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Applications / Re: P7zip syntax for archiving an entire volume
« on: December 21, 2018, 01:18:11 am »

I need a solution that runs from the command line (well, from inside a Rexx script.) P7zip seems to fit the bill, even if I have to use an old version to get it to work.

If Zipboot is a front end to Info-zip, then doesn't it have the issue described in,1941.msg19570.html#msg19570?

Try - BackEmUp - I use my "BackEmUp" (command line version) and/or "BackEmUI" (PM gui version of same functionality...) to keep my systems backed up. Eugene Gorbunoff is adding his own interface (Vareyne another alternative gui..) on top of my command line program to add in automatic scheduling, etc. (I use the "AT" command for my scheduling...)

And read what Alex Taylor wrote on your other post about 7z, also as many others have stated there is no issue with zip v3.

Applications / Re: P7zip syntax for archiving an entire volume
« on: December 20, 2018, 02:27:21 pm »
I'd like to create a 7z archive of an entire volume, using p7zip on ArcaOS. My first attempt was
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Tue 11-27-18 22:47:32{1}[h:\vendors\7-zip\p7zip-16.02-os2-1\bin] 7za a w:\temp\m.7z m:\

7-Zip (a) [32] 16.02 : Copyright (c) 1999-2016 Igor Pavlov : 2016-05-21
p7zip Version 16.02 (locale=en_US.IBM-850,Utf16=on,HugeFiles=on,32 bits,2 CPUs x

Open archive: w:/temp/m.7z
Path = w:/temp/m.7z
Type = 7z
Physical Size = 32
Headers Size = 0
Solid = -
Blocks = 0

Scanning the drive:

WARNING: No more files

0 files, 0 bytes

Updating archive: w:/temp/m.7z

Items to compress: 0

Files read from disk: 0
Archive size: 32 bytes (1 KiB)

Scan WARNINGS for files and folders:

m: : No more files

I then tried m:\* and the -r option; neither helped. What is the correct syntax? Thanks.


Here are some backup options, try PM Backup Suite.  Also, if you know some REXX you can modify Zipboot too.


Events / Re: Thinkpads - OS/2 Anniversary
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:09:05 am »
Finally - it is uploaded!

Hope you enjoy 45 Minutes about OS/2!

Great job Sigurd and thank you !


As an example:
I have a folder that contains over 50 java programs.  A new install of ArcaOS creates a new desktop but I want that folder with all the java programs restored to the desktop - the java programs are in the java-programs directory that is in a non bootable partition and is thus untouched be the new install....

Object Desktop 2.0 will back & restore individual folders to a different desktop ! The option to backup and restore the entire desktop no longer works though on eCS.

Alex Taylor posted a program that does what you are looking for I believe (search on here).


Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS 5.0.1 on Dual Boot.
« on: October 18, 2017, 08:36:47 am »

This weekend I was trying to install ArcaOS on a non UEFI, non GPT machine with Windows 10 preinstalled.

I think I'm getting the usual limitations of ArcaOS installation tools.
- "Disk 1 reports a corrupt partition table".
- "LVM Error ( 8 ) - Operation is not allowed" when I try to create the partition.

I read other forum post about it.  This is a non-destructive dual boot installation try to install ArcaOS, so I don't want to go forward with all the partition wiping.

I had tried the included tools like "Disk Utility" and "Resize Partition". "Disk Utility" does not report any issue and "Resize Partition" tell me "No Resizable Partitions Found"



Hi Martin,

- The easiest way is to add another disk in first position for ArcaOS, Win 10 boots fine in second position /w Airboot.

-  Or image (backup) your Win 10 partition, wipe the disk with DFsee, create all partitions with ArcaOS, restore Win 10.

- Or try resizing Easus partionmanager (did it with a Win7 box), fix with DFsee as Rene statement (backup for sure).


Internet / Re: FF45.5 - choppy response/window scrolling anyone???
« on: June 16, 2017, 05:19:21 am »
JFYI, the problem was nailed down and worked around, see the last comments in the respective issue ( Please also consider reporting such things directly into the Mozilla issue system at as this way 1) it's guaranteed that it's noticed by the developers and 2) you get much faster feedback.

So everyone, please test ESR 45 with layout.frame_rate set to 0. Here it behaves just like ESR 38 did. I will make this value a default on OS/2 for the time being.

Thx, Dmitriy and your hard  work and to everyone else that makes FF possible !!!

Works  here, I'll post the fix here and it work with SM 2.42 !

