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Started by PotS, February 03, 2008, 06:51:29 am
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SFF load times
#1  February 03, 2008, 06:51:29 am
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Been meaning to get this out there, but is it just me or do chars take a bit longer to load when their large portraits aren't at the beginning of the SFF (like KFM) but rather closer to the end, next to sprites with individual palette?

Edit: I mean load while starting Mugen btw, not pre-fight.



Edit2: Nevermind, I just compared loading KFM with his own SFF to KFM with Dragon Claw's SFF, and the time taken seemed exactly the same.
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Last Edit: February 03, 2008, 07:14:26 am by CvS Cyanaster
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#2  February 03, 2008, 07:01:28 am
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I'm not noticing any difference. All loads the same speed as everything else for me.


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#3  February 03, 2008, 07:03:09 am
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Check the edit, sorry.
And I suppose it'd only be noticeable on old toaster-oven PC's like mine (450MHz).
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#4  February 03, 2008, 07:47:26 am
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Thats pretty toaster oven indeed. Surprised it runs DC at all  ;P


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#5  February 03, 2008, 10:14:20 pm
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jesus man... you run a old toaster? wow... i used to run the old Evil Ken by Reu on my windows 95.
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#6  February 04, 2008, 12:34:36 am
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Yes, they do.
Mugen has to load the SFF file and look for the 9000,0 and 9000,1 sprites. And it uses a linear search to locate it in the file, as it's not indexed.
So, the further below in the file it is, the longer mugen takes to retrieve it.
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#7  February 04, 2008, 06:19:37 am
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But from the test made in my second edit, it looks like you'd only notice a difference if you first tried loading 100 chars with 9000,1 at the beginning, then another 100 with it at the end.
I was just wondering if I should recompile my SFF's to have 9000,1 in the same order as KFM, but after that I'm not sure it's worth the trouble.
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