried to run ad_swampy.bsp in coop last week, with QS svn.

The unreliable message limit of DATAGRAM_MTU = 1400 for nonlocal clients (here) was making it unplayable, was getting lots of "Packet overflow!" and most entities were not visible. Everything seemed OK once I uncapped that to MAX_DATAGRAM (32000).

Does it sound reasonable to remove that 1400 cap for nonlocal unreliables, maybe only use it if a cvar/cmdline flag is set?
I understand that large UDP packets are frowned upon and more likely to be delayed or dropped.. but not handling large maps/mods at all is worse. (I assume there is no way to break up the SV_SendClientDatagram message into multiple udp packets without changing the protocol?) 
re: "backup past 0" spam, it only happens with "developer 1" 
reliables larger than the mtu = server keeps trying to resend, blocking delivery of all later reliables. this especially includes the serverinfo, making it fatal even on tiny maps.
datagrams larger than the mtu = game packet gets dropped. when whatever activity goes away (ie: gibs fade out, the other players stop spamming shotgun effects, etc) then the game recovers.

nack networking (namely, fte's replacement-deltas protocol extension) was one of the things that I was considering adding, and would fix the huge unreliables issue, by splitting up huge updates into multiple frames.
the client parts border somewhat on trivial (at least if you're familiar with 666 etc), but the server side can get messy with logs and flags and resends and figuring out what consitutes a nack.
in contrast ack protocols like qw just spam everything every packet until acked, and are actually quite expensive on ram on the server.

remember that there are two protocols here.
if you're unwilling to change the nq protocol, you might be more willing to change the 'netchan' (ie: net_dgrm.c) to split+reassemble.
there's a limit to fragmentation though. bursting more than 4 fragments will generally result in the extra ones getting fragmented, so if you were to fragment that way, I'd suggest to have each unreliable fragment be complete in itself, so that they can still be reassembled even if there are gaps.
large unreliables will break the vanilla client anyway. so yeah, its important to know what you're trying to talk to.

I guess I ought to try to do the nack deltas thing, huh.

and yeah, I forgot about developer 1. :/ 
Just give it FTE's QW protocol support with map/model download so people can actually coop, throw in minimum CSQC so Sock's particles live on the client.

Why add another bandage to NQ's primitive protocol -- when you have insane skill levels which are fairly incomprehensible to even most of the rest of the engine coders?

(I mean, you spent how much time on this? A week? And there is other stuff in there too like IPv6 support no one has said anything about ... )

Then get a book deal.

"John Carmack Started Quake; Spike Finished It!"

/This update has a rather eye-popping feature set already. When I opened your download and looked I was like "WHAT?!?!?" 
Feature Request: Flood Fill Exception 
I've got a small request relating to model rendering. Quakespasm has the same code from Fitzquake which flood-fills the "background" of a skin with black. This is to remove the bright blue background of some vanilla model skins, which can show on seams.

The flood filling locates the background by assuming it starts at coordinate (0,0). Imagine one of the simplest models possible, 2 triangles forming a rectangle, with a rectangular skinmap that fills the entire skin, and the entire skin flood-filled with white. This model's skin gets turned entirely black by the feature, because the skin is no-background, all-foreground.

There are workarounds, like making sure that the pixel at (0,0) is differently coloured to her neighbours. However, this still compromises the model somewhat, because that pixel is still visible on the model, and must be black in colour in these engines.

My proposed fix is modest: if a model has a UV coordinate of (0,0) for any vertex, then don't apply the flood fill code. None of the original models the code is trying to fix have this coordinate, so it still does its job there. Any model which has a UV there clearly doesn't want flood filling to occur, because the point you want to start filling from is part of the skin, not the background. It even allows for an "opt-out" hack where an isolated vertex is added to models at that coordinate to disable the flood-fill even if the model doesn't use that pixel. 
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