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Games / Re: BrogueCE
« on: September 28, 2022, 07:45:26 pm »
BTW: This seems to work: The "Downloads" link in points to tmewett/BrogueCE. The GitHub site is horrible.

Applications / Re: VisualAge for C Modern Installer
« on: September 27, 2022, 12:45:51 am »
Lars, your original Hobbes upload was renamed:

(I've found it by searching for "vac".)

Applications / Re: VisualAge for C Modern Installer
« on: September 23, 2022, 09:47:22 pm »
BTW: Both VAC and C Set/2 can be installed by unpacking an archive and by adding paths to an environment. There's really no need in using FI for that.

Storage / Re: JFS - cache MIN and MAX buffer parameters
« on: September 23, 2022, 05:46:18 pm »
Hi Dariusz,

I've once experienced with several cache values. The first try led to an unbootable system. The next tries looked promising, but the lower shared memory consumption was too high for the rest to work flawlessly. (I doubt that the file system drivers can be patched to use the higher shared memory arena.)

From then on I only use default values, but for a server extending the cache might be possible. Due to OS/2's ancient memory management with separating the four arenas, I guess that a significant performance (cache) improvement is not possible. The change to SSD or better NVMe should give far the best improvement.

Sooner or later 32 Bit systems will only run virtualized. (I myself am mostly on bare metal.)

Multimedia / Re: XHCI and USB Audio perspectives
« on: September 20, 2022, 04:48:01 pm »
That bug seems to be non-public.

Applications / Re: HOBLink and ArcaOS
« on: September 18, 2022, 08:32:36 pm »
That was for the first eCS version only and is not safe, because the file is copied on booting the eCS CD. It can be be used for versions before syslevel.ecs existed.

Applications / Re: HOBLink and ArcaOS
« on: September 18, 2022, 06:48:41 pm »
There are several options to detect an eCS installation:
  • \os2\install\syslevel.ecs
  • \ecs\ecs_inst.flg
  • \ecs\dll\securit2.dll
  • \os2\ecsreg.ini
  • \os2\ecsreg11.ini

(I don't want to use the old X-Window desktop anymore.)

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: September 03, 2022, 06:57:27 pm »
Freetype/2 is a driver based on freetype which is a library
Yes, I would put it in /pub/os2/system/drivers/freetype or let it in misc if you want to keep that or in /pub/os2/system/drivers/fonts if that makes sense.

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: September 03, 2022, 12:12:21 pm »
There are several packages that contain both installable files and source files. Sometimes source files are made available in a different package, sometimes not and sometimes they contain only runtimes. It's not limited to FreeType.

It depends how you want to handle this. Every option has its disadvantages:
  • Put source files and runtimes in one dir.
  • Split pure source file packages from runtime and mixed packages.
  • Extract source files from mixed packages to keep them cleanly separated.
Of course, the decision should be consistent. And the last one is probably too much work. The first one makes it easier for developers to find sources for runtimes. It would be the easiest to handle. The second one is that what the Hobbes tree implies, IIRC, but files are often not put into the correct dir (you know that better). Mixed packages are put to the runtime packages. That's better than letting users hunt for runtime files in the source tree. Source packages are often only available for older versions and it's hard for developers to find sources in mixed packages, even when there exist many versions.

Programming / Re: Watcom C
« on: August 28, 2022, 12:23:49 pm »
Seems 10.6 doesn't like the enhanced file picker from eCoSoft, have to remember how to disable it
Code: [Select]
\sys\install\FOC\filedlgtofocdlg.cmd /U

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: August 24, 2022, 09:01:09 pm »
Hi Martin, I'm missing Mark Kimes' mshred on Hobbes:

Harald has it on his site:

mshred WPS object: A "super-shredder" for OS/2 Warp+ from M. Kimes.
Free-for-the-using. It has two modes, trashcan and shredder. The shredder can
delete e.g. WPS objects that the WPS denies.

Applications / Re: Terminal App Recommendation
« on: August 19, 2022, 10:30:31 pm »
Halite - Hyperterminal
Both stem from the same producer, Hilgraeve. Hyper Access existed also for W$. Both didn't work for many connections. But is should work well with standard connections and fonts.

Zoc is 'the' ultimate terminal application for OS/2 - ArcaOS
.. and still for Windows, while PuTTY is nowadays the better option, at least it was for Telnet. I don't have experience with it over serial connections. BTW: I use the same ZOC version on W$ at work that exists as last version for OS/2, just because it has less bugs. I have included key conversion and many REXX macros for automation. But I agree, that should be overkill for a simple connection with a appropriate cable.

With ZOC I can see the serial output from the switch but can't type anything.
So your cable and baud rate is okay. I suggest you deselect all the handshake options in the Zoc dialog to test.
Good point. May be. The standard is: 9600/8/N/1/- (9600 Baud, 8 Bit, no parity, 1 stop bit, no Xon/Xoff hand shake AKA flow control.)

Applications / Re: Terminal App Recommendation
« on: August 18, 2022, 07:15:20 pm »
Console cables are rollover or crossover cables. These typically come with the switches to provide an initial setup.
OK, I understand. Then it might not be a machine-to-machine connection. And if the cable is prepared for a connection to a machine, it should work. I guess that the baud rates doesn't match.

The serial interface is probably not the Kermit protocol. That doesn't mean that a so-called Kermit terminal app can't work with it. But Kermit is one of the protocols for point-to-point connections. BTW: XModem is another one that allows reliable connections with a null modem cable even up to 57600 Baud. But that doesn't apply for your case.

Do you have a description in the switch manual about how to connect to a machine over the supplied cable?

Applications / Re: Terminal App Recommendation
« on: August 18, 2022, 09:53:11 am »
I'm using a serial console cable to my Serial USB.
From one machine to the other? Or from one port to another both on the same machine, which is similar? What do you mean with "serial console cable"? Pins 2 and 3 straightly connected?

Then you need a null modem cable. Sometimes it works to exchange just 2 and 3 on one side, but in most cases you also need the other connections.

Applications / Re: Terminal App Recommendation
« on: August 18, 2022, 12:11:45 am »
With ZOC I can see the serial output from the switch but can't type anything.
ZOC has several protocols and handshakes to try. It's rather unlikely that it doesn't work. Additionally the baud rates etc. must match. Which cable do you try with which application on the other side?

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