PGN file to SCID file

tlay80

I'm trying to covnert a large PGN file to a SCID file to use in scid vs pc.  (The PGN file is too large for the program to load it).

In the command prompt I'm typing this:

"C:\Scid vs PC-4.19\bin\pgnscid.exe" F:\chess\master.pgn C:\Users\TL\Documents\tcl\Chess\Databases (OM CORR)\PGN version\OM Corr 201805 PGN.pgn

And I get this:

C:\Users\TL>"C:\Scid vs PC-4.19\bin\pgnscid.exe" F:\chess\master.pgn C:\Users\TL\Documents\tcl\Chess\Databases (OM CORR)\PGN version\OM Corr 201805 PGN.pgn
C:\Scid vs PC-4.19\bin\pgnscid.exe: create a Scid database from a PGN file.
Usage: C:\Scid vs PC-4.19\bin\pgnscid.exe [-f] [-x] filename.pgn [database]
-f: Force overwrite of existing database.
-x: Ignore comments before games.
Database name defaults to the PGN filename without the ".pgn" suffix.
Note: A Gzip compressed file (e.g. filename.pgn.gz) can be used.

Which looks great -- but then nothing happens.  Isn't it supposed to create a scid file?  What more do I need to do?

Martin_Stahl

Just open SCID vs PC, Open/Create a database, then import the PGN into the database. I don't have the program installed on the system I'm on, but I think the option is under the Tools menu. 

tlay80

Thanks, but it crashes every time I try to do that.  I'm guessing because it has a hard time processing large pgn files.  That's why I'm trying to convert it first - in the hopes a scid version won't crash the program.

Is there another fix to the crashes?

Martin_Stahl

I have never had issues in the past importing large PGN files that are truly text only files. Are you sure your file is a PGN? It should be plain text.

tlay80

Yeah, definitely pgn.  It's 1.5 mb.  Notepad indicates that it can't open it because it's too large.  Some broader issue with my computer?

Martin_Stahl

Notepad can't open very large files. I use Notepad++ for things like that.

Did you get the file online? I could take a look at it and see what might be going on (and try it when I get to my main computer) 

tlay80

Thanks.  I ordered it and received it through some equivalent of dropbox.  So I can't point to it directly, but is there a good way for me to send it to you?

Martin_Stahl

Sent you a message.

stevenaaus
tlay80 wrote:

Thanks, but it crashes every time I try to do that.  I'm guessing because it has a hard time processing large pgn files.  That's why I'm trying to convert it first - in the hopes a scid version won't crash the program.

Is there another fix to the crashes?

Try Scid-vs-PC 4.20. It has a PGN parsing fix.

Martin_Stahl
stevenaaus wrote:
tlay80 wrote:

Thanks, but it crashes every time I try to do that.  I'm guessing because it has a hard time processing large pgn files.  That's why I'm trying to convert it first - in the hopes a scid version won't crash the program.

Is there another fix to the crashes?

Try Scid-vs-PC 4.20. It has a PGN parsing fix.

 

The OP provided me a copy of the file. It appeared to be corrupt; there was a lot of empty data and it choked a lot of programs. I split the file into multiple parts and could only load a few of the portions in a text editor even.

tlay80

Thanks, Martin, for your help with it.  I wound up re-downloading it, and it worked fine. 

EscherehcsE

This whole mess could have been avoided with the use of a hash checksum of the file. Did the originator of the PGN file not do this?