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Storage / Re: eSata
« on: March 27, 2021, 05:15:30 pm »
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eSATA has never been completely supported by any OS. that I know about. Even windows will usually refuse to eject it, until the system is shut down. For those who understand it, eSATA is a far better technology than USB, but lack of proper support makes it difficult to use.
That's not true. I told you this in another thread before. Maybe on YOUR Win system you can not eject. Or maybe YOUR antivirus program do not allow to eject. Or any other thing on YOUR system inhibits eject. But this is not a Win problem per see. The Win system I tested can eject eSATA drives without problems (not from the popup menu of the drive but from the icon in the lower right corner).

I don't know if different *nix systems have problems with eSATA like our platform have. I'm pretty sure they don't. Maybe some *nix user can comment on this.

Repeating false myths about other OSes doesn't help us. It's our OS which have problems with attach and eject eSATA drives during operation. Not a common problem with other OSes and not a general problem with eSATA.

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The other has USB 3. Running the exact same job runs so close to the same speed, that I can't tell which is faster.
For the system I tested this is only true when I boot Win7. Running the same system with OS/2/ArcaOS the difference between USB3 (Intel and Renesas chips) and (e)SATA harddisks is significant. Maybe with 'slow' disks our slow USB(3) throughput (OS/2/ArcaOS) does not show up. But with my disks and both tested, internal Intel USB3 chip set and PCIe card with Renesas chip, the difference is huge.

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Internet / Re: Password Managers
« on: February 17, 2021, 05:12:42 pm »
yum install keepassx
That doesn't work for me. Is it in netlabs-exp?

I've found it on eCSoft/2.
I think so. It's listed here as installed. But in red color when exp is disabled.

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Internet / Re: Password Managers
« on: February 17, 2021, 08:51:48 am »
I mostly use SMs integrated password manager and share the profile (copied over from the main machine). I don't need more security on my private machines. On one Win machine I want to have better security I've my SM profile on an encrypted drive (VeraCrypt). Moreover I once exported my passwords and feed it into KeePassX (yum install keepassx). I've the KeePassX database on my main OS/2 box. But I also copied it to a stick together with the Win version of KeePassX so I've access even when I'm on another machine.

Of course keeping the main KeePassX file in sync with the main Seamonkey profile with the copies is additional work. It's manageable as long as I prefer different stable passwords for different accounts, but my method will not easily work if you like to have a lot of constantly changing passwords.

Btw. I don't use mobile devices for any serious tasks where I've a need for secure passwords.

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Web applications / Re: QT5 simplebrowser
« on: February 12, 2021, 09:05:35 am »
It is not easy to make donation due paypal ...
I usually donate via https://www.bitwiseworks.com/shop. With credit card. Or direct bank transfer which is also a good choice here within the EU. I don't have a PayPal account and I never will have one.

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Web applications / Re: QT5 simplebrowser
« on: February 11, 2021, 04:04:49 pm »
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Recognize please what I am suggesting here: "clean boot" means having NO apps started prior to testing the QT browser, so very little - if any - DLL conflicts short of the LIBC based foundational stuff.
And how often do you think you have to explain people even here at os2world forum that f.i. AOO quick starter or smturbo or cups or .... did load some of the dlls although the users persists on saying 'I didn't start ANY app' after boot?

It's simply unsupportable and unreproducable environments you're asking for. Problem reports of such mixed systems are useless at best. Based on past experience usually a lot of wasted time. YMMV. But it's up to the ones who do the work to decide how to get usable feedback in the most efficient way.

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Web applications / Re: QT5 simplebrowser
« on: February 11, 2021, 11:21:21 am »
...I for one wish this test was packaged/re-packaged as a ZIP file with all the DLLs included. The other approach just seems far too risky (unless you of course can accept the risk and have the stomach AND skillset to back yourself out of whatever predicament you end up in).
It seems you have missed all these discussions about the problems different dlls in different versions in different directories will give. Especially for people who do not fully understand how OS/2 loads (and not unloads) and uses dlls. And the possibilities and restrictions of LIBPATHSTRICT and BEGINLIBPATH.

