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Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: November 04, 2023, 01:17:48 pm »
DSPRES.DLL contains the core (always-installed) PM system fonts: System Proportional, System VIO, Helv, and WarpSans.

They are all raster fonts. However, I would classify DSPRES.DLL as a operating system file because it's one of the system DLLs. Also, the one in Hobbes font directory is only suitable as an update for Warp 3 systems, and IMO should be classified as a Warp 3 update/patch file.

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: November 02, 2023, 01:12:20 pm »
Either "Raster" or "Bitmap" makes sense.

FWIW, Type 1 fonts are Postscript fonts -- they are the same thing. I have no idea why Hobbes has two different directories for them.

Setup & Installation / Re: 5.1 and Samba/can't make it work!
« on: October 13, 2023, 02:00:01 pm »
O.k. Now I understand, Thanks Alex, you put a lot of work in this new version thanks for that also.


In the next version I'm hoping to make it pre-select one of the already-logged-on credentials in that dropdown, if there are any.  I still need to work out the logic though.  (You can already do this manually from the command line, using e.g. "connect /user:WORKGROUP\alex".)

Another possibly non-obvious feature is that if you set specific credentials for browsing in the Network Browser (under the Network->Authenticate menu - it offers any credentials which are already logged in), it will pre-select that user by default when you connect to a share from within the Browser. (This doesn't apply if connecting outside the Browser, though.)

By the way, I always welcome suggestions for improving the help (both the individual program help or the ArcaMapper Guide). Some of the concepts are admittedly a bit convoluted.

Setup & Installation / Re: 5.1 and Samba/can't make it work!
« on: October 13, 2023, 12:27:24 am »
You're only prompted for a login if you leave "New logon" selected for authentication on the connection dialog. 

I agree this could be a bit more obvious.

Applications / Re: General Software Testing
« on: October 08, 2023, 03:17:06 pm »
I'm trying to find out if this software runs for you, I get a Japanese error:
- WRUMIN (DBCS-Ruminator) 1.0
- From A.Y.DAYO 
It's Japanese, it translate as:
- DBCS input assistance utility
- Supports DBCS input in overseas-made applications that cannot input DBCS (full-width characters)

Looks like it requires PMNLSSSC.DLL, which is only included in DBCS versions of OS/2.

Programming / Re: shared memory value - Odin win32k or DosQuerySysInfo???
« on: September 30, 2023, 01:38:08 pm »
It may be appropriate to point out my memory-reporting tool:
which also breaks down memory regions when the /v switch is used, although it lacks the ability to identify "unassigned" like Rich's.

One feature it does have, on ArcaOS systems (and possibly also on systems with QSINIT) is the ability to report the full amount of physical RAM, and any PAE-exclusive region available for use as a memory disk, even if OS/2 can't access it as system RAM.

(It's installed by default as mem.exe on all ArcaOS systems.)

Setup & Installation / Re: Adding system components on existing installing
« on: September 25, 2023, 02:21:11 pm »
Everything is greyed out accept of samba server. 'IBM File and Print Client' is greyed out and checked; The Folder IBMLAN has only one File IBMLAM.INI.

Evidently your IBMLVL.INI profile thinks File and Print Client is already installed.

In a command prompt, go to <bootdrive>\sys\install and run
Code: [Select]
netinst /debug
The console window should tell you where it's (allegedly) installed to.

If it's not installed there, you may need to delete the IBM_LS -> PATH key from your <bootdrive>\IBMLVL.INI file (using your preferred INI file editor).

Setup & Installation / Re: Adding system components on existing installing
« on: September 24, 2023, 03:02:35 pm »
Computer -> Install/Remove -> Selective Install for Networking

Applications / Re: [LOOKING] OS/2 1.x, Word/Excel for OS/2 related stuff
« on: September 21, 2023, 02:21:29 am »
If it helps, here's a photo of an old OS/2 Extended Edition v1.1 package and contents...

My library doesn't have good information about this either. Could you take a few more photos?
I'm interested in photos of the following components (with legible text):
–Back side of the box
– Photos of the disk label (P/N information is important to me)

Ideally, I would like to see disk images so that I can make a file-by-file comparison to see if there are any differences with the UK version.
But not all participants have the opportunity/desire to provide disk images, therefore, I will not insist on this request.
However, if you have a copy of the files, I can describe a file-by-file comparison algorithm that does not require effort and painstaking work.

Unfortunately it's no longer in my possession.  I might still have a backup of the files somewhere; let me know about this comparison algorithm of yours and I'll see if I do anything.

General Discussion / Re: arca 5.0.8 can-t bring up internet
« on: September 20, 2023, 01:29:37 pm »
IIRC, that error frequently indicates a routing misconfiguration. I think it can also occur if inadvertently trying to configure the same interface with both static and DHCP settings.

Are you using DHCP or static addressing?

Applications / Re: ArcaOS 5.1.0 and cups
« on: September 16, 2023, 03:12:56 pm »
If I recall, you did an upgrade install?

FWIW, the CUPS RPM doesn't install cupslpr.exe, but the ArcaOS installer does that if CUPS is selected during installation.

However, the philosophy of the upgrade install is not to make any non-essential changes to your system configuration -- that includes optional installed components. So if you didn't have CUPS installed before the upgrade, the upgrade won't install it for you.

Applications / Re: [LOOKING] OS/2 1.x, Word/Excel for OS/2 related stuff
« on: September 15, 2023, 02:13:59 pm »
If it helps, here's a photo of an old OS/2 Extended Edition v1.1 package and contents...

Applications / Re: Installing VisualAge C++ 3.0 on ArcaOS 5.1.0
« on: September 07, 2023, 12:45:20 am »
As a compiler, 3.65 is generally to be preferred over 3.0. Not only is it a newer iteration of ICC (and has more recent fixes), it supports more recent language features like (like 64-bit integers, as noted).

I suppose you might prefer to use VAC3.0 would be if you need some component that 3.65 lacks or does poorly (ISTR hearing that SOM/WPS programming is better supported in 3.0).  Also, 3.65 doesn't include the IDE from 3.0.

That said, one big point in 3.0's favour is its INF formatted compiler documentation.  3.65 uses the NetQuestion HTML documentation system, which is bloated, intrusive, and in general a pain to use.

FTR, I have both installed but I generally use 3.65 unless a project specifically requires 3.0.

Applications / Re: Sharing drives
« on: September 02, 2023, 07:39:20 pm »
FWIW, there are two separate components in question.

  • ArcaMapper is a client tool that uses components of both Samba and Netdrive to allow ArcaOS to access shares on another computer. It does not allow sharing ArcaOS resources out to other computers. ArcaMapper is not the same thing as Samba, although it makes use of a specialized subset of Samba.
  • Samba (generally referred to in ArcaOS as Samba Server) is an actual port of Samba which does allow sharing of local resources out to other computers. This seems to be the functionality you are asking about.

Both are included with ArcaOS, although Samba Server may not be installed by default depending on the installation personality you chose. (It can be installed after the fact.)

Applications / Re: Arca Mapper
« on: September 01, 2023, 01:54:27 pm »
You should have a folder called "ArcaMapper Network Connections" somewhere, probably in your Network folder.

ArcaMapper consist of a whole set of programs and drivers, it isn't a single program and doesn't have a single location on drive. In ArcaOS 5.1, the GUI component of ArcaMapper was replaced with a modular system that is more reminiscent of the old File and Print Client.

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