chris wrote:Sorry this has taken so long despite your frequent requests . . .
No worries. I just didn't know whether it had been noted or not.
A non-existent or empty stars.dat is a boundary case that Celestia should handle properly. So, I just committed a change that allows you to eliminate the StarDatabase line from celestia.cfg and launch Celestia without a binary star database. If you leave the StarDatabase line there and just delete stars.dat, Celestia will still complain. This behavior is so that someone who accidentally deletes or renames their stars.dat file will receive notification that something's wrong.
So to remove the stars.dat file one would do by editing it out of the .cfg, not by actually deleting/renaming it? That sounds good to me
Nothing else in Celestia should be affected by the lack of a preloaded stars.dat, should it?
I'll get a prerelease with this fix built within a day or so . . . Private message me if you need a drop earlier.
Thanks for getting back to me on this!
I just installed this new release (I was still on 1.3.0!) and it does look very nice...
In fact... what did you do with it?! It seems to be running about a zillion times faster now!