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Utilities / backup and restore using zip
« on: October 20, 2017, 04:20:31 am »
For years, well really decades, I've used zip and unzip to backup and restore bootable volumes.

Now with ArcaOS, it doesn't work.

I use zip -qrS to backup and unzip to restore.

Now that doesn't work because \usr is full of symbolic links that get replaced by files.

This make rpm/yum stop working.

Does anyone have an alternative, or better options for zip that backup and restore symbolic links?

Setup & Installation / Shadows on the desktop stopped working
« on: October 16, 2017, 08:45:14 pm »
One of the machines I administer (running eCS 2.2 b2) has developed a problem. I can create a shadow (of a folder, for example) on the desktop, but it does not function. Around the same time as this started happening, I got the three error messages shown in the attachments.

After rebooting the machine comes up fine, except for the shadow problem.

What is going on? Can it be fixed?

Applications / Firefox crashes on maps
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:43:49 pm »
I'm seeing a pattern with Firefox 45.5.0 beta 8 where it crashes when the mouse hovers over a map. There is no .TRP file, although there is a beep.

It does not seem to matter if the map is Google or Bing.
A new profile brought relief, but on the second try, it crashed also.
I have one other user that I know that sees the same crash displaying a map.

Does anyone else see this behavior?
Is there anything else I could submit in a bug report other than a URL?

Multimedia / USB Audio
« on: February 25, 2017, 04:10:15 pm »
Is anyone using Lars Erdmann's USB Audio? What hardware are you using?

Networking / Copying SAMBA users and groups
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:48:46 pm »
If I have a SAMBA server, and I want to migrate to new hardware, how can I transfer my users and groups from the old server to the new one?

Networking / Secure telnet to AS400
« on: February 05, 2017, 03:50:07 pm »
OS/2 provides secure telnet to AS400, but setting it up is a little hard. I'm finding directions for the i-Series, but some of the rest isn't obvious. Like a lot of things in the era, Java 1.1 seems to be a requirement.

\IBMGSK40 is required, too. (Ever wondered what it was for?)

Mensys has moved a critical file from \IBMGSK40 to \ecs\bin\GSK4IKM.CMD, so that needs to be moved back.

Has anyone done it? I'm not really familiar with AS400.

Applications / ClamAV GUI
« on: January 18, 2017, 02:35:02 am »
I'm trying out the new ClamAV GUI from Netlabs.

Port of ClamAV-GUI by Joerg Zopes, release 0.4.1 for OS/2.

ClamAV-GUI is a Front-End for Clamav AntiVirus written in C++
using the QT4 Toolkit.

I installed ClamAV using RPM/YUM and got it working by editing my clamd.conf and freshclam.conf files.

When I start ClamAV GUI, a splash screen shows and then the program hibernates invisibly. Any idea how to troubleshoot?

Setup & Installation / Thinkpad T540p and eCS
« on: September 26, 2016, 04:22:56 am »
I'm still struggling to get this to boot. An earlier thread shows success with an Thinkpad X250, so I thought I might ask for help to get the T540p running.,948.0.html

I've cloned my X200 system disk, and while it starts to boot in the T540p, it gets hung up while displaying the boot logo.

I tried booting from both the eCS 2.2 b2 Dec 30 installation disk and from my own boot DVD using later drivers. Both seem to hang. eCS 2.2 b2 hangs on OS2LVM.DMD.

At this point, I can move the disk back to X200 and modify, then try again. What might I change to get this working?

Internet / iCloud access
« on: September 07, 2016, 04:00:10 pm »
iCloud stopped working for me again. I point the browser to the main iCloud page, and the little wheel spins for a while, then a message box comes up, offering to send the log to Apple.

The web console shows the following message, then it shows an ad to come work for Apple as a developer, and then a lot of other error messages.

mutating the [[Prototype]] of an object will cause your code to run very slowly; instead create the object with the correct initial [[Prototype]] value using Object.create

iCloud has been working for me since the release of Firefox 38 beta6. Before that it crashed with a different error, and before that it was working on Firefox 31. I imagine that Apple has now made changes that Firefox 38 beta 7 cannot support.

To see the error, point the browser at I'm hoping a newer port of Firefox, or else a bug fix will restore access.

Hardware / print won't go to default tray
« on: April 04, 2016, 11:01:45 pm »
I've seen this on a few printers. I'm using the PSPRINT postscript drivers in one case and the eCups postscript driver in another case. After installation, printing works normally, but then, after a while, the printer demands to have paper from the other tray.

I'm also curious if anyone has seen support for an IBM Infoprint 1352 printer.  Thanks!

Setup & Installation / using yum
« on: March 27, 2016, 04:01:12 pm »
I'm using yum, mostly from command line, but sometimes checking my work with ANPM. While installing prerequisites for Mozilla, OpenOffice and a few others, yum does something and all invocations that do any work end with an error condition

Code: [Select]
Warning: RPMDB altered outside of yum.
  Installing : libc-0.6.6-26.oc00.i386

Rpmdb checksum is invalid: dCDPT(pkg checksums)

This is harmless, except for the non-zero return code from yum. I want to call yum and check the return code, so a wrong return code is less convenient. Is there a way to fix the Rpmdb or get yum to ignore the error?

rpm --repairdb does not appear to make the error go away.

Applications / Fonts in Lotus Word Pro
« on: February 25, 2016, 07:08:26 pm »
I'm seeing a font problem in Lotus Word Pro. On one machine, it can render almost any fonts except Ariel and Times New Roman. Unfortunately, these are commonly used fonts.

I see that in older documents I have not used these fonts, even though they are the default fonts for SmartSuite. Does anyone know about this issue, or how to fix it?

Setup & Installation / Setting the number of Desktop archives
« on: February 01, 2016, 12:03:16 am »
In the Desktop properties of eComStation, you can set the number of archives that the system keeps.

But if you set the system to keep 7 archives, then later set it back to 3, it will continue keeping 7 archives.

The number you set seems to be kept in ARCHBASE.$$$, byte 216. I do not know where the number OS/2 uses is kept.

General Advertisements / Suntan Special v0.64 released
« on: January 20, 2016, 01:51:48 am »
The newest release of Suntan Special, version 0.64 is available. Suntan Special is a system configuration tool that installs and maintains a collection of useful software to OS/2 or eComStation systems.

Current Suntan Special users are entitled to a free upgrade to 0.64. The upgrade may be downloaded by using the update feature of Suntan Special.

The price of Suntan Special is $24.95 ($39.95 outside the USA) including media, an instruction booklet and shipping.

Version 0.64 is a bug fix and applications refresh. Thanks to current users whose many suggestions have been incorporated in the new version of Suntan Special.

Applications / Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 for eComStation and OS/2
« on: December 27, 2015, 03:59:57 pm »
Just starting out with the WarpIN install. It says don't install over an existing version. It then defaults to the existing installation directory and won't allow a directory change.

If uninstalling openoffice 4.1.1 is a requirement, it should be listed in the readme.

Did anyone install over 4.1.1? Does it work?

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