Make sram

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This program creates .sav files for all iNES format ROMs in a folder and its subfolders that have the battery bit turned on. It's useful for users of PowerPak, which can't create files by itself. It is written in Python and has been tested on Python 2.6 on Ubuntu Karmic and (to a lesser extent) Python 2.5 on Windows. If you have trouble getting to run under your copy of Python, tell me about it here or on the forum.

#!/usr/bin/env python
See versionText below for copyright information.

Change log:
0.02 (2009-12-30): fixed a 'with' statement that I missed
0.01 (2009-12-29): initial release
import os
# I'd use python 2.5's with statement, but the last time I posted a
# python program on pocket heaven, people were complaining about not
# being able to run my program on python 2.4.

helpText = """Usage: make_sram [foldername]
Makes empty 8192 byte .sav files for .nes files that need it.
versionText = """make_sram 0.02 (2009-12-30)

Copyright 2009 Damian Yerrick
Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification,
are permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright
notice and this notice are preserved.  This file is offered as-is,
without any warranty.

def findAllRoms(folder='.'):
    pathnames = []
    for (root, folders, files) in os.walk(folder):
        for filename in files:
            if filename.lower().endswith('.nes'):
                pathnames.append(os.path.join(root, filename))
    return pathnames

def getINESBatteryBit(filename):
    infp = None
        infp = open(filename, 'rb')
        c = ord(
        return (c & 0x02) != 0
        if infp is not None:

def getSavName(filename):
    (folder, filename) = os.path.split(filename)
    (filename, ext) = os.path.splitext(filename)
    return os.path.join(folder, filename + '.sav')

def processFolder(folder='.', dry=False):
    # First find the corresponding .sav filename for each .nes rom
    # with a battery bit
    savFiles = [getSavName(filename)
                for filename in findAllRoms(folder)
                if getINESBatteryBit(filename)]
    # Then find the ones that don exits (like tires)
    savFiles = [filename
                for filename in savFiles
                if not os.path.exists(filename)]
    blankSavData = chr(0) * 8192
    for filename in savFiles:
        print filename
        if not dry:
            r = open(filename, 'wb')

def main(argv=None):
    if argv is None:
        import sys
        argv = sys.argv
    if len(argv) > 1:
        folderName = argv[1]
        if folderName in ('--help', '-?', '/?', '-h'):
            print helpText
        elif folderName == '--version':
            print versionText
        folderName = '.'

if __name__=='__main__':