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I think we need to establish some baseline parameters for this problem first.

1)  Where are these JFS partitions - on the ArcaOS virtual drive or the win 7 hard disk?
2)  How did you create and format the JFS partitions considering that windows knows nothing about JFS partitions and will not see them?
3)  Assuming you intend using the JFS partitions to transfer information between ArcaOS and win 7  how do you propose doing that when win 7 does not see JFS partitions?
4)  Are you going to write a JFS file system driver to allow win7 to see and read JFS formatted partitions?
5)  You do realise that the 'shared folders' option in vBox additions requires the host OS to be able to see and interact with the selected file system?  It is not a translation layer to convert file systems.

Sorry if this seems hard but you must realise that vBox is limited to what the host system can see and read/write when transferring data between host and client.  Even if you use a large plugin USB drive to transfer data both the host OS and guest OS must be able to read the formatted drive.

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I think you have found one of the problems using vBox on windows.  Windows knows nothing about disk formats other than NTFS and Win32 so any disks you format as JFS are meaningless as far as windows is concerned and can't be seen.

If you want a real partition on your win box to allow sharing between win and OS/2 in vBox you should use a win32 formatted partition.

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As it stands this whole question of the number of users should be considered as a marketing exercise.  That should provide a greater incentive for those porting programs.

The last time I looked at the Netlabs RPM repository (using one of my Linux boxes) the bulk of the items there were things I will never be interested in (programming languages and libraries) rather than the things I am interested in (example: a full QT5 runtime environment that fits in one directory like the QT4 runtime and 'just works' - the QT4 was a superb effort, the QT5 appears to have fallen apart by concentrating on parts of the runtime rather than the whole [sorry if that upsets anyone but that is the way I see it]). 

As I said, consider the whole thing as a marketing exercise, find out what 'we the users' really want, not what we have to put up with.

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Setup & Installation / Re: A question of fonts
« on: June 14, 2021, 02:09:15 am »
As Dave says it is a PS printer font usually distributed with postscript printers.  It will generally appear in the XWorkplace fonts section but that doesn't guarantee it will display in a browser or other OS/2 programs.

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Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: June 13, 2021, 05:47:35 pm »
Hi Martin,

I get the impression that you are your own worst enemy regarding Hobbes. (I am assuming it is you that is adding all the ancient drivers/programs for which there is no hardware).

With all the old junk cluttering up incoming it is almost impossible to see any new input unless one is looking for a specific item.  Unfortunately, I can't see a simple way round the problem unless you can talk NMSU and the person that looks after the OS/2 section to create a 'incoming\archive' section where all the old drivers/programs can be posted to, so leaving 'incoming' clear for new material.

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Networking / Re: Arcamapper (SAMBA) loses connection
« on: May 28, 2021, 10:39:15 pm »
Double clicking on the icon representing the NAS drive and getting no response is generally due to the sleep settings of the NAS and which parts of the NAS go into sleep mode.  If it is just the disks that go into sleep mode they should start up reasonably quickly, if it is the OS plus the disks that sleep it takes rather longer.

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I agree that the future might be 64bit. But to be honest, for me I don't see any need for 64bit as long as i can do all i need to do with my "old" 32bit system. I am not a programmer and using my pc mainly for writing and organizing office stuff. What I try to say is, that it always depends what you need an OS for and what you expect from it. I really enjoy OS/2 since it is so very comfortable to work with it and i wouldn't want to miss it. And i am really happy that AN is doing a great job to keep it alive as an OS....

As you say a 64 bit version of OS/2 is a dream, I have to ask 'what advantage would a 64 bit OS have over a 32 bit one for everyday usage?'

Like andreas I use OS/2 tor writing and editing of manuscripts, yes, I can do that on one of my Linux boxes but not as easily and it still takes the same length of time.  Also there are times when I see memory problems because the modern motherboards and uefi bios are set up for windows only and don't play well with any other OS - since I will not use windows I have learned to live with those quirks.  Even my MSI B550-A Pro board wit a third gen Ryzen processor runs OS/2(ArcaOS) on the bare metal, just wish MSI had better memory management.

