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General Discussion / Re: "It will be ready when it is ready"
« on: May 22, 2016, 06:08:26 pm »
I'm not sure why you see this answer as rude.  In my experience, it's simply the most honest answer a developer can give.  Certainly I don't think I know any developer who means to be rude or 'sassy' by saying this.

Maybe it has something to do with the context, though...

Setup & Installation / Re: Minimal config.sys
« on: May 19, 2016, 05:15:39 am »
Why do you need basedev=ibmint13.i13? Unless you have a disk controller that isn't supported by any OS/2 driver, it's useless.

Also, you may need EARLYMEMINIT=TRUE.

I see you are not including any CD-ROM or USB support, but I assume that's intentional on your part.

To address the original question, the way removable media is implemented on OS/2, unmounting one partition on the device causes all of them to be unmounted.  The message you are getting is from the USB XCenter widget, which I never use and is rather weird in my experience.  I suspect the warning message in this case is bogus.  If you look at your Drives folder after ejecting T:, it's probably that both T: and X: have disappeared.  If that's not the case, then something very odd is happening.

Setup & Installation / Re: Installing Boot Manager on second disk
« on: May 10, 2016, 07:04:01 am »
Boot Manager does support being on disk 2.  However, for some reason the LVM program from IBM doesn't provide a way of putting it there, even though the LVM engine (API) itself does.

You could try my incomplete LVMGUI replacement... It's only half-finished, but I think installing Boot Manager is one of the things I actually implemented.  (It's been a few years so I don't remember clearly.)
The idea is that you select the second disk in the bottom panel, then choose System->Boot Manager->Install.

No promises that it will work, but if you have no other options you can try it. :)

Actually, since (if I read correctly) you are using the old volume's drive letter on the new volume, this should work fine - as long as you write the correct boot sector with bootable JFS on the new partition.  (Simply formatting it isn't necessarily enough.)  I believe the SYSINSTX command is what you need.

Setup & Installation / Re: Java installation
« on: April 28, 2016, 02:18:07 pm »
I've never specifically installed Java on OS/2, it always somehow got installed automagically when installing Netscape...

Now, when I want to install TCPAPPS, I'm told I can only do this through Java.

I don't know why Netscape hasn't installed Java. Can anyone tell me how to do it manually?

Java is not installed as part of Netscape.  Perhaps you're thinking of the fact that the full SDK version of Java 1.1 and/or 1.3 used Netscape for its guided install.

Since WSeB, Java 1.1.8 is installed along with the OS as part of the FIBASE component, assuming you select the right options.  That's the version that TCPAPPS works with best.

You can install later by running CLIFI /A:T to create an Install object, then load the install data using "response file -> read" from its context menu and selecting FIBASE.RSP from \OS2\INSTALL.  Then double click the object, deselect everything except the Java items, and choose Install.  It will go to \JAVA11 on the boot drive (it's possible to change that, but it requires rather tricky advanced techniques).

General Discussion / Re: Difference between OS/2 and eCS
« on: April 19, 2016, 11:21:33 am »
You must have kernel 1.04a or later to use ACPI.  You can get this by obtaining (SMP kernel) from various places, including (upgrades section, kernel directory).

If you don't use eCS 2.x, I recommend installing the last FixPak for whatever OS/2 4.x version you have before you update the kernel.  That's FixPak 5 for MCP/ACP, FixPak 3 for WSeB, or FixPak 15 (17 with an IBM support contract) for Warp 4.

NOTE: If you use an SMP kernel, you must also install the SMP version of DOSCALL1.DLL (which is included in the ACPI WarpIN package).

Internet / Re: FTPD configuration
« on: April 19, 2016, 11:07:49 am »
Use the TCP/IP configuration notebook, "Security" page, to configure users and set permissions.

  • Create a user using 'Add'
  • Enable FTP access for that using the 'Configure' button under 'FTPD'. Choose what directories they have access to and what permissions, etc.
Also make sure FTPD is started ("Autostart" page), unless you prefer to start it manually yourself of course.

It'll tell you to reboot after saving the changes, although if it didn't change CONFIG.SYS then you only really need to restart the FTPD process.

Networking / Re: Installing NFS
« on: April 16, 2016, 06:44:14 pm »
This is a Feature Install package, so it might require Netscape 4.61 to install.

Alternatively, you could try a manual object-based install:
  • Run "CLIFI /A:T" from a command line to create an empty Install Object on the desktop
  • Right-click the Install Object, choose Response file -> Read and select TCPINST.RSP from the \cid\server\tcpapps\install directory.
  • Open the newly-renamed TCPINST object and delelect everything except NFSIcon and Uinstal.
  • Click Install and cross your fingers.

