Last week was quite busy with Doomsday development as we were working full steam on the Candidate phase for the first time. My efforts were centered around fixing multiplayer regressions. Things are working almost well enough for me start the public servers again. There is one more thing I need to do before that: make sure that the client will not get confused about surface materials if (when) the server is using a different set of resources.
For the next couple of weeks we will be focusing on making the required fixes in order to get 1.9.7 into a state that we can with good conscience call "stable." We will not be able to fix everything in our bug backlog for this release; instead we are targeting the selected criticial issues listed on our 1.9.7 todo list
. Our plan is to address the rest of the bugs gradually over the course of future stable releases, which will be arriving at intervals of 2-3 months after the stable 1.9.7 is out.
For the duration of the Candidate phase, new builds are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you're interested in fixes for a particular bug, keep an eye on the list of changes in each build. You can find the builds in our Build Repository
My plan is to continue working on the items in the 1.9.7 todo list, starting with the material dictionary.
Last week I was focused on resolving some of the more critical issues in the current Candidate builds. As mentioned in my last update, the most important of which being the regressions with addon loading.
Closer inspection revealed that the resource locator was returning all resources in all subdirectories descendent from a given search path. This was what caused the animation issues with the DHTP and Plutonia's textures being mixed in with DOOM's, for example. The issue has now been addressed for today's build 374
, so any addons loaded from the console or the /auto data directory should now be fully working.
There however remains an issue with the handling of the -file argument, meaning that addons loaded from within Snowberry are not yet working as they should. This issue will be addressed for Wednesday's build.
In addition to resolving the addon loading issues I also spent some time optimizing the file system.
This week my plan is to resolve the remaining issues with addon loading and then focus on cleaning up some of the more minor issues, like object alignment in the game menu.