DatUtil will assist with numerous actions related to dat file creation and conversion.
A standout Wah!Cade specific function which is useful for all platforms, is its ability to convert DAT files to MAME ListXML format. If this is done, you may obtain additional information for systems which traditionally were only supported by rom_folder list generation method.
ClrMame XML to MAME ListXML Conversion
wine datutil.exe -f listxml -o output.xml clrmame.xml
The result can be linked in the dat_file portion of the emulator.ini; once linked the rom_folder_vs_listxml or listxml in the list_generation_method should be used to take advantage of the new information.
### List Generation Settings ### rom_path ~/emulators/demul/roms/awave rom_extension zip dat_file ~/emulators/demul/output.xml nms_file catver_ini_file list_generation_method rom_folder_vs_listxml