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General Discussion / Re: Revolutionary PC Technology
« on: January 14, 2021, 08:50:46 pm »
I think the reason why OS/2 "failed" in the market place is the same reason all other PC operating systems "failed" - you can't compete with an operating system that is free and comes already installed. i.e. Windows.  Microsoft was smart enough to know that it needed to dominate marketing - and did so with its  agreements with PC manufactures.

Do you all remember how hard it was to install OS/2 2.0?  Now imagine your parents doing that.

IBM certainly started out not understanding the consumer market place.  When I bought OS/2 v1.3 the only place to buy it was at an IBM retail store and those stores closed at 5:00PM and weren't open on the weekend.
But by the time version 2 came around I think IBM was much smarter about marketing to consumers and OS/2 became available in software and computer stores.

But you couldn't buy very many new computers with OS/2 preinstalled - a few manufactures gave you the choice, but for those that did OS/2 always cost most than Windows when preinstalled.

As long as the govt allowed these sales agreements between Microsoft and PC makers where the PC maker paid Microsoft for every PC shipped, regardless of whether Windows was installed or not,  no other operating system really had a chance.

IBM certainly did pursue third party application makers, even going to far as to pay some companies to port their software to OS/2.  But the preinstall strangle-hold MS had on PC makers always meant that OS/2 would never beat Windows.

Events / Re: Preparing for Warpstock Virtual 2020 ...
« on: November 07, 2020, 09:30:11 pm »
Nice presentation Sigurd.  I  enjoyed all the presentations.  Thanks to the presenters and all the others that made Warpstock come together.

Setup & Installation / Re: Problem with SNAP resulution
« on: October 17, 2020, 11:17:56 pm »
AN bought the driver, but they have done absolutely NOTHING with it, other than change the branding to Arca Noae

As Dariusz points out AN did "something" to it because the AOS version of SNAP runs on a multicore machine with all CPUs enabled without hangs where the SciTech version does not.  For me it was not only the startup of the WPS but I would also experience hangs during operation, sometimes an hour or two after booting up.  AOS version does not have those problems.

Martin - it seems strange that you are missing the check boxes for wide screen and 4x3 resolution.  I am running AOS and SNAP and those check boxes appear on the second of the SNAP pages in the Screen object on my system.   That would seem to indicate there is something messed up with the install.

Dariusz also pointed out he limits his memory usage for SNAP to 24 MB "for other hardware."  While I don't think this is affecting your screen resolution issue, once you get that working you probably should limit the memory SNAP uses.  Apparently SNAP allocates main memory based on how much is on your card, and that eats up virtual memory that might otherwise be available for vBox and other applications that are very memory hungry.  So you probably want to limit the amount of memory SNAP uses. There is a discussion about this on another thread - try searching for memory and SNAP

Hardware / Re: Someone tried OS/2 with 3840x2160 Display?
« on: October 16, 2020, 07:17:46 pm »

Could you please hook up the Samsung S32D850T and see what resolutions the ATI X850 XT will drive though SNAP?

I am currently running two 1920x1080 monitors as a dual-head setup and am looking for more vertical resolution - say 1920x1440.
So if SNAP and the ATI x850 XT would drive the samsung at 1920x1440 that would be perfect for me.

Applications / Re: SAMBA Network access denied
« on: October 02, 2020, 08:59:52 pm »
Thank you all for your responses - especially you Neil for you excellent documentation.  I finally got it to work and I conclude my problems where mostly stupid user errors on my part plus some mysterious issues I don't understand.

And thanks Paul for explaining the relationship between klibc user management and samba users/groups/

For anyone else that may have similar problems.

I was accidently installing samba-1-3-0-122.wpi instead of samba-1-1-4-804.wpi Stupid mistake on my part.  What is labeled samba-1-1-4-804.wpi actually installs samba server version 3.3.16  What is labeled samba-1-3-0-1022 installs a later version of Samba server.  I was finally able to get past the root user login in order to create Samba users with the later version (perhaps because I changed to a password to at least 8 characters long?) and get the server running, but I could not see the server from ArcaMapper or connect from WInNT.

Suggest to the Samba gurus - could you please make the version number of the install packages match the version number of the server that is being installed?

When I uninstalled the later version and installed Samba version 3.3.16 I could see everything from ArcaMapper and from WinNT in vbox and make connections.  So all is good.

I am probably a bad person for using the earlier version, but it works.  And I can connect from Macs, various windows versions and ecs/AOS.

Thanks again for all the responses.  The discussion on the later versions of Samba has been interesting.

Applications / Re: SAMBA Network access denied
« on: October 01, 2020, 03:24:55 pm »
I am sorry - I should have given more information.

The system is AOS 5.01

I installed the Net drive plugin for Dropbox which requires kLIBC, and if memory serves me, also kLIBC user manager, which I seem to remember was required for authentication at Dropbox.  That was months ago.

I installed Samba server 3.3.16 on the machine using the WPI package - in order to exchange files with Windows NT on vbox, since vbox doesn't implement shared folders for Windows NT.  I believe the install process prompted me for a password for root, which I entered.

Now when I try to add the Samba Users or Groups I am prompted for a password for root, and no password I enter works - they all come back with network access is denied.

I  deleted  pwd.db, master.passwd, spwd.db and because I was brave and desperate, master.passwd.bak and spwd.db.bak  all in unixroot\etc, and ran the Samba reload configuration which went through part of the setup, including prompting me for a password for root, but I have the same issue.

