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by hgm
Thu May 21, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Complete engine configuration
Replies: 23
Views: 868

Re: Complete engine configuration

No, yes, and yes. Cliking the +tail does something: it excludes all unmentioned moves. Why do you think it would be printed there at all, after 'exclude:'? Clicking the 15 (or anywhere on the line, actually) would do something: it would ply out the corresponding PV on the board. Clicking the NPS doe...
by hgm
Wed May 20, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Banksia GUI released
Replies: 751
Views: 79957

Re: Banksia GUI released

Weird mate scores is part of the nostalgy. Hiding the engine idiosyncracies would be a disservice to those users.

And it does make little sense for a GUI to implement a zillion different protocols. Just use adapters.
by hgm
Wed May 20, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Banksia GUI released
Replies: 751
Views: 79957

Re: Banksia GUI released

Well, if people are not happy to see it, why do engines print it? The GUI or its author is not to blame for that! Long before I was involved with WinBoard my engine Joker already printed mate-in-N as 10000+N, so that I could easily see the DTM without having to do a calculation. Worked in every GUI....
by hgm
Wed May 20, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Banksia GUI released
Replies: 751
Views: 79957

Re: Banksia GUI released

Well, if people were happy to see 327.60 or 79.98 scores then, why should it suddenly be so important to show them something different now? It is my task as a GUI developer to provide the opportunity for what the engine might want to do. That opprtunity now exists: they can either present the user w...
by hgm
Wed May 20, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Banksia GUI released
Replies: 751
Views: 79957

Re: Banksia GUI released

Indeed, it is a sad fact that immoral GUI developers could try to score points by implementing features that are damaging the interests of the computer-chess community as a whole. All we can do is appeal to them to not put their own interests above the common good, and do the right thing. I, for one...
by hgm
Wed May 20, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Banksia GUI released
Replies: 751
Views: 79957

Re: Banksia GUI released

Ras wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 1:09 pm
The only effect would be that users avoid CECP engines.
And so they should, if these are crappy. They might as well complain that some engines play poor moves, and require GUIs to run Stockfish in the background to correct engine blunders, to make poor engines look better.
by hgm
Wed May 20, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Banksia GUI released
Replies: 751
Views: 79957

Re: Banksia GUI released

Do you know the percentage (roughly) of CECP engines supported (correctly) that standard of mate scores? If they are the major, all are almost done. I prefer the easy way. Otherwise, we still need to apply some clever methods (such as one proposed by Ras) to detect mate score ranges for individual ...
by hgm
Wed May 20, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Complete engine configuration
Replies: 23
Views: 868

Re: Complete engine configuration

You are not able to discover that in order to change the MultiPV setting you would have to click on the words 'fewer' or 'more' shown beside it? :shock: https://www.gnu.org/software/xboard/whats_new/4.7.0/ExcluHeader.png You want to make us believe you thought these word were printed there just as r...
by hgm
Wed May 20, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Banksia GUI released
Replies: 751
Views: 79957

Re: Banksia GUI released

Good point. I really should update that page. The idea was that eventually it should replace the old specs document, but somehow this development got stalled. As to your questions: The score was intentionally chosen outside the 16-bit range, because many old engines already fully use that range, and...
by hgm
Tue May 19, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Any Chess GUI that reads ebooks (PDF)
Replies: 16
Views: 568

Re: Any Chess GUI that reads ebooks (PDF)

So what should the database GUI do with the book?