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Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: September 21, 2021, 03:47:51 pm »
Same from me.

Off Topic discussions / Re: Lo Res Car?
« on: September 09, 2021, 09:03:32 pm »
Wrong forum.

Man I *love* RPM....
One problem is that yum itself uses Python.

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: September 04, 2021, 12:38:32 am »
I agree. It shows that every classification needs to be maintained. Some thoughts:

To 1)

apps/internet is really not useful nowadays. OTOH has it useful subdirs (protocols) that makes it easy to find e.g. Thunderbird. apps/comm doesn't really make sense in a parallel dir.

apps/graphics and apps/multimedia: Use either a few (max. 10) more top-level dirs or many same-level dirs, but not both. It depends on the structure you have for this. I prefer more the first and wouldn't make it depend on what is now on Hobbes only. It's better to avoid trees with complete different amount of elements on the same level.

I would rather place the other smaller trees that have a too high level below useful top levels.

Another thing is single files in a dir that has other subdirs. Should they rather be placed in a "misc" dir below that? Then "misc" would make sense.

I guess you have already thought about most of them.

To 2)

These two misc dirs contain far too many items. I agree that most of them belong rather to other dirs.

To 5)

5.1) "remote". But rdesktop really in apps/internet/misc?
5.2) "filesharing"
5.3) "xworkplace\widgets"

(I prefer rather short names, but I always stumble about "wp" which should rather be "wordproc" and "dtp", IMO.)

Some other thoughts:

About Thunderbird: I would prefer to place Lightning beneath Thunderbird, not in apps/calendar. After moving them, the rest of app/calendar doesn't need such a high dir level.

About apps/wp: Acrobat Reader (not Distiller), IBM BookManager, PDFMerge and the GNU libs don't belong here. (I've just found that you've already mentioned PDFMerge in an earlier message.)

I'm not sure where to place programs and viewers an tools for special formats. I have here placed them in subdirs below "Format", but I don't like "Format" anymore. It's not that easy as it seems. Someone has to have a good idea for that.

About util: What's the criterion to place it here or in apps, esp. regarding the current contents of apps? I would drop that and move it rather to apps.

How is your planned structure?

Programming / Re: REXX - Top header comments Suggestion
« on: August 24, 2021, 04:14:07 pm »
I use the headers Christian has created for several filetypes.

The REXX header prototype is header.cmd_rex. An example is icons.cmd. (SVN would have expanded the $Id$ line. Trac as well, but it refuses to display .cmd files.)

An example for another header I've used for another project is:
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* pmcall.cmd
* Version: 2019-08-11
* Syntax: pmcall.exe  [-m] [-b] [-l <log_file>] <cmd_name> [<cmd_args>]
*    -m  Messages enabled (STDOUT and STDERR/PM)
*    -b  Error beeps enabled
*    -l  Logging enabled
*    -h, -?  Show help message
* Provide a PM environment for .cmd files.
* o  It opens a queue, whose name is provided as env var 'ERRORQUEUE'.
* o  It executes the submitted cmd_name and its args.
* o  After execution of cmd_name, It reads the contents of ErrorQueue and
*    presents it in a PM message box. This is useful in cases where messages
*    would be lost otherwise.
* o  This is compiled to a PM executable to make the submitted cmd_name run
*    in a PM env: REXX2EXE /P [/K] pmcall.cmd pmcall.exe
* Part of the DOSBox installation. May also be used for other cases.
* By Andreas Schnellbacher <mailto:###>
* Contains REXX code from the NEPMD project.

Yes, the message is gone, as Mike describes. Thanks.

But the old problem remains: The logon to the main page ( isn't permanent, while it is to the SMF pages, which seems to use the cookie 'SMFCookie...'. The cookie 'joomla_remember_me_...' shows an expiration date of 2021-08-25 (in a month), but apparently that doesn't work and the logon lasts only for the session. Maybe the additional session cookie applies here.

Applications / Re: FeatherPad for OS/2
« on: July 14, 2021, 10:42:39 pm »
And how do we contact Silvan?
Email to bww? Or just wait a bit, he scans the fora from time to time and was very responsive in the past. Additionally: It's vacation time.

General Discussion / Re: hobbes down
« on: July 09, 2021, 07:50:20 pm »
Yes, works now again.

Applications / Re: FeatherPad for OS/2
« on: July 06, 2021, 04:51:54 pm »
Most likely the application does not recognize a filename as a file to open as command line argument.

You can check that yourself: Execute <appname> <filename> and see if that works.

Applications / Re: patched PmMerge
« on: July 02, 2021, 12:38:43 am »
The clipped text is caused by using 9.WarpSans as the font for dialogs. The ini key for this is PM_SystemFonts -> DefaultFont. The default value is 10.System Proportional. If you add the key and change it to another font, dialog texts don't fit in their controls. As I wrote before, Holger's patch fixes this for fonts like 9.WarpSans. As Alex wrote, it dosn't work well with DBCS fonts.

So no wonder that you see the same text clipping with the OS/4 version as with the IBM version.

Interesting that Holger's other patch makes it pass Igor's teststart2.

Applications / Re: hard hangs
« on: June 16, 2021, 10:55:01 pm »
PMview with multiple instances and working with lots of graphics sometimes hangs the system requiring a hard shutdown.
That sounds like a shared memory problem (with a small chance for failing hardware). How and do you check shared memory and which apps do you have loaded "high"?

This also occurs with FM/2.  Sometimes when I open an archive file and start to drag a file to add to the archive, the system locks up requiring another hard boot.
That's not a memory eater. But it accesses disks that may have failures.

Applications / Re: patched PmMerge
« on: June 13, 2021, 03:44:39 pm »
I have both of Holger's patches applied since years. I never noticed a problem without and with fix 1, but since the Mozilla times it was hard to say what really caused the countless crashes.

I recommend fix 2, because then dialog sizes adjust perfectly to a set font for PM_SystemFonts -> DefaultFont. (This value is usually unset, which defaults. to 10.System Proportional. I've mine set to 9. WarpSans.

The only problem is that IBM's view.exe has problems with that and e.g. the buttons are resized, but their font don't fit in the reduced size. That app doesn't seem to comply with PM rules. (Holger already has mentioned this problem in the readme.)

In eCS times Alex wrote that Asian fonts have problems with this patch. That's probably the main reason why it didn't make it into a later eCS.

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: June 12, 2021, 02:23:42 pm »
Yes, I agree with Dave.

Plus: The programmer is the one who knows best which version should be kept.

The question seems to be a bit theoretical since more and more ancient drivers are uploaded. Even when someone prefers the original SPEA-V7 driver, I don't guess what's the benefit of keeping the older 2.02 release.

If they would be moved to a separate dir, I won't complain. But how about an older Uniaud driver then?

Networking / Re: Get MAC Address from my local NIC or WLAN
« on: June 05, 2021, 02:50:07 pm »

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