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André Heldoorn

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Informal eCS 1.2R releases
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:13:36 pm »
Apparently creating bootable, updated OS CD is quite hard. Are there informal eCS 1.2R releases for OS languages which have no official eCS 1.2R release (which shoudl work with more than one core), just like there's an informal Korean Warp 4 FP15 FixPak?

Roderick Klein

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Re: Informal eCS 1.2R releases
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2018, 12:52:20 am »
Having worked at Mensys on eCS 1.2R it was released in English, Italian and German. The Italian version might have been 1.2 and not 1.2R.  eCo software created an eCS 1.2R Russian.

I am not aware of any other languages being created. The reason most likely nobody ever did this is because most likely nobody understands the complex technical swamp its under the bonnet of any OS/2 installer. Its not really down to the desigh of the eCS or ArcaOS installer. They both lean on portions of the IBM installers such as
SEINST/RSPINST (which install the base OS from OS2IMAGE). This is where the first fun starts, updating the pack files in the correct directories.  If you cold call this fun! Then other installers such as the PEER and MPTS installer run in different fashion. So example MPTS uses a ZIP files instead of packfiles. 
I consider it a technicall house of horrors.

Anyway stepping in and updating all of that stuff is certainly a pretty massive job... My estimate at Mensys is that we worked a full release of another language about 2 tot 3 months at least. Which should give a clue how much work it was.... And of course you need to know what your doing and how to debug a failling a installation, which can also be pretty time consuming...

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Re: Informal eCS 1.2R releases
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2018, 11:06:32 pm »
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Having worked at Mensys on eCS 1.2R it was released in English, Italian and German. The Italian version might have been 1.2 and not 1.2R.  eCo software created an eCS 1.2R Russian.

This is where the first fun starts, updating the pack files in the correct directories.
So elves don't exist... Of course I want the missing one, albeit an informal 1.2R may be restricted to e.g. Dani-updates and a newest kernel (just the basic stuff to support hardware newer than Pentium 4s).

I do use the official, full 1.2R English too, but only to install the English toolkit. Its 1.2R installer works. I don't like the concept of mixing languages (e.g. Korean FP6 and English FP15), so I never considered using a 1.2R CD. Which may be too old by now anyway.

Other people have already reported that updating a 1.2 or 1.2R release is possible in theory, but that this route matches the one described by you. Easier said than done. I was hoping for elves with an own informal update, a 1.2R or 1.2S, without each user having to re-invent that wheel. Hence the question. Thank you for your efforts.