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Applications / Re: ArcaOS 5.1 - First Impressions
« on: August 30, 2023, 08:56:33 pm »

What boot manager do you use? It would be nice to mix UEFI and non-UEFI disks on a system.

I would like the same thing due to large amounts of data on MBR disks.

Events / Re: ArcaOS 5.0.8 is out!
« on: June 06, 2023, 04:41:50 pm »
On fresh installs on all my B550 based boards I get through the Ist phase and then it rebooted and the screen is dark with a blinking cursor in the upper left side.

I was loading an Asus x570-PLUS with the same situation. The way it worked was to use the bios to set the boot device to the USB and then on first reboot change the boot device back to the boot drive. I also had to change the ACPI line in the config.sys to remove the /VW before the first reboot for the install to see the USB. This was new behavior from earlier versions.

On my system with 7 sata connections I had to remove all the sata connections except the boot drive sata connection for the install to recognize drive C:   Once installed the other sata connections were connected again and worked. This was the same as earlier versions.

Another new item was the ArcaOS splash screen last a lot longer than in the past.

Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS and Storage - Discussion
« on: April 19, 2023, 02:56:15 pm »
Hi Greg,

Do you really need 8 disks?  I have 5 on one of my Ryzen test units, the sixth place is a DVD unit and I have never had to disconnect any of them when I update the OS.

The smallest drive is a 1 TB unit all the others are 2 TB units which give more than enough space for storing data and programs.  I think you might have shot yourself in the foot with the extra eSata cards.

What motherboard is it?  My MSI B550-A Pro board has as standard 6 disk connectors as well as 2 M2 slots so no lack of disk space (see specifications section of attached manual).  It can also have 15 USB ports though I don't have them all attached.

I can't attach the manual as it is too large but it is easy to download from the MSI manuals site.

I have lots of data and some are used as backups of others. I also have hot-swap cages to add and remove drives, that requires bringing down the system to change drives. The problem with needing to remove drives for an install is required if there is more than one drive. The total number does not matter, except for the unplugging of everything.

Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS and Storage - Discussion
« on: April 17, 2023, 01:59:08 pm »
I am of the opinion that Secure Boot should be off because is serves little purpose other than enabling M to ban software.

Setup & Installation / ArcaOS and Storage - Discussion
« on: April 14, 2023, 04:54:02 pm »
I have a copy of Win and I don't even have to press the update button. It does it form me whenever it wants.

About AMD, I run my workstation on ArcaOS with a Ryzen motherboard with 8 usb slots and 2 additional eSata cards. I routinely have 8 hard disks running. The problem is to load or reload the OS i have to unplug all the drives except the C: drive or the OS cannot find the boot device. I am wondering if 5.1 does this better.

Applications / Re: Updated Postgresql/2 builds
« on: April 14, 2023, 03:19:40 pm »
Here is the result of creating a DB with 9.4.15 with libcx 0.7.2-1

[K:\postgres\pgsql\bin]initdb -D K:\postgres\data -E LATIN1
The files belonging to this database system will be owned by user "postgres".
This user must also own the server process.

The database cluster will be initialized with locale "en_US.IBM-850".
could not determine encoding for locale "en_US.IBM-850": codeset is "IBM-850"
could not determine encoding for locale "en_US.IBM-850": codeset is "IBM-850"
The default text search configuration will be set to "english".

Data page checksums are disabled.

fixing permissions on existing directory K:/postgres/data ... ok
creating subdirectories ... ok
selecting default max_connections ... 10
selecting default shared_buffers ... 400kB
selecting dynamic shared memory implementation ... sysv
creating configuration files ... ok
creating template1 database in K:/postgres/data/base/1 ... FATAL:  could not cre
ate semaphores: Error 0
DETAIL:  Failed system call was semget(1, 17, 03600).
child process exited with exit code 1
initdb: removing contents of data directory "K:/postgres/data"

Looked good before the semaphores. I did not try and fix the language issue.


Applications / Re: Updated Postgresql/2 builds
« on: April 14, 2023, 03:02:00 pm »
Hey Greg,
Apologies - you and Jan-Erik are basically the only two to provide feedback.


That is alright, It has been a long time since I commented on PostgresQl. Every now and then I revisit the subject.

Applications / Re: Updated Postgresql/2 builds
« on: April 11, 2023, 11:02:40 pm »
I had been using the older port but the current one will not start on my system. Looks like there is a path issue which I could not figure out. I use postgresql extensively in linux. The current version is very good. With well designed tables, indexes and queries it can approach DB2 speeds.

General Discussion / Re: It's a sad day...
« on: July 30, 2022, 12:33:34 pm »
Mi biggest loss was source to a fully self balancing, multinode tree, database engine I wrote. I only have printout of half of the code. It was written in C and was very tight so it would be very hard to reconstruct.

Networking / Re: USB Modem
« on: March 04, 2022, 02:08:20 pm »
I have used TalkThru for modem use and it works well. All the normal configuration controls. I have scripts for PPP use. Also, once there is a working modem, I have used java with the added com support from IBM for modem control. That allowed me to write things like pager connections which requires being able to send any binary character. I am not sure on the license status of TalkThru but I purchased copies back in the 90's.

I used java for automated data connections. The java was able to change the default route temporarily to the modem, away from the ethernet, and then change back when the job was done.

Applications / Re: Apache OpenOffice no longer starts
« on: July 16, 2021, 06:27:19 pm »
I deleted the home directories and the programs directories and loaded OpenOffice 4.1.8
Now it is working again.

Thanks for the tips.

Must have been an incompatibility with the current system dll (s)

Applications / Re: Apache OpenOffice no longer starts
« on: July 15, 2021, 08:06:05 pm »
Thanks for the note. I used the yum list in the readme and updated all but that does not fix the problem.

Applications / Apache OpenOffice no longer starts
« on: July 15, 2021, 04:08:29 pm »
I had Apache OpenFoffice AOO-4160-GA running. I removed it and loaded AOO-4170-GA. Now it will not start. I deleted the directories and even re-installed the C: partition (boot) and AOO-4170-GA will not start. Then I went and re-installed again and loaded AOO-4160-GA which also will not start. It gets to the "1.Welocme"  which is the new install setup, and when "Next" is pressed the application vanishes without any errors.
Are there any suggestions?

Applications / Re: hard hangs
« on: June 23, 2021, 11:59:38 pm »
I notice you never answered this question from Roderick:

When the system has hung, does it respond to CTRL ALT F10 twice

I remember it as Ctrl-Alt-Num Lock twice.

It's supposed to start a system dump.

The CTRL ALT F10 x2 in Linux breaks out of the graphical shell which can be done from a VM.

The other one, CTRL ALT Num x2 is an OS/2 version.

So, for you "OS/2" is dead.

That reminds me of OS/2 1.0 which I used a few times. My roomate ran a BBS using it. Then 2.0 came out and I bought it. Soon I programmed for it and installed many applications at work that cound not be done with windows 3.1 As time went on I used virtually every varient of OS/2. All along it was being called "Dead". I even knew the people at IBM that were responsible for trying to kill OS/2. They all failed, most lost their jobs. Yet, OS/2 continued.

I use both an OS/2 machine and a virtual OS/2 machine. The normal machine is faster and has a better interface. I don't have to bother with multiple logins and odd screen views.

I develop for every operating system. OS/2 is still the best.

(by the way, the Colonial Pipeline hack would not have happened with OS/2)

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