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Testing results for Alpha2:

100% success :-) -- Tango

Here's the roborumble.bat equivalent shell script for Unix/Linux? systems:
cd robots
java -Xmx256M -cp .:../robocode.jar: roborumble.RoboRumbleAtHome ./roborumble/roborumble.txt
I suggest you name it "roborumble.sh" and include it in the jar.

I didn't need to change anything else to get roborumble to run. But both aplha's have stopped responding on me after a couple of matches. Maybe it is done, maybe not. But it doesn't return and give me back my prompt.

While at it I have a few small suggestions. It would be cool to know how many matches and how many rounds and so it is intending to run before the matches begin. Also after each match Curious George inside me would like to know the results in that match. -- PEZ

This is only the alpha version, i'm sure the interface will be improved later. For now just look at the results file in the "files" folder. It shows all the rules for the match (10 rounds, it seems), and the total scores, something that looks like it could be bullet damage and 1st survival. -- Tango

The results file shows the following information:

You can control the properties of the game by editing the roborumble.txt file (ie. you can change the user name, the number of rounds, etc.). f you want to execute more matches, just change the NUMBATTLES parameter.

The program will save the exected matches in the results file even if it crashes during execution. Unfortunately, it needs a big ammount of resources (pe. I can't run it in my old computer) but I don't know how to improve it. Suggestions are welcome.

I agree it would be nice to build a shell on the top of the current application, to directly control the parameters file, choose which actions to perform, and show results, but for now it's enough work to have it running. -- Albert

I agree, for a 2nd alpha release this is fine. The parameters should all be set by the server, but results and stuff would be good to have displayed later. -- Tango

Can we have roborumble clean up it's temp directory when it's done downloading and moved the bots to the correct directory? I don't like having each bot on my hd twice, even if they are small, when it's easily fixable. -- Kuuran

No problem, I'w add it to the next version. -- Albert

I think the interface is excellent, please keep it this way. I just would like a bit more verbose output while it's running. I like apps that tell me what they are about to do and some stats while it is doing it. =) -- PEZ

The GUI addon got me worried about not being able to run Roborumble without a GUI environment. This seems to be the case even without that addon. Looking at the output from running aplha3 without a windowing environmeny present it seems like this is a problem with Robocode itself and maybe hard to avoid:
Fighting... kawigi.sbf.FloodHT 0.8,kawigi.sbf.FloodMini 1.4
Exception in thread "Application Thread" java.lang.InternalError: Can't connect to X11 window server using ':0.0' as the value of the DISPLAY variable.
        at sun.awt.X11GraphicsEnvironment.initDisplay(Native Method)
        at sun.awt.X11GraphicsEnvironment.<clinit>(X11GraphicsEnvironment.java:125)
        at java.lang.Class.forName0(Native Method)
        at java.lang.Class.forName(Class.java:140)
        at java.awt.GraphicsEnvironment.getLocalGraphicsEnvironment(GraphicsEnvironment.java:62)
        at java.awt.Window.init(Window.java:223)
        at java.awt.Window.<init>(Window.java:267)
        at java.awt.Frame.<init>(Frame.java:398)
        at javax.swing.JFrame.<init>(JFrame.java:198)
        at robocode.util.Utils.setLocationFix(Utils.java:616)
        at robocode.manager.WindowManager.<init>(WindowManager.java:34)
        at robocode.manager.RobocodeManager.getWindowManager(RobocodeManager.java:75)
        at robocode.manager.BattleManager.startNewBattle(BattleManager.java:195)
        at robocode.manager.BattleManager.startNewBattle(BattleManager.java:121)
        at roborumble.battlesengine.RobocodeEngineAtHome.runBattle(RobocodeEngineAtHome.java:97)
        at roborumble.battlesengine.BattlesRunner.runBattles(BattlesRunner.java:79)
        at roborumble.RoboRumbleAtHome.main(RoboRumbleAtHome.java:29)
I think that we might have to live with this. -- PEZ

Isn't robocode supposed to be running in some invisible mode thing, so why is this happening? :-/ -- Tango

It seems related to Robocode passing information to the window. Robocode runs hidden, but may be it passes some message as "Initializing battles" or something like that. Probably would be a good idea to separate completely the GUI. -- Albert

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