This will put all the files on your boot drive.  If you need to change the target directory a few other steps are needed.  You may also find your desktop gets rearranged.  I have not tested this so be warned.

Setup & Installation / Re: Problem installing eCups 2.1
« on: April 07, 2016, 05:44:35 am »
Hmm, this is interesting. I just now noticed that clicking Print in applications cause the application to quit. It apparently is system wide to. Apache Open Office apps just quit. Test Editor spits out a dialog box about an exception error EGPFault. I wonder if there is an error log that recorded the problem. Let me check... I will see if any other apps with printing capability go "POOF!" when I click print.

Look for a POPUPLOG.OS2 entry. 

Are you using an imported PPD driver?  Also, which printer DRV: ECUPS.DRV, ECUPS-HP.DRV, PSCRIPT.DRV or PSPRINT.DRV?

Setup & Installation / Re: Problem installing eCups 2.1
« on: March 24, 2016, 04:57:40 pm »
I think that SYS0002 message is probably coming from lpadmin.exe, although without the full context (i.e. log) I can't be sure.

However, lpadmin.exe from CUPS 2.1.0 has no dependency on CUPS.DLL.  In fact, nothing in CUPS 2.1.0 should have a dependency on CUPS.DLL.  So I can only guess you might have an old version of the executable lying around somewhere that is getting called by mistake.

FWIW, I'll be updating Workplace Sans to v1.01 fairly soon (hopefully within this month).

There are known problems printing plain text format using a TrueType font with PSPRINT. As noted in another thread on this forum, it seems to occur when word wrapping is enabled.  This seems to be some sort of PSPRINT bug, so I don't think updating Workplace Sans is likely to fix it, but by all means let me know what the results are.

There will hopefully be more work done on PSPRINT later this year.

Applications / Re: Web Fonts for OS/2 ?
« on: March 03, 2016, 03:48:40 am »
That applies to the GA 1.3.x version.  The beta v2.0 version adds support for all OTF fonts.  (It's not on my main website because it is still beta, and has known bugs, but it's on my github and I think on Hobbes.)

Great, it works for installing OpenType fonts. But it brings in my opinion no better handling of font capabilites. At least not for mozilla apps that provide their own (broken) freetype. Some things work (black magic?) like german ligatur (tz ch) in entry fields (also in composer), but more common thing like "long s" don't. Every word should start with it by using a german font. In this case you have to check every small s in a text for the right setting by hand - quite boring. Also windows notepad needed a long time to support this (in win7).

Contextual substitution, which I believe is what you are referring to, uses the OpenType layout tables. So first of all the font itself must support it.  Moreover, this cannot be handled by the font driver, but is the responsibility of the layout engine. Effectively, that means it's up to the individual application to support it.

Applications / Re: Fonts in Lotus Word Pro
« on: March 03, 2016, 03:42:26 am »
The font (face) name is the key, which is what GPI uses to resolve the font (and that gets passed on to the printer driver).  So if you have multiple fonts with the same face name, the results will be unpredictable.  It's possible that WordPro was somehow getting the metrics (character dimension) data from the Type 1 font, but loading the characters themselves from the TTF font; since the two use different coordinate systems, that's going to cause problems.

I can't see why the printer driver would affect on-screen rendering. Or is there specifically a problem with printouts as well?  You mention this happens only with PSPRINT as compared to LASERJET. Did you try with PSCRIPT?

Applications / Re: Web Fonts for OS/2 ?
« on: February 29, 2016, 12:06:11 pm »
Truetype is the only format that everyone has support for.

Type 1 fonts are arguably more widely supported, if not so ubiquitous, and have existed for longer.

Not absolutely, in an OS/2 installation only Win-OS/2 component provides Truetype-support. Truetype fonts are only added to \psfonts if you install additional language fonts (japanese, etc.). Of course they could be used for PM display but printing is another topic.

I'm not sure what to make of this.  The first two statements may have been true for Warp 3, but since Warp 4 TrueType support has been included in OS/2 out of the box.  And there's nothing to stop them being printed, although quality may suffer unless you use something like PSPRINT.

Opentype does work after updating the WPS freetype driver, thanks to Alex.
Opentype is not a completely new font format, more another kind of packaging fonts. You're mentioning this software: OpenType works to some degree (only for TT fonts), to cite from Alex's page: "It does not currently support OpenType PostScript fonts..."

That applies to the GA 1.3.x version.  The beta v2.0 version adds support for all OTF fonts.  (It's not on my main website because it is still beta, and has known bugs, but it's on my github and I think on Hobbes.)

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