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Is there a where to run Pico-8 from the commandline so that it can compile/export without having to run the actual game? I'm looking for a way to create the HTML export without having Pico-8 running.

I'm often on a computer where I can't install P8 but can code with a cloud IDE. Of course, that's just blind coding without any running or debugging. So was thinking if I can could install Pico-8 on my web server (which I can ssh into) and run a command that will tell P8 to export the web version, then I might be able to do some debugging and testing.


I see there's a headless mode now available but not sure that would allow this type of workaround. That sounds like a normal "run and quit" type of thing.

P#47856 2018-01-04 11:33 ( Edited 2018-01-04 17:47)

Remember you can run the EXPORT() function from a cart (not just from the command line), so you can make a builder cart that just loads and exports the game, and use the -x flag to run that builder cart you have prepared.

There's an example of that in this post: https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?pid=46039

But, as that post notes, SDL2 video/audio is still required in the "headless" mode right now, so it may not be easily runnable from an average web server

P#47858 2018-01-04 12:05 ( Edited 2018-01-04 17:06)

Ah ha...thanks for the link. Totally get it and I'll give it a shot but you're probably right that the SDL stuff will be the roadblock.

But I might be able to come up with another workaround even if it comes down to scheduled tasks and FTPing stuff. Just having that commandline-ability should prove useful.

P#47861 2018-01-04 12:47 ( Edited 2018-01-04 17:47)

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