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When is apt.dat updated?

Postby frtps » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:50 pm

It appears that the apt.dat.gz in next is from 2013, judging from the header comments, and so a bit out of date. Are there any plans to update it? What is involved in making this update?
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Re: When is apt.dat updated?

Postby Thorsten » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:15 pm

Generally a terrain re-generation, otherwise the actual layout and the layout provided by apt.dat are out of sync.
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Re: When is apt.dat updated?

Postby frtps » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:15 pm

Thanks, makes sense. So those generating their own terrain can download current airport info directly from the X-plane site and insert into their local apt.dat.
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Re: When is apt.dat updated?

Postby legoboyvdlp » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:04 pm

That is correct.

Although the current method is to use the NavData folder to load custom apt.dats rather than editing the big apt.dat which is basically meant to be read-only. I'll try and find an example for you ;)
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Re: When is apt.dat updated?

Postby frtps » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:07 am

legoboyvdlp wrote in Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:04 pm:That is correct.

Although the current method is to use the NavData folder to load custom apt.dats rather than editing the big apt.dat which is basically meant to be read-only. I'll try and find an example for you ;)


Does genapts850 merge information from both the NavData folder and the big apt.dat when looking for airport layouts?
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Re: When is apt.dat updated?

Postby legoboyvdlp » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:20 am

No.
Genapts just takes whatever input you feed it, it doesn't care where it comes from :)
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Re: When is apt.dat updated?

Postby sidi762 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:11 pm

legoboyvdlp wrote in Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:04 pm:That is correct.

Although the current method is to use the NavData folder to load custom apt.dats rather than editing the big apt.dat which is basically meant to be read-only. I'll try and find an example for you ;)


Here's an example :wink:

https://github.com/fgprc-flightgearchin ... om-scenery
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