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Programming / Re: Alternatives to compiling Rust in Firefox port OS/2
« on: June 06, 2022, 12:30:14 pm »
Hey Gregg,
I use your newer GCC builds also. Thanks for all your efforts.
Thanks for confirming, presumably they are working ok for your needs?



Hi Paul

Yes. I have not encountered any issues. If I do I will let you know. Thanks


Programming / Re: Alternatives to compiling Rust in Firefox port OS/2
« on: June 05, 2022, 10:05:18 pm »
Hi Paul

I use your newer GCC builds also. Thanks for all your efforts.


(2) I thaught that the ArcaOS FAT32 driver is the more stable one, compared to the Netlabs version. But now I tried to copy 500 MB of data to the FAT32 drive (internal SSD) with the original ArcaOS FAT32 driver. Copy runs without problems. But after restarting, both Windows and ArcaOS does not see the new files anymore. chkdsk /D on Windows has no effect. (This had always an effect with Netlabs driver). Any ideas?

Are you running FAT32 without the cache? If so turning it on should fix the problem. This has been fixed and should be available from AN in the near future. If this isn't the problem put in a ticket with AN.

Applications / Re: patched PmMerge
« on: July 01, 2021, 11:57:37 pm »

I tried your patched. It failed the teststart2 test with an out of resources message. The pmerge with the stack overflow patch mention by David ran this test to completion. The pmmerge 6111 also clips the dialogs in eFTEPM (see attached).

Applications / Re: PmMail 3.24 bug
« on: May 27, 2020, 09:03:41 pm »
Thanks Doug B.  I will report it when I get a logon.

Doug C

You need to update the ticket to include the port # and protocol of both the working and nonworking entries. Thanks


Good luck Lewis. Thanks for the update.

Applications / Re: Gotcha
« on: November 27, 2019, 09:04:10 pm »
Since most of the screen grabs I do are selected regions I see no real use for that message - the older versions never had it so why the change?

The change is because the region capture works contrary to the way a PM app should behave. Only a mouse button one click should trigger a capture but in Gotcha's case button 2 also triggers the capture. I have removed the dialog and uploaded a Gotcha-2-0-0-2.wpi to Hobbes and Netlabs. At some point I will see if I can fix the capture trigger but in this release mouse button 2 also triggers the capture (same as the pre 2.0 version). 

Applications / Re: XWP and folder file size listing
« on: November 16, 2019, 10:32:51 pm »

This is caused by an Open Watcom compiled dll being opened on WPS's first thread. It is because OW sets the FPU control word differently than VAC. Installing XWP 1.0.12 or higher should fix it.  If you look closely you will see the odd sizes are floating point numbers formatted as strings where the comma formatting expects an integer. 

Applications / Re: About bldlevel
« on: September 06, 2019, 09:34:28 pm »
As far as I know, it has to done when compiling the binary. I guess if a binary had a large description, the description could be replaced with a binary editor. Most exe's don't have a description, which is also added in the def file.
Actually, bldlevel does complain about not finding "driver EA's" so perhaps that is a way.

There is an EA that looks as if it would do this:
From the OS/2 programing guide
The .VERSION extended attribute (EA) contains the version number of the file format, as shown below.

    My_Application 1.0

The name of this EA consists of the string ".VERSION". The value of this EA contains the file object version number. This attribute can be ASCII or binary. Only the application that created the file object should modify the value of this EA. It can also be used to indicate an application or dynamic link library version number.

For the windowed sessions you can try changing this line in config.sys DEVICE=I:\OS2\MDOS\VSVGA.SYS to DEVICE=I:\OS2\MDOS\VSVGA.SYS /int10textgrfxsafe. You also need to add
mode co80
to autoexec.bat
This works on my system without viop.sys so I don't know how they behave if used together.
One other note if I change DOS LOW, NOUMB to DOS HIGH, UMB in config.sys mode traps on my system.

Applications / Re: BS_Info v2.2 and AVxCat
« on: August 26, 2019, 11:59:52 pm »
Hi All

Just installed BS_Info v2.2 and gave it a try.

I am a little concerned about the IFS information displayed regarding my fat32 driver:-

   fat32.ifs   v0.10.r204
   *** very dangerous ***

Does anyone know why this fat32 driver is "*** very dangerous ***"?

Hi Pete

You are using are extremely old driver with the latest being v0.10.r381 which can be found at

At this page, you can see just how far behind you are.
The later drivers add more types of FAT support and I believe chckdsk support along with formatting fat32 drives.

The web page is wrong.  You can format fat32 drives.  I use the Reformat  program which I bought.  If you are familiar with the command line, it can be done that way.

Fat32 entries in my config.sys file.

ifs=F:\OS2\BOOT\fat32.ifs /cache:2048 /h /q /ac:* /largefiles /fat /exfat
call=F:\OS2\cachef32.exe /f /p:2 /m:50000 /b:250 /d:5000

I believe the ArcaOS Fat32 driver is based on the 0.10.r378 version.

Hi David, Pete

The ArcaOS Fat32 driver is based on the 0.10.r359 though it does have some code from later revisions.

Fat32 isn't a very robust file system. It is just an extension of Fat16. Its directory enties are all stored in files just like the data is stored. It only has short name directory entry structures. These have been bastardized so it can use multiple short name structures to store long names.

Probably all OS2 Fat32 drivers suffer from directory entry corruption under heavy load. Fortunately, it is seldom seen under light usage. It is more likely with caching (Note the cache is disabled in the current Netlabs and ArcOS versions), with multiprocessors and under heavy load such as rsyncing a large number of file from multiple directories from a Fat32 hard drive to a Fat32 USB stick. Fortunately, chkdsk can usually fix the problem.  However, rarely it will cause mismatch Fats and chkdsk will give up kindly telling you to run chkdsk in Windows (which won't work either as fixing the fats requires scandisk). The only ways to fix it in OS2 is using DFSee or reformatting the drive.


Programming / Re: Mozturbo help
« on: August 24, 2019, 10:54:13 pm »
ArcaOS has a program for this. In Computer->System Setup->Network->TCP/IP is a program called Default Internet Applications which can be used to set all the default internet related apps. It sets web browser to Firefox and Thunderbird for email if you do a default ArcaOS install. It sets them to SeaMonkey if you install that while installing ArcaOS. They aren't set at all if you don't install any of these when you install ArcaOS.

A couple of thing to check:

First what protocol are you using to run Peer. If it is Netbios over TCP/IP this will prevent Samba from working, Remove netbios over TCP/IP and replace with Netbios.

Next how is the NAS accessed by name or by IP address. If it is by name you need to add this to your hosts file
(NAS to X:\MPTN\ETC\hosts). Obviously use the correct values here.

You need to reboot after either of these changes

Applications / Re: Revisiting old OS/2 Software.
« on: July 17, 2019, 09:07:05 pm »
There is also the programming calculator scalc on Hobbes.

Programming / Re: Compiling PMMail with GCC 4.9.2
« on: July 09, 2019, 02:08:33 am »
Rich Thanks for the code.

Paul Yes I realize that now sorry for the noise.

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