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Martin Iturbide:
Hello

The "The last nail in OS/2's coffin" forum thread and Digi's comment about OSFree, revived my interest on replacing some more old IBM OS/2 binaries for open source ones.

And OSFree produced some binaries that I want to test under ArcaOS. Now with Virtual Machines (VirtualBox) it make it easy to test, break things and recover back the VM if something goes awfully wrong.

I want to start first with the "osfree-snapshot.zip" from 2002. It has some .exe files like attrib.exe, ansi.exe, etc. that I want to test. And later I will move on to the 2019 ISO image they have.

I would like to :
- Test the binaries.
- Confirm that the source code is on the repository
- Confirm it is under a recognized open source license.

Regards

Martin Iturbide:
Hello

Yesterday I tested the "OSFree command line tools" replacing the ones in ArcaOS, without any kinf of impact in the operation of the OS.
This command line tools are open source under the The 3-Clause BSD License according to his webpage.
A light inspection shows that the source code is here: https://github.com/osfree-project/osfree/tree/master/OS2/CMD

I tried the "osFree OS/2 Personality Command Line Tools 0.0.3.1" and  the "osfree-snapshot.zip", later I will use the ones in "osFree 0.0.4.8 ISO image" which are the newer (2019).
I didn't replace cmd.exe yet.

Regards

Remy:

--- Quote from: Martin Iturbide on January 24, 2024, 01:31:08 pm ---Hello

Yesterday I tested the "OSFree command line tools" replacing the ones in ArcaOS, without any kinf of impact in the operation of the OS.
This command line tools are open source under the The 3-Clause BSD License according to his webpage.
A light inspection shows that the source code is here: https://github.com/osfree-project/osfree/tree/master/OS2/CMD

I tried the "osFree OS/2 Personality Command Line Tools 0.0.3.1" and  the "osfree-snapshot.zip", later I will use the ones in "osFree 0.0.4.8 ISO image" which are the newer (2019).
I didn't replace cmd.exe yet.

Regards

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Do not replace, rename or delete original cmd.exe or some programs (rexx pgms) may have problems.
In some case, a call to cmd fom rexxdialog may be needed to get correct results out of OEM tools

Regards

Martin Iturbide:

--- Quote from: Remy on January 24, 2024, 04:46:23 pm ---
--- Quote from: Martin Iturbide on January 24, 2024, 01:31:08 pm ---Hello

Yesterday I tested the "OSFree command line tools" replacing the ones in ArcaOS, without any kinf of impact in the operation of the OS.
This command line tools are open source under the The 3-Clause BSD License according to his webpage.
A light inspection shows that the source code is here: https://github.com/osfree-project/osfree/tree/master/OS2/CMD

I tried the "osFree OS/2 Personality Command Line Tools 0.0.3.1" and  the "osfree-snapshot.zip", later I will use the ones in "osFree 0.0.4.8 ISO image" which are the newer (2019).
I didn't replace cmd.exe yet.

Regards

--- End quote ---

Do not replace, rename or delete original cmd.exe or some programs (rexx pgms) may have problems.
In some case, a call to cmd fom rexxdialog may be needed to get correct results out of OEM tools

Regards

--- End quote ---

Hello Remy

Did you tried it yourself? Which program do you think will fail with OSFree's CMD.exe to give a try here.

Remember this is experimental, I'm not endorsing for everybody to do this. Just for people that want to do some testing (maybe on VMs).

Regards

Remy:
Hi Martin,
There are programs which will not work and return stdout when called from a rexx interface (e.g. created by drdialog) but when started via a cmd.exe, informations are well returned to rexx dialog.
e.g. querycddb.exe

May be you could give a try with the cddbgui ...

I think that the best to do is to left cmd.exe as is and have an other option like ArcaNoae does it or like Windows does it (with its powershell)

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