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Applications / Re: XFree86-OS/2
« on: March 21, 2019, 08:53:19 pm »
Very nice.  Getting this installed will be my weekend project.   

When I attempted an install of the OpenSSH client on my ArcaOS via YUM in Nov. I received an error that the rpm package was corrupt.  I understand this has now be corrected.

I see you are also using UDB, which I also plan to install on my Warp Server in the near future.

Thank you!

Applications / Re: XFree86-OS/2
« on: March 15, 2019, 04:04:15 am »
Xfree/2 uses its own video driver infrastructure, giving you another desktop independent of usual OS/2 desktop.

Thanks for the education as I was dreaming about keeping the PM windows manager and running X windows applications either in a multi-window or seamless mode on the PM desktop.  I'll just stick to Linux when I need to work with GIMP or XSane.  There's nothing better than PM and its native applications - the reason I decided to move back to OS/2 after taking a 25 year hiatus.

Applications / Re: XFree86-OS/2
« on: March 14, 2019, 06:08:36 pm »
Latest is at The vesa driver is called just that.

I'm not familiar with a "vesa" specific driver.  Does Panorama work w. XFree as it is based on the GRADD driver which I believe is also VESA compliant.  I found I was limited to 1280x1024 using the GRADD driver, but I have been very happy using the Panorama driver which supports 1900x. 

Applications / Re: XFree86-OS/2
« on: March 14, 2019, 04:29:03 pm »
Hey Martin,

Please post your experience getting X installed as I am interested in using XSane and GIMP on OS/2.

Applications / Re: BackAgain/2000 Unreliable
« on: February 26, 2019, 09:39:42 pm »
Hi Doug C.

You could say I’m neurotic when it comes to backups and I also like to maintain a history of backups that don’t rely on a single device/technology.   

I implemented Doug Bissett’s suggested solution using the ZIP archive with support for EAs.   I backed up my Warp Server’s boot partition, and on a mirrored system, formatted the partition (leaving AirBoot intact) and restored from the ZIP file.   This worked beautifully as I was able to boot Warp Server with no issues.   I now have ZIP backups kicking off at 1 A.M. on two systems via OS/2 cron jobs, with the ZIP files getting pushed to a Linux Samba share where they move onto LTO tape in a daily differential backup.  I can now rest easy knowing I have a viable recovery solution in place.

I would still like to utilize the tape drives I have dedicated to my OS/2 machines as a redundancy, and will keep hunting (now without urgency) for a reliable OS/2 tape software solution that supports generic SCSI. Unfortunately, OS/2 is a hobby with limitations and few options.

Applications / Re: BackAgain/2000 Unreliable
« on: February 15, 2019, 09:34:29 pm »
Hi Doug,

A zip container sounds like a great solution for me, especially since it can break the 2GB barrier.   This will provide me access to files while still allowing me to easily push the backups to another machine for offline archive.

It’s fantastic Arca Noae is providing their package management system to non-ArcaOS systems.  This will save me the pain of having to perform a couple package installations using Alien. 

Thank you for your response,


Applications / BackAgain/2000 Unreliable
« on: February 15, 2019, 06:20:50 pm »
I recently returned to using OS/2 after moving to Linux 25-years ago.  I had been searching for a file-level backup solution and had purchased Sytos Plus 1.3, Sytos Premium 2.1, and Backmaster 2 from eBay to evaluate.  None of these provided a generic SCSI driver and none would backup to a JFS disk partition or SMB share without aborting.  I also evaluated NovaDisk+ 6.01, but this couldn’t restore HPFS extended attributes.  NovaBack+ 6.01 appeared to work on my Warp Server 4.52 installation, but the software would not recognize any SCSI tape devices on my ArcaOS systems.  I thought I had found a viable solution using BackAgain/2000.

Wanting to expand the size of the boot partition on my Warp Server 4.52, I stood up a second OS/2 boot partition with some free space between the partitions.  I booted to this second partition and made both a BA/2K tape backup and disk backup of my original boot partition.  Both backups were verified and only a few inconsequential files were excluded from the backups due to file locks.   I deleted and recreated an expanded boot partition, and restored the BA/2K backup from tape.  When rebooting Warp Server, I was presented with missing config.sys device driver errors and also observed missing files preventing Lan Manager from starting once booted.  I again attempted the restoration from the BA/2K disk backup with similar results.

There’s nothing worse than an unreliable backup solution.  I will be removing BA/2K from all of my systems this weekend and will continue looking for a viable tape backup solution.

Internet / Re: HOSTS file and spam-ad-fish avoidance
« on: January 23, 2019, 05:06:55 pm »
I have been missing out on this little gem.  Will install this evening.  Thank you!

Utilities / Re: best process killer application
« on: January 18, 2019, 04:09:18 am »
PKill.exe is included with ArcaOS. It is a command line tool, that seems to do the job well.

Thank you, I have also been looking for something to kill processes.  For fun, I just tried a "ps -ax" at an OS/2 command prompt, but no surprise, unknown command.  I see ArcaOS provides top, so I can find PIDs there.

Utilities / Re: best process killer application
« on: January 17, 2019, 07:15:23 pm »

Applications / Re: 3d launch pad
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:20:33 am »
It's a very useful application for me and very nice of Andrey to release this for all to use.  I'm used to dual monitors, but limited to a single monitor running OS/2 via a VM.   3d launch pad reduces the effort/clicks to launch frequently used applications which I love.

I reduced the icon size to 45x45 and the popup delay to 250.  Have had one abend, but quickly restarted without a problem.   I don't like to clutter my system with unnecessary/infrequently used  software, but 3d Launch Pad gets to stay.

Marketplace / Relish v.2.2 (Closed)
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:41:58 pm »
Update:  I was able to obtain a copy of v.2.2

<<I would like to purchase a copy of Sundial's Relish v.2.2 ($300) if anyone has a license they are no longer using.  I am looking for a valid licensed copy, but I don't need the original media or documentation.>>

Thank you!

- Sean

From what you describe, CPU temp isn't the problem.  As a note, the BIOS often times uses a sensor that has nothing to do with the on-die sensors.  I have had stability issues due to a single core overheating on a large multi core chip.  Using something like lm-sensors while loading all cores with mprime is good way to read the temps across each core to detect how evenly each is getting cooled.  A large difference in temps would have me reapplying compound.

Booting from a Linux live CD will give you access to a variety of utilities for testing.

I can be pretty lazy and would wait for the problem to happen again before spending the time to diagnose the problem.  It's good there was no file corruption.

DaveI am sure though, the machine is, hardware-wise, fine.

I took too long to post and didn't see your updated post.  If a software issue, hopefully it was a fluke and the last time you see it. 

If you're not using JFS, you might consider changing over to it.  JFS is extremely robust having been used on midrange AIX systems for many years and is great at recovering from unclean reboots/remounts.

All the posts provide good information.  A hardware fault would be my first guess.

I suspect many are running OS/2 on older machines.  It could be something as simple as needing to reapply thermal compound on the CPU, which has a limited life of about 4 years (or less).  I proactively change my power supplies at about 5 years.  You might consider reading the SMART data from your storage device to identify any errors, run memtest overnight to test your RAM, and run MPrime's torture test (Option #15) to see if you can generate any errors.  Turn off all unused mobo features in your BIOS. I normally would recommend to make sure you're current on available device drivers, but this is OS/2 :-) 

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