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Setup & Installation / Re: Samba server on AOS
« on: November 14, 2017, 04:12:49 pm »
As an addendum to this I can share all partitions on each drive letter EXCEPT the drive with the samba server on it - that one only displays the samba directory yet it is setup the same as all the others.

I am obviously missing something here but what it is I don't know.

Polls / Re: Compatibility with OS/2
« on: November 06, 2017, 10:08:57 pm »
Rick, I don't think there is a definitive answer because any answer depends on usage.

For example, the manufacturing plants that my old company looks after are using OS/2 to run the machine tool controllers, all of which are 32bit programs and physical PCI cards.  Almost all of the computers now use 64bit processors (the remaining few should be upgraded by the end of the year).

In that instance, as long as a 64bit OS/2 clone will still run 32bit OS/2 programs and act in the same way as OS/2 does at the moment (high stability, up running for several months at a time and operators don't need retraining) I think the company could sell them on the upgrade with little or no certification problems.

Setup & Installation / Re: Samba server on AOS
« on: November 06, 2017, 09:49:29 pm »
Thanks Silvan,

For some reason 'nmbd bind explicit broadcast was set to Yed in the nice new smb.conf, when I edited it to No, and restarted the server it now appears on other machines.

Now all I have to work out is how to share the various server partitions.


Setup & Installation / Re: Samba server on AOS
« on: November 06, 2017, 04:29:07 pm »
Hi Silvan.

There shouldn't be any netbios over tcp running - I didn't install it.

The log shows a problem with opening a socket on  The problem might be that the dhcp server is on

Setup & Installation / Re: Samba server on AOS
« on: November 06, 2017, 12:16:03 pm »
Thanks both of you.

Andy, I followed your outline (it appeared simpler) and it appears to work.  I say appears because the server does not appear on any of my other computers which rather defeats the object of running it.

I do see that only smbd.exe is running, see attachment.  Since nmbd.exe is also listed am I correct in assuming it too should be running and if so what have I missed?

Setup & Installation / Samba server on AOS
« on: November 05, 2017, 02:00:50 pm »
Has anyone managed to get samba server working on ArcaOS?  If so can you please give me the correct incantation and number of chicken entrales I must sacrifice to do so.

OK, the last might be a joke but it does not change the requirement in any way.  The readme says nothing, the samba-howto-collection might but I think it would be better to have it as a pdf document and the Netlabs instructions seem rather irrelevant to what gets installed on ArcaOS at initial install time.

So far no matter what I do I cant get smbd.exe or nmbd.exe to run therefore samba server is not running.

I would normally assume that when software is installed it will be in a working state, maybe not at full potential but at least working. 

I have tried reinstalling ArcaOS several times just in case I had missed something - still no working samba server yet the ArcaMapper samba client works without problems which allows me to connect to the samba servers of my NAS boxes (setting up the SMB on the NAS boxes involved just ticking a box to activate it and another box to indicate user/s - if it is that simple what is wrong with our version?).

General Discussion / Re: ES/2 open source OS/2 kernel
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:28:17 am »
As you say 'A fully open-source modern OS/2 running in 64-bits on modern hardware would be a thing of beauty.' I couldn't agree more.

Unfortunately I am a hardware engineer (now retired) so there is not much that I can do to help with the development other than testing whatever you produce.

General Discussion / Re: ES/2 open source OS/2 kernel
« on: November 04, 2017, 01:25:04 am »
Keep up the good work.

When you get to the testing stage I have several new mini itx motherboard computers with AMD 2 and 4 core APUs as well as a couple of AMD multi processor, multi core HP server boxes that I can make available if that would help.

A little bit off topic but has anyone tried to use snap or panorama to drive a hdmi monitor? 

Several video cards now have DVI-D and HDMI outputs and no VGA I was wondering if it was possible to have a hdmi  monitor driven by one of those cards.

