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Applications / Re: XWP v1.0.16
« on: June 14, 2024, 02:03:30 pm »
I'm just writing down which other software does not respect the default font size that can now be controlled with the XWP "Font Size" feature.
- ArcaOS Package Manager
- NewView

A distinction needs to be made here between "respect" and "adhere to".  These programs have their own user-customizable font size setting which they use in preference to any others. This is as it should be. 

In fact, NewView does use the system font setting as its default if (and only if) a user font is not specified. Again, this is as it should be.  Of course, this normally happens only when you first run it after a fresh install. Try deleting newview.ini and then see what happens.  :D

Hardware / Re: Getting a new printer
« on: June 09, 2024, 01:31:20 pm »
For importing into OS/2 (pscript or psprint) then it's generally better to use the Windows PPD instead of the Linux one.  You should be able to find it somewhere on the driver disk or from the  manufacturer's website.

As noted earlier, you shouldn't really need CUPS just to print from traditional OS/2 applications. However, you would need CUPS to print from applications that don't support the native OS/2 print system (like most of those written in Qt).

To get the printer supported in CUPS it's normally a matter of finding out which CUPS driver package supports it (there are several), and installing that.  (Or you could just select a generic Postscript printer as the CUPS model, if you don't need model-specific features.)

Hardware / Re: Getting a new printer
« on: June 06, 2024, 01:22:25 pm »
Does it import more than one ppd files too? I've tried to import at least 4 ppds for different printers in the lasts 20 years. Most of them with the IBM cli tools before your versions come up. I'm thinking about if it's worth starting from scratch again.
Sure, you can import more than one PPD. Every PPD you import is saved in \sys\install\prndrv\ppd_xx and kept whenever a new import is done.

Btw. I've sometimes still the problem with your psndrv (?) that it takes very long until the page came out. Sometimes pages are printed only after a reboot. Also I can't still print with small margins (less than 12,xmm). Although one of my printers allow 4-5mm the other can print without any margin on the other system. Maybe my setup is mess up hence the question to the expert on this topic :-).

Margin capabilities are defined by the PPD. Laser printers as a rule have a minimum margin size. Only certain inkjets can do margin-less printing TTBOMK.

Performance could be caused by any number of things. The first thing I'd check is whether the IBM PSCRIPT driver behaves the same.

One thing to try is reducing the print job size by tweaking the font download settings (this is highly dependent on what type of job you are printing so there's no set rule for it; try printing to file and comparing the file sizes with different settings).

If the printer's Postscript emulation is simply slow, you could also try printing as image (some apps like Lucide have a setting for this).

Hardware / Re: Getting a new printer
« on: June 06, 2024, 04:32:49 am »
If you use the Manage Printers GUI then there's no need to clean the PPD manually - just select Import PPD from the menu and it will handle all of that automatically.

Applications / Re: Lost / Missing Software for OS/2
« on: April 01, 2024, 01:58:56 pm »
I'm trying to find ATOK8 for OS/2.
I guess it is a Japanese input method editor

ATOK is commercial software; TTBOMK the Windows version is still sold but the OS/2 version was discontinued years ago. I'm pretty certain you won't find a legitimate copy anywhere except possibly the secondhand market (ebay or whatever), and even then I'd call it a long shot.

Programming / Re: ArcaOS - Recreate a complete build environment?
« on: April 01, 2024, 01:52:56 pm »
Need at least some of this in your environment too,
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SET SHELL=sh.exe

Be very careful with SET EMXSHELL -- in my experience, having this defined will cause many programs built with the old EMX+GCC to break horribly. I never set this (and make sure to remove it if any RPM adds it), and I've never needed it to build modern gcc stuff.

Programming / Re: Start program from VX-Rexx
« on: March 23, 2024, 10:38:15 pm »
ADDRESS CMD "P:\test\pdftotext.exe source.PDF input.txt"
Results in "private_alloc failed, error code = 0x00000137

Actually, I think this is probably an error from pdftotext.exe itself (or rather, its C runtime).

Does it depend on DLLs or other support files in its current directory? If so, you might need to change the current working directory (or possibly even manipulate the path/libpath/dpath etc).

Programming / Re: Start program from VX-Rexx
« on: March 22, 2024, 11:20:30 pm »
1. Don't put .exe after cmd, I'm pretty sure it's a keyword command, not a reference to cmd.exe
2. Don't use 'start', running a program with address cmd (at least from VXREXX) will already start a separate session (and minimize it, IIRC).

The following should suffice for running a program from VX-REXX:
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ADDRESS CMD "P:\test\pdftotext.exe source.PDF input.txt"
Plus any output redirection you need, of course.

Setup & Installation / Re: DB2 v. 6.1 / Java
« on: February 23, 2024, 03:03:38 pm »
You may have the Java 1.1.8 runtime already installed in \OS2\JRE\Java11. If so, you can call it using a wrapper script that sets
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where x: is your system drive.

(Not tested so make whatever tweaks are needed.)

Applications / Re: Themes
« on: February 18, 2024, 02:34:00 pm »
If you want all the icons in the DLL, easiest way is to use RDC which is included with the RESMGR package.
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rdc <dllname>But copy the DLL to a temporary directory first, because depending on the DLL this can output a large number of files.

Networking / Re: Updated Samba Client
« on: February 03, 2024, 02:34:06 pm »
  Like Neil, I also don't see shares with the ArcaMapper browser (AN 5.1). Is there something that can be added to smb.conf to allow displaying shares? SMBTREE works fine (once the password is added).

I assume you see the actual servers and just not the shares on them?

This is most likely due to using the wrong user credentials for browsing. The bottom right of the status bar shows the user that's currently being used. If that user doesn't have permission to see shares on each server, you won't see them. 

You can change the browsing credentials from the Network->Authenticate menu item.

Hardware / Re: OpenWatcom Discussion
« on: February 01, 2024, 02:13:37 pm »
FWIW, I understand from Steven that his repository should be considered the "current" one.

Networking / Re: ArcaMapper and Network Protocols
« on: January 23, 2024, 05:06:11 am »
Perhaps you could see if the following combination of options gets you anywhere:

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   client lanman auth = yes
   client min protocol = NT1
   client NTLMv2 auth = no
   client plaintext auth = yes

Btw: is there a way to change the size of the WarpCenter (like xcenter) besides changing small to big icons? I May have asked it years ago, but forgot, sorry.

Sadly, no. The WarpCenter only supports those two sizes, the tallest of which is 26 pixels high. It's an unfortunate limitation.

Now, it is implemented as a WPS class (SmartCenter), so in theory, someone who was knowledgeable in WPS programming (a very short list which does not include me) might be able to enhance it by subclassing it, but that's another story.

To undo the resource replacement on the WarpCenter:
  • copy \os2\dll\SCENTER.DLL \os2\dll\SCENTER.BAK
  • unzip \sys\install\dialog\ORG_EN.ZIP SCENTER_DLL_ORG.RES -d \os2\dll
  • unlock \os2\dll\SCENTER.DLL
  • resmgr -a \os2\dll\SCENTER.DLL \os2\dll\SCENTER_DLL_ORG.RES
  • Reboot

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