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hausmaus
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1. Memory leaks?
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I really need some help here... I'm completely lost as to what is the problem. This is a bit of a lengthy post because the problem's a little complicated...

I run a BBS under OS/2 Warp 4.52 (no other fixpacks). I'm using the stock OS/2 driver for a S3 Savage 4 video card. The computer is a 850mhz Athlon Thunderbird-powered system with 256MB RAM.

From Squish (the mail tosser), I keep getting this error:

30 Dec 05:50:49 SQSH ZIPing mail for 1:140/1 (1392 bytes)
! 30 Dec 05:50:49 SQSH Archiver error: Can't run archiver (-1)
! 30 Dec 05:50:49 SQSH Archiver command was: "d:\arc\zip -9Dj d:\bt\out\ff8600c7.th1 d:\bt\out.sq\1d3dd890.pkt"

The memory count is always in the negative as shown here:

+ 30 Dec 05:50:29 SQSH Begin, Squish/386 v1.11 (mem=-1464852K - main=00020010)

From what I was told, that error usually means that Squish (in this case, Squish/2-the OS/2-native version) doesn't have enough memory to run the archiver (Info-Zip's ZIP). However, oddly enough, if I use the DOS version of Squish, I have no problems whatsoever.

All of this is done automatically via command line. I attempted to install Theseus to find out what's going on, but even /THAT/ refuses to work:

Theseus3 error log opened at 6:04:53 on 12/30/2004.
T3VER0903E DosOpen error = 110 openning C:\os2\install\syslevel.FPK.
T2INIT0: PTDA_size finished with the following:
Ptda size = 00000760.
PtdaVersion = 000000C9.
fSMP_Kernel = 00000000.
fHIGHMEM_Kernel = 00000001.
fNOTHIGHMEM_Kernel = 00000000.

I searched for the SYSLEVEL.FPK and couldn't find a SYSLEVEL in my \OS2\INSTALL with that extension (found a bunch o' others though).

It was also suggested to me that it was because I was (formerly) using a program that used EMX, so I put this line into my CONFIG.SYS:

SET EMXOPT=-h256 -!0x800

I quit using that program and I'm still having problems. This is a real serious problem for me because I have to manually toss mail into the BBS and I get a lot of mail and my downlinks depend on me. Everyone else is at a loss as to why it's happening. My OS/2 install is pretty much "stock" save for a few small changes I've made in CONFIG.SYS, but I don't think it's anything that would cause this problem.

On a side note: all of my programs that give me a report on how much memory I have free (all are OS/2 native) always give me numbers in the negative. Should I toggle the "OS/2 Memory over 64MB" setting in my BIOS? I was told that only affects Warp 3 systems, but I don't know...

Any and all help and/or suggestions are greatly appreciated. I'm really at my wit's end with this problem and I don't know where to go from here.

--Sean (aka hausmaus)

Date: 30 Dec, 2004 on 13:20
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2. Re:Memory leaks?
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Is the system hitting the swapfile? Is there a chance the drive with the swapfile is filling up? There are loads of swap watcher apps out that you may try. I have had similar problems due to this, and defective hardware. You might also check your popuplog (if you're using it) to see if you've got a nasty app. What software are you using? What all is running during the normal (idle) BBS operation?
I ran a BBS through OS/2 for years. Hopefully I can be of some help.
Are you using SIO/VMODEM, or supplying direct modem connections?
Date: 02 Jan, 2005 on 23:18
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It got fixed using this line in config.sys:

set shellhandlesinc=60

Just seems that I was just running out of handles... all fixed now.

Thanks for your help though.

Later,
Sean

Date: 03 Jan, 2005 on 04:20
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