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Utilities / PMVNC & Linux?
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:17:31 am »
Is there a version, (or an equivalent), of/to PMVNC for OS/2 that works with OS/2 and Linux... with Linux acting as the host?

I know that the version for OS/2 is ancient and it is highly unlikely to be compatible with modern versions, but there must be someone out there that has a solution and can save me some time duplicating their research.

HobLink/2 no longer works, (even though I have added the eCSreg*.ini files), so that is not an option.

Any help would be appreciated...

Utilities / Re: SyncBackup & ssh-askpass
« on: September 30, 2013, 10:48:19 am »

I have modified my last message to add the missing elements, (as previously stated I would), and I have removed the useless "gid" references.

Utilities / Re: SyncBackup & ssh-askpass
« on: September 29, 2013, 09:23:42 pm »

I finally got the time to get back to this and all is well.

I'll make this post in some detail to help others who might be trying something similar.


I have two machines:

    a) eCS      - my main machine.
    b) Ubuntu - a file server.

Simply put, I was trying to transfer a HUGE number of small files to the file server. FTP while great at large files, looses too much in the overhead to be practical for my present purpose.

I am testing to see if rSync is superior; so far the results are encouraging.

To obtain this on the Ubuntu side I installed rSync:

   "sudo apt-get rsync install"

Once installed I created a file name rsyncd.conf, (note the "d"), and gave it basic settings. Here it is;

      log file       = /var/log/rsyncd.log
      timeout     = 1200

      path           = media/
      comment    = root path for this connection
      uid             = ben
      read only    = false
      list             = true
      hosts allow =

That is all that I used though there are many more things that can go in there and that was all that I needed.

"[documents]" is the module name that you must include after the "::" in the parameters when using the client.
"path" is obvious; the base directory where you want the remote user to start.
"comment" This is a comment that you would wish to user see when connecting.

This too is a comment that I would like the user to see: *nix is too arcane for even Aliester Crowley to use. (Hands up those who understand that comment?) 8) In simple terms, too much time is wasted doing something simple and mundane. OS/2 does not suffer from this affliction. It has both the power of *nix and the power of the WPS. There is nothing out there even now, that is close to it... just different.

To continue...

"uid" is also obvious, it is the name of the user who wished to connect.
"read only = false" allows the remote user to write as well as read into and from the directory in the "path".
"list" allows the user to list the contents.
"hosts allow" determines what machines have permission to connect.

"Modules" refer to the rsyncd.conf file which has two classifications of sections within; "general parameters" and other sections which are called "modules". These modules define certain settings and are grouped as the user sees fit as in keeping alignment with the manpages on the subject; you can have more than one "module" per rsyncd.conf

Now, I'm not going to go too deeply into this but, here is the commandline parameters that I used on the eCS machine to connect to my Ubuntu File Server and to enable me to transfer the files.

After opening a cmd in my rSync/bin directory, I first used the "set" command;

SET RSYNC_PASSWORD=*place your password here*

Then I issued the following command;

rsync --progress --log-file=logs/RsyncTest.log  -avvz h:/*source directory*/ ben@*destination directory*

Obviously, I will refine the whole process and I will [encapsulate] it all within a *.cmd file(s) of my own making, thus easing the process and allowing me to gracefully forget the whole thing, so that next time I can enjoy doing it all again! ;) Define the word "masochist".

I hope that helps someone.

P.S. A "thank-you" to Doug for his contribution, some of which I included.

P.P.S. Pardon me if some of that wasn't clear; all mistakes within are my own.

Utilities / Re: SyncBackup & ssh-askpass
« on: September 19, 2013, 01:03:08 pm »
The module is "backups". The directory to use, in that module, is "/", or the root of the module (/home/dougb/RSyncData).

I went ahead on that assumption, but rSyncd on the other end, continues to report "@ERROR: Unknown module" leading one to believe that there is something wrong with the directory configuration... but there isn't; both sides are in sync and the directories exist.

It is peculiar though, that it is called a "module" and not as a "directory"... which would be typical and expected.

It also reports "rsync error: error starting client-server protocol (code 5) at main.c(1649) [sender=3.0.9]"

I'm close, but I need to dig deeper...

I'll post my findings.

Utilities / Re: SyncBackup & ssh-askpass
« on: September 18, 2013, 08:54:25 pm »
Thanks for replying, Doug.

Most of that I had done, with some exceptions as relates to getting around the password; that I have now solved by combining your *.conf with mine and by setting the environment variable for the password.

Working with the commandline here, I noticed in your example;
... called "backups/". I first I thought it to be a directory, but the "::" defines it as a module.

How does that apply... or is it not related/necessary?

Utilities / SyncBackup & ssh-askpass
« on: September 15, 2013, 04:04:07 pm »
I have been using SyncBackup with rsync here, with great success, for a while now.

Recently I tried to use it to backup to a Ubuntu machine.

Do anyone here know if there is such a package, (ssh-askpass), for OS/2?

Networking / Re: FTP
« on: August 10, 2013, 09:16:24 pm »
I don't know if there is any point in listing what one would want/need in a quality FTP Client... however.

