Yabwrite transfers PlayStation 2 Yabasic source files to PlayStation 2 memory cards under the PS2 Linux kit. This allows you to download Yabasic games and demos from the internet and try those with your PlayStation 2 game console.
In order to use Yabwrite, you will need:
Download Yabwrite 1.3 installation package.
Transfer the tar.gz file to your PS2 and unpack the file as
gunzip -c yabwrite-1.3.tar.gz | tar xvf - cd yabwrite-1.3
Yabwrite requires a kernel patch to access the memory card from PS2 Linux Kit. This kernel patch is included in the no-bwlinux-check-2.2.1.diff file in the installation package. If you have not already installed the patch, please see instructions on how to install the bwlinux patch at playstation2-linux.com.
Once you have installed the patch, compile yabwrite as
gcc -o yabwrite yabwrite.c
Copy the resulting
yabwrite file to
for example, and you are ready to go.
Place a memory card to slot 2, login as root and write an Yabasic source
freecell.txt to the memory card as
mount /mnt/mc10 yabwrite freecell.txt umount /mnt/mc10
Reboot the PS2 to Yabasic and load the programs from the memory card as usually.
Before using the Yabwrite, make sure that the memory card has enough free space. Typical memory cards hold about 8 megabytes of data, and a typical Yabasic program requires about 100 Kilobytes of space. Should you need more space, reboot your PS2 without a dvd and use the PS2 browser to delete some files. You can also delete files while in PS2 Linux but, if the memory card contains save games, you may have some difficulty telling which files to delete.
After finding a suitable memory card, insert a memory card to slot 2, boot Linux, and login as root. Mount the memory card as
This makes the contents of the memory card at slot 2 visible at
/mnt/mc10. When using PS2 Linux, you
are most likely
using slot 2 because the memory card with the Linux on it will be at
slot 1. Yabwrite therefore uses memory card at slot 2 by default.
To write a yabasic source file named
the memory card at slot
2, issue command
Yabwrite can also write multiple source files to the memory card at once. To do that, just use the asterisk notation (*.txt) or add several source files to the command line. When writing multiple files at once, please note that the memory card is slow and it may take some time for the Yabwrite to finish writing the programs. Please wait patiently until Yabwrite completes and do not interrupt the copying. If you want to see what Yabwrite is doing, add -v switch to the command line before running yabwrite.
By default, Yabwrite writes the source files to the memory card at slot 2. To use an alternative location, add -d switch to the command line. For example, write all txt files to memory card at slot 1 as
yabwrite -d/mnt/mc00 *.txt
The names of the Yabasic source files in the memory card cannot contain more than to 8 characters. Moreover, the file names must consist of capital letters, numbers and a few special symbols only. By default, Yabwrite tries to name the files according to the original source files, and, if a file name contains an illegal character, Yabwrite simply removes that very character from the file name. If you do not like this behavior, you can rename the source files on hard disk or specify alternative name for file at the memory card with -o option. For example, write the file "jing & jang.txt" to the memory card as "jingjang" as
yabwrite -ojingjang "jing & jang.txt"
After writing Yabasic source files to the memory card, unmount the memory card at slot 2 as
Place the Yabasic demo disk to the dvd drive and restart the Linux kit by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del. Press the reset button when asked, load the Yabasic and enjoy your Yabasic games!