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Rick Smith:

A few of us have been trying (very much amateur's) to compile this source code on arca for a BBS program.  I believe it is watcom C?
Anyone have some advice, direction? Or willing to give it a try if you have the experience? Ill attach the zip of the source..

Hope everyone is well



Dave Yeo:
Hi Rick,
Quickly tried to compile with a recent OpenWatcom, no joy as it seems to be missing some source or libraries.

--- Code: ---Error! E059: unable to open 'pp386d.pch'
Error(E42): Last command making (H:\tmp\lora\os2\npipe.obj) returned a bad status
Error(E02): Make execution terminated

--- End code ---
A pch file is a precompiled header for Watcom.
This, http://www.bbsdocumentary.com/software/IBM/WINDOWS/LORABBS/

--- Quote ---: the only compiler that will actually build the DOS, Win32, and OS/2 versions is the Watcom 10.6 compiler because of a dependency on the pre-compiled CXL libraries. Newer versions will not build them because of a change in the way the compiler produced object code and the CXL libraries have been out of production for years.
--- End quote ---
Watcom 10.6 is at https://winworldpc.com/product/watcom-c-c/106 but the only CXL libraries I found were for Windows at http://www.lanet.lv/simtel.net/msdos/c-pre.html

Rick Smith:
So do you think its a no-go?  Ah well it would have been nice to use lora again on os/2 as that was my original setup on my BBS back in the early 90's..

Thanks for your efforts I surely do appreciate it


Dave Yeo:
Well, if you can find the old CXL libraries, it should be buildable. Perhaps an old Walnut Grove CD or old Hobbes CD might have it. I've just been looking at the Hobbes CD from March 1995, interesting but no CXL. https://archive.org/details/Hobbes_OS2_Archived_CD-ROM_Walnut_Creek_March_1995 Lots of other interesting CD's there including a bunch of Simtel. Links I found were to cdrom.com, those CD's should be somewhere.
Didn't the binary included with the source work? Looks like it came from https://hobbes.nmsu.edu/download/pub/os2/server/bbs/LoraBBS_2-99-12.zip

Rick Smith:

I wonder if this one is any different, I will look around for the libraries... I found some called TCXL, and these https://github.com/steeve/ToneLocs, the ZIP attached includes a CXL folder might be the ones



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