Setup & Installation / Re: How do I ...?
« on: October 24, 2017, 02:19:13 pm »
Sorry for asking all the questions but my 40 odd years of dealing with clients that have problems has made me look for very clear statements of the problem, what happened and what was done to the time they started asking questions.

In your case when you mentioned OS/2 2 my first thought was how did that work with an SSD drive - I've never had it on anything but a 486 and a very small hard disk.  I then realised you must mean eCS 2.x which I have never used.

Regarding recognition of USB MSD devices you may need to use the latest drivers from Lars that are on hobbes (  You should also check your config.sys to be sure there are the correct number and type of USB drivers and you have enough removables listed to cover what you expect to use (don't forget any built in card readers on the computer because they are classed as removables as far as OS/2 & eCS are concerned).

Setup & Installation / Re: How do I ...?
« on: October 24, 2017, 11:32:28 am »
I am trying to visualise what you have but am finding it difficult.

Am I correct in thinking the SSD was your boot drive and you have replaced that and done a fresh install of OS/2 on it?

Am I also correct in thinking you have a second drive that has your data on it and this is the drive you are trying to save?

I don't understand what you are saying about USB.  If you have reinstalled OS/2 then reading USB MSDs should be available without problems.

If you are trying to restore anything from the old SSD and it had a catastrophic failure all I can advise you to do is download the manufacturers disk recovery tools and hope for the best.  Generally catastrophic failure of SSDs means you toss them into the scrap bin.

Setup & Installation / Re: How do I ...?
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:25:27 pm »
What exactly are you trying to do?

You say you have a new SSD disk and I assume it is installed in place of the old one.  If that is the case have you run chkdsk with /f on each volume of your data disk?

Have you used DFSee to look at your data disk to see if there are any problems?

Have you used the advanced LVM manager to set the volume drive letters?

Applications / Re: Applications OS/2 Needs
« on: October 20, 2017, 03:15:51 pm »
Depending on how much image editing you want to do there are two simple editors that do what your examples do - Embellish and Phototiger.  Both are now freeware.

Utilities / Re: backup and restore using zip
« on: October 20, 2017, 02:44:41 pm »
7zip does things in its own way which isn't the way we are used to.

Good luck making heads or tails out of that for anything more complicated than compressing a few files for storage.

A manual for the command line version we have appears at


Setup & Installation / Re: Shadows on the desktop stopped working
« on: October 19, 2017, 01:13:18 am »
Hi Dariusz,

I have seen what you describe once on one machine.  The operator was monitoring some equipment via its web interface using firefox.  After a couple of weeks with firefox up 24/7 firefox just disappeared from the desktop and the machine locked up.  I was called in because OS/2 would start but die when the desktop started.  The client needing to get the computer up and running I pulled the hard disk and replaced it with the mirror disk (cloned OS image with data updated every 5 minutes).  Inspecting the pulled disk we found several things with os2.ini reduced from about 2 MB to a few K and os2sys.ini totally absent, there were also a few other configuration files either truncated or filled with garbage.  After much head scratching we were of the opinion that the long continious use of firefox somehow caused an overwrite of the section of memory where the ini and config files were stored (the fact there was html code in the garbage in the files pointed to this).

Why this happened I can't say because we reformatted the disk and re-imaged it with the standard OS/2 image for that client, replaced the disk and returned the mirror disk and it hasn't happened again in 3 years continuous use - the only difference being that they close firefox at the weekends.

A possible way of tracking down the problem requires you to have a bootable maintenance partition or a bootable cd with some tools on it also it might be a good idea to start with running memtest from a bootable cd. 

Run your main system for a few days then shut down, reboot using the maintenance partition and have a look at the ini files in the main OS2 directory (you will need an ini editor to see what there is in them) and check for any obvious garbage.  If there is garbage there, depending on what it is, it might indicate what program and/or dll is causing the problem.  If you can pin that down you are well on the way to solving the problem.

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