In Firefox 45  type:

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Search for:

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Change value from -1 to zero

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Applications / Re: Recommendations: File Managers?
« on: June 15, 2017, 04:03:15 am »
I use Filestar -

And FM/2 is actively being developed still -

Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS keeps rebooting
« on: June 13, 2017, 04:10:16 am »

My other priority is to get access to the internet. I need to spend some time trying to understand DHCP - it's the required IP addresses that confuse me.

Thanks also to Lars. I am not sufficiently confident in my own technical ability to replace AN's drivers with his.


That should have been your number one priority from the beginning ???  Now you installed all your programs again on a broken system.

Since you used the easy option, DHCP should just work. Or the router isn't setup up for it (should be default) or the wrong nic driver was installed.  Now you probably need to identify your card and see if it is supported.  Then, uninstall the current setup if it's incorrect and install the right driver.

You should probably post the specs of your system first before anything.

It would be alot easier to just zip your boot partition.  Wipe it again and install using the advance option.  Take 45-60 minutes to do instead of 6 days.  If not just unzip your backup, you tried it twice and got the same results, you should have been working on the Internet from the start ???

Better yet add a maintenance partition (M:) (use adv option) you should have one anyways. For example installing Lars drivers just unzip them to the maintenance/test partition and test the drivers out before installing on your main system, simple - You could use it to as practice too (just create a backup image first).

Setup & Installation / Re: OS/2 Warp 4.52 LVM problems
« on: June 12, 2017, 10:27:58 pm »

 and size is 19592 MB, and then it says "The requested action was not successful: The selected partition can not be made bootable" and it goes back to the disk selection screen to create the volume.
I never used OS/2 before but I really want to try it on real HW.
Can someone help me?

I believe Warp 4.52 (or is that v4 anyone ?) needs to be updated for large HDs, try making the boot partition less than 8 GB that may work.

If not you need to update the install disks, there should be instructions somewhere in the forum or ask Martin (webmaster here).

Since you have a copy already, you may try this one (it maybe updated, now sure).

Or the disk may just first need to be prepared using -


Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS keeps rebooting
« on: June 11, 2017, 06:04:57 am »

The reinstallation seems to very stable so far, so I'm feeling reasonably confident.


No internet, sound or USB isn't really stable.

You better get internet figured out before anything ??? using the adv install option would have given better control over the nic driver probably.  DHCP should just work, unless the wrong driver was installed. Also, why did you re-install it using the same option and expect different results ?

I wasn't talking about your programs, backup the boot partition too. And your first order of business should be on a working Internet connection.

For years I have attempted to connect to Windows 7 and 10 using the SMB/CIFS client in eCS with no luck. COTS Linux based network drives have worked.


For those that don't have Blue Lion yet, here's a guide for OS/2 and eCS users !

Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS keeps rebooting
« on: June 11, 2017, 03:12:28 am »

I didn't use Advanced Install - I didn't know there was such an option or I didn't notice it.


Really, I said a quick re-install was the easiest way and use the advanced install option 3 times ;)

I had to install eCS 2.1 four times for the best results !

Also, why re-install all of your programs when you don't even have a stable system yet and did you back it up before you changed things ?  Just unzip your backup if you mess things up (30 seconds).

Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS keeps rebooting
« on: June 10, 2017, 05:38:15 am »

I have decided to reinstall ArcaOS. Apart from the issues around xwps I am finding other things which are not right like programs which do not load when I double-click on their icons or icons on the desktop which don't retain their position between reboots. So I'll see if a completely fresh install helps.

I know I'll lose all my previously installed applications but I'll just have to go through the process of reinstallation with them as well.

I appreciate your efforts on my behalf but maybe a restart might be better.  I'll give ArcaOS one more try - if that doesn't work I'll have to regretfully depart the ArcaOS fraternity.


Use the advanced install option, maybe SNAP this time and zip(backup) the new install as soon as it completes the install.

Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS keeps rebooting
« on: June 06, 2017, 02:49:13 am »
Just re-install it since it's a new install anyways (15 min done) ???

Except it's not - I've loaded a load of OS/2, Win and MS-DOS programs.


Restore from backup !

Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS keeps rebooting
« on: June 06, 2017, 01:48:10 am »

Running CHKDSK C: (both without initially and then with /F) suggests my disk structures are in a mess :-(

Messages include...

Incorrect data detected in disk allocation structures
Incorrect data detected in disk allocation control structures
File system is dirty

As I said, running CHKDSK with /F did not repair the situation.


Just re-install it since it's a new install anyways (15 min done) ???
(backup the boot partition immediately) 

Also, you may want to follow some best practices:

1) Separate volumes for Blue Lion, Yum/RPM,  and your progams/data.

2) Backup your boot partition as soon it is installed (zip is the easiest way #2 on the list below)

3) Backup all volumes:,1119.msg12443.html#msg12443

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