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Applications / Re: theseus 4.001 trap in usbmon
« on: May 24, 2021, 11:02:32 am »
No problem with any of my AMD processor units.  Maybe the trap is processor based since roberto, Dave and Martin are using Intel CPUs while Andreas and myself use AMD units.

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Hi Greggory,

Other than wanting to use your old Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Yorkfield CPU is there any compelling reason for using an Intel CPU for your new unit?

I gave up on Intel years ago in the days of the 486 processor and now use AMD units exclusively in any computer I build.  My latest unit is based on the MSI B550-A PRO board with an AMD Ryzen third gen processor with built in graphics which works very well with the latest ArcaOS.  Unless you insist on Intel processors I would recommend that you give AMD a try.

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Hi Martin,

Looking at Hobbes incoming, it appears the first thing should be the opening of a new subsection of the archive called something like 'ancient software' that could have subsections of 'drivers', 'utilities' and so on.  My reasoning for that is someone new to OS/2 will not be deluded into thinking the old drivers will work on new hardware and conversely, someone with very old hardware would have a better hope of finding things that will work.

Your idea of creating a total backup of the OS/2 section is excelent but it should be ready to take over at a moments notice should the NMSU authorities decide to close that section down.

All of us should be very thankful that the University has kept the OS/2 section going but we shouldn't expect them to keep it up for ever.   

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Programming / Re: Installing Prominaire Designer
« on: April 29, 2021, 01:32:59 am »
Hi Mike,

Like Pete I don't know the program but I suspect your problem is down to missing DLLs that the installer put in the os2\dll directory.

Am I correct in assuming you don't have a floppy drive so you can't install from the floppies, if so, all is not lost.  You can download vfdisk60.zip from hobbes which will give you a virtual floppy disk that you can copy the contents of each floppy to from each of your install directory, and use that to do the install.

If you have each floppy as a disk image you will need to unpack them to the virtual floppy.  The easiest way to do that is to use EMT4PM from Daniel F Valot's site http://dvalot.free.fr/OS2programs.html  that program will also make disk images.


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Setup & Installation / Re: Booting with NVMe
« on: April 26, 2021, 05:55:04 pm »
Hi Matt,

Although I don't have a NVMe on my MSI B550 (Ryzen third gen) I do have an M-2 SATA stick that I boot from and found out very early that I needed to set that M-2 slot as the first bootable drive in the bios.  If I didn't do that it would try and boot from any other drive on the system, all 5 plus the DVD, but never try the M-2 slot.

At some stage I will add an NVMe stick to the second M-2 on that board and see what happens - maybe use one as a fall back boot system.

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Utilities / Re: QT5 Runtime
« on: April 23, 2021, 07:05:43 pm »
I too have downloaded all the QT5 rpm files and unpacked them and found a few DLLs but now according to Neil we enter DLL hell where one DLL will work with one program but no others.

I started out trying to run the latest version of Tea-60.0.3-1 which appears to have gone from QT4 to QT5.  I eventually found the missing DLLs (not mentioned in the zip file) whereupon it threw a wabblie and refused to work - I assume that is because a DLL has changed from when the OS/2 version was produced NOT GOOD.

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Utilities / Re: QT5 Runtime
« on: April 21, 2021, 11:16:45 pm »
Hi Dariusz,

Been there , done that no joy - I do not want or need umpteen *.h files or other junk which I know not what to do with,  I just want a simple runtime package like that for QT4.

@ Neil,

Sorry , don't have that running because there is no set of required DLLs available - I just want a simple zip with all the necessary DLLs, is that too much to ask?  Will accept a .wpi or as a last resort a .rpm.

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Utilities / QT5 Runtime
« on: April 21, 2021, 06:28:08 pm »
Maybe I am not looking in the right place but I can't find the QT5 runtime package.

I assume there has to be one, we do have one for QT4.   Since most developers want to show their ability and would have assembled one as soon as possible if only to show off what they can do  BUT the question is where is it hiding.

Don't tell me that I have to download a load of programming junk that I will never use just to get bits from each package that might eventually allow me to put together a QT5 runtime, that is just stupidity.

Rant over.  Having spent the last few hours looking and finding a blank wall I am beginning to wonder just where OS/2 is going.

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