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This is pretty awesome stuff. Will this make for a completely separate solution from something like the AN stuff though?

 - Dariusz

Applications / Re: XWP v1.0.12 Beta 1
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:07:26 pm »
..Checkini tells you how to run with the option to set the desktop entry (IIRC /DC:\DESTOP, or for me /DM:Arbeitsoberfläche)...

Andi, great point, I completely forgot about this option since I rarely (if ever?) use it.

I look at the OS2 INI files as the proverbial Achilles Heel of OS/2. They are so touchy, break down so often, or maybe it is just that after years of adding to a base system, then removing stuff, then adding again too much stufff is crammed into a structure that never had the design architecture to permit the growth and/or changes I put it through.

Applications / Re: XWP v1.0.12 Beta 1
« on: January 11, 2018, 04:11:08 pm »
...Actually, one possibility is that they've grown too big and need something like checkini ran against them.

Whenever I see this issue my first option is to run checkini, if that fails, I restore my INI from backups.

Checkini will almost immediately tell you if it can fix the issue or not. The DESKTOP handle is one of the very first things it checks, if it can not find it nor determine what it should be, it basically stops, at which point in time you know the only other fix is the INI restore.

FYI, there may be other ways of dealing with this, but the above is what my process is, similarly to Dave's I believe.

Applications / Re: SDL on the Netlabs RPM Repository
« on: January 11, 2018, 04:06:06 pm »

Take a look at this ticket

I logged it some time ago (Oct-2016) when I was attempting to transition from ZIP based module installations to the RPM/YUM/ANPM ones.

Specifically, I attempted to get the RPM version of sdl/SDL installed, but ran into some problems. Eventually I lost interest as other priorities took over, but the content of that ticket will shed some light on the differences and specifically what is the correct one to install.

The last ticket update was done by Lewis, the key takeaways are:

1. The SDL (and sdl) RPMs are not complete replacements for the zip-installed package you already have. In fact, SDLttf,dll is in a separate package entirely, now (SDL_ttf). I suspect that in time, the other SDL components will be packaged separately.

2. If you do have a need for the other SDL components, you might be better off sticking with the zip. I would put them in %UNIXROOT%\usr\local\dll, and just remove them manually when are able to get the rest of the set that you need via RPM.

So in short, the RPM based SDL solution is not a complete replacement of the old ZIP based stuff. Until all the packages have been built you have the option to replace just what is available or simply keep the ZIP stuff running.

Storage / Extended Attributes - OS/2 only thing?
« on: January 07, 2018, 06:28:41 pm »
The Q may seem really trivial, I always thought that most of the filesystems out there supported some kind of EAs, see and However, as I near my attempted migration to a 4TB NAS box I struggle with the concept of retaining my EAs (mostly image thumbnails).

Specifically, my NAS box (ZyXel NSA325 v2) does not appear to handle EAs. OK, but my NetDrive links me up with both my Win7 and XP boxes, yet there as well a simple copy of an image file with thumbnail present fails. On the other hand, the minute I strip out the thumbnail all is good.

So is the problem here a missing setup on the "other" side, meaning Win7/XP/NAS? Or am I looking at some NetDrive plug-in issue here?

Before you ask, the NetDrive shares are setup to support EAs, meaning, the link is defined as if the remote box (Win7/XP/NAS) supported EAs. Therefore, I believe that the OS/2 side would attempt to share the EAs and the failures I'm seeing stem from the fact that the remote boxes do not support EAs.

Why do I care so much about retaining the thumbnails? Well, our whole photo album is going to go to a NAS box. I use PMView to browse, or mobile apps otherwise. PMView is much faster to display human digestable directory contents (images) if thumbnails exist, and given that Samba clients appear to have to read the full directory contents before displaying anything locally I am hoping I will be able to avoid this lack.

Unfortunately due to my "EAs on remote side" issue I have not been able to test out this theory.

I am also considering using a NFS or even a FTP NetDrive plugin...but absolutely no idea if/how EAs would be impacted in that case....more testing needed...LOL!

Hardware / Re: PCIE Wide Screen video
« on: January 07, 2018, 03:07:11 pm »
I found in my collection of hardware a Radeon X800 which was never used. Still in the box. That works nicely in 1920 x 1200.
Now, I would like to install more machines. So any suggestions?