  • GUI-based, but with
  • Commandline options
  • FTP resume
  • The ability to handle and transfer files of any size that might be expected
  • OS/2 based... but a port would be acceptible.
  • Basic configurability with respect to layout, colours, panel shape and column sizing.
  • Basic file and directory handling, creation, deletion and manipulation.
  • Port selectability.
  • Passive and Active selection.
  • ANSI and Binary transfers.
  • Bookmarks with local and remote directory settings.
  • The ability to view "readme"s... and since this is a "Wish List",
  • Light weight, extraordinarily fast, bullet-proof and intuitive! 8)

Of course, this list is incomplete.

FTPBrowser had most of these features and has the most potential, but if memory serves me correctly, the programmer felt burnt by the lack of OS/2 support and the registration cracks that were easily available, and thus, is embittered and unresponsive; any attempts to contact him on the matter has failed... that I am aware of.

I believe there was an interview with him here on OS/2 World in a previous in incarnation.

Maybe a collection or "bounty" might be able to loosen things up a bit... I cannot say... I am merely brain-storming.

If I am not mistaken, Steven Levine, (and I do not speak for him, but would welcome his input), once wrote that he would be willing to look at the source code... if it became available... of course, he might not want to now and... the source is unavailable.

There are other options, but they would require more work; NFTPPM is but one example, (it is not GUI though has an ANSI interface), and the sources are available.

I am sure that there are many others here that can add to this starter post...

Networking / Re: FTP
« on: August 02, 2013, 01:11:05 am »
There is no question regarding OS/2 and the need for a good FTP client; it simply does not exist.

Strange, really.

Filezilla used to work with ODIN, but has not done so in years, (though I have not tried it with the latest ODIN updates).

Also, the need for FTP has diminished since Webrowsers integrated FTP into themselves.

There is still a need, just a diminished one, hence fewer clients.

That's too damn bad! in my opinion for I use FTP everyday and would welcome a proper client.

Off Topic discussions / Re: Skoda makes the baby stroller more manly
« on: August 01, 2013, 10:22:07 pm »
A manly baby stroller?  :o

The term, "A manly baby stroller", is an oxymoron.

And while the picture is somewhat interesting from a mechanical viewpoint, it is more an effeminate parody of a manly stroller... since a stroller was designed to help a mother transport her child.

A man would simply carry his son and take pleasure in it... he would not require an aid... such a thing would simply be in his way.

Something for the so-called "men" out there, (who show more affinity with the androgyne than with the masculine), to think about.

Understand that gender modification can only be an unnatural occurrence. What was masculine yesterday, must also be masculine, (manly), today. It can be no other way...however, testicles can be "cut-off" by many means.

The problem is, today's "man" would not notice if he had lost them... and neither would he care.

I still have mine.

Networking / Re: FTP
« on: August 01, 2013, 10:06:49 pm »
Hello, Ivan...

Allow me to make it easy for you:

OS/2 FTP Update with large file support.

Applications / Re: Whatever happened to...
« on: February 21, 2013, 04:40:24 pm »
Greetings, Pete.

I do agree that Wordpro was a good package and have no doubt that it can still work well - Ben seems to have the answer to making current format docs available for use in Wordpro. It would certainly be a lot more convenient if Wordpro had the necessary filters though.
Melf has a problem with the filters... though I found by trial and error, that I could eliminate those problems simply by trying different filters... of course, there is nothing to say that it will work for every format, but I have always found a solution... by using an intermediary filter, that, (in most cases), has nothing to do with the final format required... simply have OO do that when all else is done. Of course if the OO filters are lame in the final stage, then...  :(

As regards font antialias: I suspect the Innotek Font Engine may have a use there. You would need to add Wordpro to the applications supported by the Font Engine in the Registry - see the Font Engine readme file for details.
I did that a long time ago, Pete. It was interesting, but caused so many new problems that I had to abandon the whole thing. However, things have changed now with respect to OS/2 and fonts. Maybe it is time for me to give it another go...

Applications / Re: Whatever happened to...
« on: February 20, 2013, 07:47:12 pm »
Too bad to hear Pete. I have followed your long term problems with OO on, but have never experienced them myself. On the contrary OO has proven to be quite reliable here at my end. However, one of the bad things with OO is that i sometimes feels a lilttle clumsy and slow and I wish it could be as light and fast as Lotus Smart Suite.

Well stated, Melf, for that has been my experience as well. However, unlike you I continue to use Lotus Smartsuite, (Word Pro), the speed and lightness of it working well with 600+ page projects... and I have a means to get around the export/import filters that LSS lacks... read on!

If Smartsuite had updated import/export modules for the current document formats I would doubtless use it, in spite of the absent antialias.

I simply export my Word Pro document into the last form of MS Word that Word Pro supports. Then I import it into Open Office 3.* and presto! Magicko! I can then use whatever filters that OO has... of course to import into Word Pro... just reverse the procedure. :o

I hope that helps you.

General Discussion / Re: Is Hobbes down for you?
« on: February 05, 2013, 10:35:07 pm »
Hey, Pete. *waves*

There is no problem in finding the Hobbes administrator's E-mail address...

... when the site is up... hehehehe  8) (and there is no need for it)...

...but... cannot access the Hobbes "front page" when the site is down, (and when the need is there).

But thanks anyway. 

I'll file it away in case there is a future need.

General Discussion / Re: Is Hobbes down for you?
« on: February 05, 2013, 02:24:06 pm »
Thanks for the info, Ian.

Hobbes is fine for me once again.

General Discussion / Re: Is Hobbes down for you?
« on: February 05, 2013, 03:38:57 am »
There is no way of finding out their E-mail address at this point...

... a person would have to have had it before it went down.

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