When I start kLIBC user management I now get a dialog that says "Samba user management found. Continue?"  The title of the dialog says: WarpIN:\Samba\SmbUsers\1\0\1\804

I have no idea why WarpIN would be involved at this point, it is not running.  I cannot find any documentation on kLIBC user management.  kLIBC user management has a button for edit user, but clicking that on root brings up a dialog that doesn't allow any changes to root.  kLIBC user management, when in debug mode, shows a password for root but that password still does not work when trying to add or modify users in Samba.

I know this Samba version and install package (*WPI) works because I have it installed on my server (eComStation machine) and I used that same package to install on AOS which is where I am having problems.

So do I need to delete everything in UNIXROOT (and the Samba tentacles elsewhere) and start re-installing or is there a less nuclear option?

Applications / SAMBA Network access denied
« on: September 30, 2020, 11:21:30 pm »
I am trying to set up samba 3.3.16 and when attempting to execute Samba Users and Groups I get the message

Sys0065: Network access is denied.

For some reason I also have KLIBC User Management - I think it was for the Drop Box plugin
Any thoughts on how to fix this.

Utilities / Re: Create an ISO from a CD
« on: September 17, 2020, 07:01:55 am »
I am finally reporting back as requested.

I found three methods using OS/2 that work

1) The suggestion by Rich Walsh

readcd dev=0,1,0 -ftest.iso -retries-32

where dev=0,1,0 is the scsi address and test.iso is the name of the ISO file to create

2) Tonigy - which is an interesting animal.
With Tonigy (once installed)  you attached the CD as a drive letter on your machine using the Tonigy app.  Then when you open that drive letter  there appears the file
which you can copy.  That file is the ISO for the entire CD

3) eburnit
EburnIT is a front end for DVDDAO.exe

While DVD Toys can do it from the command line (#1) I didn't find any way to do it using its GUI.

Programming / Re: Aligning on 64k boundary
« on: September 15, 2020, 12:15:03 am »
Thanks Rich.

Programming / Aligning on 64k boundary
« on: September 14, 2020, 05:34:10 pm »
The Control Program reference says in the Remarks for DosWrite()

"When writing message pipes the application is limited to 64K messages. As well, these messages cannot span 64k boundaries due to the current design of the thunk layer in read or write routines. If the message is not written in an aligned manner, the subsequent read will not be able to handle the messages properly."

Since this is talking about thunking I assume it is for the 32 bit version of OS/2 rather than a relic from the 286 version of OS/2.  And besides you need to be able to read/write to a pipe from WinOS2.

How do you allocate memory (a buffer for a message) so that it does not cross a 64k boundary? 

I am programming in C - specifically VisualAge.

I don't see anything specific in DosAllocMem().   The #pragma pack only addresses alignment to 1,2,4,8 or 16 byte  alignments.

Programming / Re: Non-English programming questions - in English
« on: August 26, 2020, 12:34:26 am »
Thanks all for your responses.

Programming / Non-English programming questions - in English
« on: August 25, 2020, 06:29:09 am »
When non-English speakers write programs, such as Rexx, SQL or C, what language do they write in?

For example in SQL - in English a query looks like

SELECT column1, column2 FROM thisTable WHERE someCondition ORDER BY column3

Does a Spanish speaker or German speaker write the same thing, or do they write the Spanish/German words for SELECT FROM WHERE and ORDER BY?

Likewise in Rexx, does everyone write DO UNTIL and SELECT , or do they write their own language equivalents?

Programming / Re: WPS Locale Object Questions
« on: August 22, 2020, 07:37:23 am »
Thank you Dave and Alex for your responses.

It looks like you (Alex) have a page up that answers the next questions I was going to ask - mainly related to documentation -  which Dave linked to.

And I noticed that Alex also has some good information on EDM/2 about code pages and limitations with certain PM controls using non-latin code pages

Thanks again.

Programming / WPS Locale Object Questions
« on: August 21, 2020, 11:47:55 pm »
In the System Setup folder there is a WPS object called Locale.

That object appears to have locale settings that are not obtainable from the OS/2 Control Program DosQueryCtryInfo() function.  Furthermore for the items in the WPS Locale object that DO appear in DosQueryCtyInfo() the settings shown in the WPS Locale object don't match the values returned by DosQueryCtyInfo().    For example the date separator character - see attachments.

So my questions are:

1) What locale does the WPS Locale object change or show?
2) How do I access those settings from a C language program?
3) Is there some object that reconciles what is returned by DosQueryCtyInfo() and the WPS Locale Object


Applications / Re: PmMail 3.24 bug
« on: June 05, 2020, 12:24:27 am »
I have gotten a logon to the PMMail Mantis, created a ticket, and then modified the ticket because my original bug report was both wrong and right.  I am updating this here in case anyone is reading this that doesn't have a logon to PMMail Mantis bug tracker.

I reported a bug as 1) the check box setting "Channel Encryption is Optional" does not retain its setting for two of my channels when PmMail is closed, and 2) that caused PMMail to not connect to Comcast.

As it turns out #1 is correct but #2 is not correct.  It appears the reason why PMMail was not connecting was because I had multiple accounts set up, some of which are no longer active.   I was clicking Fetch All which wasn't working.  It appears that it timed out waiting for a response from the no longer active account mail servers.   When I select individual accounts and click Fetch This Account PmMail connects and retrieves mail correctly.  Now that I have figured it out  I consider this to be user error on my part,

Once I have archived the emails I want to save from the no longer active accounts I will delete those accounts and try Fetch All again - if that still doesn't work I will create a new bug report.

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