Emulator Issues #10957
Android: Prefer INI settings instead of SharedPreferences to retain settings across Dolphin builds
Title says it all. Problem occurs even when uninstalling then reinstalling the same Android Studio-built APK.
#5 Updated by ryanebola16 10 months ago
Expanding this issue a little:
Certain settings use default values when installing Android Studio built Dolphin (Dolphin exists as a separate app on Android from buildbot built apps), or uninstalling buildbot Dolphin on Android and then installing an older buildbot version. Some of these settings include:
* Analytics permission
* Game directory path
* Enabled controllers
* Default controller for emulation
* Rumble setting
* Controller layout
It's really annoying when these settings need to constantly be set to test issues. Ideally, these settings should be retained across builds of Dolphin.
Ah, so the problem isn't when updating an existing Android Studio install, only when you didn't have an existing install with the same package name (either because you uninstalled it or because you didn't have one to begin with)? Then I understand, and can reproduce it perfectly.
I agree that it is annoying... But on the other hand, that's how Android apps are intended to work. We will probably actually need to remove the ability to automatically carry over any settings at all in the future once scoped storage becomes mandatory. At that point we would probably want to add some kind of convenient data import/export feature.
#7 Updated by ryanebola16 10 months ago
Yes, sorry I knew something was wrong at the time of writing the report but I hadn't tested enough install/reinstall cycles to say what I know now. But even with scoped storage, shouldn't it still be possible for Dolphin to read settings from an INI file via storage access framework APIs? I think that the settings I previously mentioned should be set in an INI and readable across all Dolphin builds, regardless of package name.
Yes, if the user manually selects a location for Dolphin to store its data at. This would need to be done for every installation of the app. Otherwise we can only access the app-specific storage, which gets wiped on uninstall – if I'm understanding it correctly, that is.
#11 Updated by ryanebola16 5 months ago
- Status changed from Questionable to Accepted
- Subject changed from Android: APKs built in Android Studio never recognize game lists or controller layout after installing to Android: Prefer INI settings instead of SharedPreferences to retain settings across Dolphin builds
I think this is the underlying issue.