The old hardware, such as your X800 or my X850 TX PE can still be found (old AND brand new) on given that these chipsets are literally at the 'top-end' of what was cutting edge and supported by SNAP, why not simply buy the stuff you need and know will work, instead of taking a chance on brand new hardware?

Further on, my suggestion is based on the fact that, at least in my case, the Panorama drivers even for a well known chipset like the X850 are completely un-accelerated. We are talking here molases slow...and for Desktop use, where screen re-draw speed matters (think something as simple as web-browser) I am simply not going to trade the speed of something like SNAP for a VESA/BIOS based display on a new video hardware.

Here are some details (tested using Sysbench 0.9.5d):

Video data
Resolution         = 1920x1200x32 bits/pixel
Number planes      = 0
Screen Access      = Direct
Bank Switched      = No
Bytes/scanline     = 7680
Aperture size      = 11534336
Manufact. code     = 5
Chipset code       = 23885

   BitBlt S->S copy      :      201.154    Million pixels/second
   BitBlt M->S copy      :      187.469    Million pixels/second
   Filled Rectangle      :      409.068    Million pixels/second
   Pattern Fill          :      333.908    Million pixels/second
   Vertical Lines        :       32.909    Million pixels/second
   Horizontal Lines      :       77.896    Million pixels/second
   Diagonal Lines        :       43.942    Million pixels/second
   Text Render           :      127.120    Million pixels/second
   Total                 :      128.374    PM-Graphics-marks

   BitBlt S->S copy      :    12452.139    Million pixels/second
   BitBlt M->S copy      :      297.329    Million pixels/second
   Filled Rectangle      :    45967.299    Million pixels/second
   Pattern Fill          :     3505.676    Million pixels/second
   Vertical Lines        :      173.686    Million pixels/second
   Horizontal Lines      :     1455.066    Million pixels/second
   Diagonal Lines        :       69.389    Million pixels/second
   Text Render           :      873.777    Million pixels/second
   Total                 :     1318.652    PM-Graphics-marks

Storage / Re: Is there OS/2 specific way to deploy a desktop system SSD?
« on: January 03, 2018, 07:51:47 pm »
Thanks everyone!

My only hands-on experience was based on several years of 1st generation Samsung 850 Pro SDD use. That was just a 128G drive for my work laptop (Dell E6400), but it required the install of WinXP and later on Win7Pro drivers. As you all pointed out, hopefully the new 850 Evo does not need that anymore and the SDD firmware handles that on it's own.

OK, the only part remaining now is the build of my NAS box so that I can toss all the media on that 4TB RAID system and leave just the stuff requiring fast-access on the SDD itself.

Will post some updates as I roll this out. Thanks again to all for your feedback.

Hardware / Re: Who has a functioning dual-head display configuration?
« on: December 29, 2017, 05:40:11 pm »

I'm using a U2412M here with 1920 x 1200 over VGA. It's pretty good. I use a KVM and up to four computers with it, so DVI isn't very attractive for my application. The U2415 seems really nice. friend, do not take this the wrong way (:o), but I could kiss ya right now!!! LOL  ;D

Thank you!!! This is exactly the sort of information I was looking for. The fact that the U2412M is recognized over VGA will allow me to either pair it up with my current Samsung 245T (which will be hooked-up over DVI) or, should I strike it rich, buy two of the U2412M units for a matching install (there is an significant panel tech difference between the Dell and Samsung displays, so working through things like colour match and angle viewing - almost a necessity in a two panel install - could prove to be problematic.

Anyways...appreciate the info, I will keep my eyes peeled for a deal on the Dell U2412M.

Storage / Is there OS/2 specific way to deploy a desktop system SSD?
« on: December 28, 2017, 06:30:18 am »
As the subject says, is there anything here I need to be aware of?

I am talking a Samsung 850 EVO drive, 250 GB, SATA interface. It is going to replace my WD VelociRaptor SATA drive.

Reason why I am asking is that I do (faintly) recall some stipulation that on the SDDs one has to carefully align the partition boundaries??? There of course is no OS/2 TRIM support, some of the newer motherboard BIOSes support something like TRIM, which means the OS level device driver becomes irrelevant, but I am not at that stage yet.

