Just wanted to keep a thread for my patcher program. I use it a lot myself, but maybe others will find it useful, it does a lot of things, mostly relevant to NES romhacking. It's a command line program (Windows, though maybe someone can get it working on other platform from source) to patch NES files with features like applying game genie codes or ips patches, importing/exporting graphics (requires lua-gd), changing text and other handy stuff. I included a sample script for Super Mario Bros. to make "SMB Chill":
* My code is probably not very readable, but it's there. It also doesn't help that SRLUA needs it to be one big file.
* When creating IPS patches, it doesn't support RLE so the patches might be a bit larger than usual.
* There is very little error handling. If you mess up the syntax it may give some completely unhelpful error messages. This is one of the main things that makes me keep this in "beta" stage.
If anyone finds this useful let me know
---- Below is the README file -----
DavePatcher v2017.06.02 beta - SpiderDave https://github.com/SpiderDave/DavePatcher
A custom patcher for use with NES romhacking or general use.
Some commands require Lua-GD https://sourceforge.net/projects/lua-gd/
Lines starting with // are comments.
// This is a comment
You can also do a comment at the end of a line:
put 1200 a963 // set lives to 99
When comments are stripped, it will remove up to one space before the //
automatically, so if you need whitespace in your command, add an extra
space before the // like so:
text 3400 FOOBAR // set name to "FOOBAR "
Lines starting with # are "annotations"; Annotations are comments that are
shown in the output when running the patcher.
# This is an annotation
Lines starting with : are labels. See also "goto" keyword.
You can use %variable% for variables to make replacements in a line:
var foobar = fox
var baz = dog
# the quick brown %foobar% jumps over the lazy %baz%.
Keywords are lowercase, usually followed by a space. Some "keywords" consist
of multiple words. Possible keywords:
Show this help. May be useful in interactive mode.
Loads <file> and refreshes the data.
Save data to <file>. If the file ends in ".ips" it will save the data
as an ips patch. If save isn't used in the patch it will automatically
save at the end of the patch, unless in strict mode.
Changes the file but does not refresh the data.
Sets the output file. If not set, defaults to output.nes.
get <address> <len>
Display <len> bytes of data at <address>
get hex <address> <len>
(depreciated) same as get
get asm <address> <len>
Get <len> bytes of data at <address> and analyze using 6502 opcodes,
display formatted asm data.
print asm <data>
Analyze hexidecimal data <data> using 6502 opcodes, display formatted
put <address> <data>
Set data at <address> to <data>. <data> should be hexidecimal, and
its length should be a multiple of 2. You may include spaces in data
put a010 0001ff
hex <address> <data>
(depreciated) same as put
fill <address> <count> <data>
Fill the address at <address> with <data> repeated <count> times.
put a010 06 a900
This is the same as:
put a010 a900a900a900a900a900a900
copy <address1> <address2> <length>
Copies data from <address1> to <address2>. The number of bytes is
specified in hexidecimal by <length>.
copy a010 b010 0a
copy hex <address1> <address2> <length>
(depreciated) same as copy
text <address> <text>
Set data at <address> to <text>. Use the textmap command to set a
custom format for the text. If no textmap is set, ASCII is assumed.
text a010 FOOBAR
find text <text>
Find text data. Use the textmap command to set a custom format for
the text. If no textmap is set, ASCII is assumed.
find text FOOBAR
Find data in hexidecimal. The length of the data must be a multiple
find hex <data>
(depreciated) same as find
textmap <characters> <map to>
Map text characters to specific values. These will be used in other
commands like the "text" command.
textmap ABCD 30313233
textmap space <map to>
Use this format to map the space character.
textmap space 00
skip this section. You may put text after skip and end.
put 10000 55
end skip ---------
Use this to end the patch early. Handy if you want to add some
testing stuff at the bottom.
Go to the label <label>.
Set the starting address for commands
Set the offset to use. All addresses used and shown will be offset by
this amount. This is useful when the file contains a header you'd like
apply ips patch to the file
create ips file named <file> from the current patch. Note: RLE is not
palette file <file>
set the available NES palette via file
palette file FCEUX.pal
set the current 4-color palette from a hexidecimal string.
export <address> <nTiles> <file>
export tile data to png file.
export 20010 100 tiles.png
import <address> <nTiles> <file>
import tile data from png using current palette as a reference.
import 20010 100 tiles.png
start tilemap <name>
Define a tile map to be used with the export map command.
valid commands within the block are:
address = <address>
Set the address for the tile map.
<tileNum> <x> <y> [h]
Tile map entry. "h" in the fourth field is used to optionally flip
the tile horizontally. In the future, other flags like "v" for
vertical flipping will be used here as well.
start tilemap batman
address = 2c000
81 1 0 h
82 2 0 h
90 0 1 h
91 1 1 h
92 2 1 h
a0 0 2 h
a1 1 2 h
a2 2 2 h
b0 0 3 h
b1 1 3 h
b2 2 3 h
export map <tilemap> <file>
export tile data to png file using a tile map.
export map batman batman_sprite_test.png
import tile data from png file using a tile map
import map batman batman_sprite_test.png
gg <gg code> [anything]
decode and apply a NES Game Genie code. If there is a space after the
code you may add whatever text you like, as a convenience.
gg SZNZVOVK Infinite bombs
refreshes the data so that keywords like "find text" will use the new
automatically refresh the data after each change.
do not automatically refresh the data after each change. Use "refresh"
Execute Lua code
code print("Hello World!")
Evaluate Lua expression and print the result
eval "Hello World!"
verbose [on | off]
Turn verbose mode on or off. This prints more information when using
various commands. If verbose is used without a parameter, off is
Show differences between the current file and <file>
Repeat the lines in the block <n> times.
var <var name> = <string>
A basic variable assignment. Currently you can only assign a string
value. You may also do variable assignment without using "var" if
not in strict mode.
A basic if, else, end if block. "else" is optional, and it's very
limited. Can not be nested currently, only comparison with string
include another patch file as if it were inserted at this line.
strict [on | off]
Turn strict mode on or off. If strict is used without a parameter, on is
assumed. In strict mode:
* "var" keyword is required for variable assignment.
* break on all warnings.