For now, I simply want to move my spinning drive to the SDD.

Any hints, suggestions, or "do not do this" would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Storage / Re: Finding an ideal filesystem for Network storage
« on: December 28, 2017, 06:25:45 am »
...along the lines of dedicated NAS box advice I would only add the following: take a close look at what filesystem the box supports, if you use EAs on OS/2 (say, photo album with image thumbnails that are stored as EAs) you want to make sure that the target NAS will support this.

That is currently my problem. The ZyXel NSA325 V2 does not support this. Subsequently my drive towards stripping the main OS/2 machine off of it's numerious HPFS386 partitions is being challenged...LOL!

Hardware / Re: Who has a functioning dual-head display configuration?
« on: December 28, 2017, 12:36:36 am »
ivan and Andreas,

Thanks you guys!

1920x1200 is a pretty good amount of room, but I have a good sized corner unit desk and well, there is plenty of room to toss another 1920x1200 into that mix...I would absolutely love to have two such screens side-by-side. In just about all the things I do, I find that I am constantly flipping between different virtual desktop screens while trying to look at multiple windows.

Well, given the current SNAP driver requirements and the fact that the Dell U2415 panels works right out of the box using DVI connection, I am thinking of finding the U2412M, which is basically a U2415 but with traditional 'thick' screen edge and all the other missing input connectors, like the VGA which I need to drive one of the panels with.

Oh, regarding the, that thing is a beauty, the thin edge is literally less then 1cm, 5mm as best as I can tell, which means that putting them side-by-side would make for an almost seamless dual-head display.

Hardware / Who has a functioning dual-head display configuration?
« on: December 27, 2017, 05:00:47 pm »
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Everyone!

Given the massive holiday sales deals around here I picked up an 'Open Box' DELL U2415 monitor. This is one of very few modern displays still supporting a native 1920x1200 resolution. Since the current video driver support is, for all intent purposes, non-existent as far as new/recent video hardware is concerned, I was pretty happy to see that this new DELL panel was recognized without any problems by my IBM SNAP driver (did not try with AN SNAP nor Panorama). This has not been the case for my old and reliable Samsung 245T displays, needless to say, I still love 'em.

Of course other OSes support crazy resolutions and display modes, like my kids' Samsung S32D850T panel, which will do WQHD 2560x1440. For us however, AFAIK the max limit given the above described limitations is that 1920x1200, or right around there.

So what I am curious about is who actually has a working dual-head display setup?

When I attempt this setup on my machine, the ATI X850 XT PE card forces one of the displays into using a VGA cable, while the secondary head can do DVI. This is a limitation of the SNAP drivers, is well understood and specifically noted in the docs. Since the new DELL does not have a VGA input port I could not use it since my Samsung 245T panel has a problem with that 1920x1200 resolution in VGA mode (SNAP can not handle the EDID the panel has which has the portrait-landscape flip resolution coded as extended mode, and that causes SNAP to scramble the video signal into a weird 920x resolution).

Soooo.....back to my topic...who has a working dual-head display? What are you using? I see this as the only viable way to expand the physical display on our platform.


Internet / Re: Experimental build of SeaMonkey
« on: December 20, 2017, 05:07:08 am »
The Firefox build seems to play VP9 fine.

Dave, then you are lucky!!!

My FF release (the official RPM one) will not play w/o that H264 extension.

Internet / Re: Experimental build of SeaMonkey
« on: December 19, 2017, 10:08:33 pm »
I just hope Dave that whatever root cause you identify will be addressed in the FF build as well...

Setup & Installation / Re: ANPM error after attempted git install...
« on: December 14, 2017, 04:33:18 pm »
Hi Andreas!

To which kind of file system you want to install the RPM stuff?...

I am installing this on HPFS386.

Yes, I did see the ZIP version as well, but having been water-boarded with the 'YUM/RPM Kool-Aid' I figured I would try to get as much of this PRM based as possible.

It is times like these that I curse the RPM thing, mostly because so much of the back-end stuff has literally no or very little documentaiton on our most of the times it's a stab-in-the-dark!

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