Believe me, when you want to test experimental software like this it is much easier for you to set up a separate ArcaOS partition with the experimental repos enabled than start playing around with dlls coming from different zip files.


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Based on my habits -
    LarsenCommander
    ClipView
    luckybackup
    QPDFView
    AOO
    DataSeeker
    KeepassX
    SMPlayer
    VBOX

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Applications / Re: VirtualBox 5.0.51 networking
« on: February 08, 2021, 10:29:29 am »
Thank all for trying to help.  It ended up that VBox is not goint io do what I wanr - it won't even pick up a USB port so using a USB Stick is also out.
You also wanted USB for the guest? USB on OS/2 based hosts is very limited. No clue why someone wants to expose these limited USB support to a guest. TTBOMK it does not work in our VBOX OS/2 port anyway. Given the limitation of the host system it does not make much sense to put work into USB support for the guest.

Basic network support is there. Shared folders from the host and they work much faster then in the older port. But don't expect better network support in a guest (NAS connection speed) than at host level.

I use a WinXP guest and work with data shared by the host. So these files (my work) are on my OS/2 host and included in my regular backups. Even when the virtual machine would crash (and it does as it needs so much shared mem). Printing to network attached printer works, connecting my banking software via Internet works, .... But don't expect a guest will ever support hardware better than the host. 

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Programming / Re: human readable config file handling - libs we have
« on: February 07, 2021, 12:17:20 pm »
Using libxml for parsing config files seems popular.  This search returns a bunch of hits, https://duckduckgo.com/?q=libxml+for+parsing+config+files or can simply search for "parsing config files"
I came across libconfig. I can't make it compile until now. Autoconf .... too less basic nix porting know ledge here.

First thought was xml is a bit overkill to my needs. But maybe I should start learning about. Seems all these apps with 'text file config' do all that fget/sprintf/strcmp handling on there own.

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Programming / Re: human readable config file handling - libs we have
« on: February 07, 2021, 12:11:37 pm »
Hi Andi

You may find genini useful see https://hobbes.nmsu.edu/?detail=%2Fpub%2Fos2%2Futil%2Fconvert%2FGenINI_2.0.zip


Regards

Pete
Thanks. That was my first idea. I started a thread about that at weasel group as I know Peter is there. But Peters tools and samples are in Modula2. And while thinking about making a C interface to inidata.dll I thought there must be similar better alternative exist in applications we have already ported from nix. Thinking of samba.conf or http.conf or ....

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Programming / Re: human readable config file handling - libs we have
« on: February 07, 2021, 12:08:00 pm »
Christian's WPSTK lib contains functions to access text ini files.

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start view wtkref /s "text initialization"
As far as I can see it produces and works with .ini file format. Not what you can read and edit with standard text editors. Have I missed something?
It's for text ini files.
I searched the documentation a while and tried the _settings sample as I think this is the right sample. Unfortunately what it produces is a .ini file. Some portions are 'human readable' but not a text file. See attached. Had to rename it to .txt as otherwise I can't upload it here.

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Programming / Re: human readable config file handling - libs we have
« on: February 06, 2021, 06:02:26 pm »
Christian's WPSTK lib contains functions to access text ini files.

Code: [Select]
start view wtkref /s "text initialization"
As far as I can see it produces and works with .ini file format. Not what you can read and edit with standard text editors. Have I missed something?

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Programming / human readable config file handling - libs we have
« on: February 06, 2021, 11:18:20 am »
OS/2 software usually stores application data in os2.ini or some application.ini. But nowadays I prefer human readable config files. We have such for a lot of ported software like smb.conf or http.conf or ...

Someone knows which libraries are used for (simple) config file processing? I want to store some application settings of my own program in a human readable form. For sure I don't need to reinvent all these text parsing stuff again. Which sources should I look for? Thanks.

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Applications / Re: VirtualBox 5.0.51 networking
« on: February 05, 2021, 09:42:56 am »
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Now the search is, how to turn off the VBox DHCP server so that VBox uses the DHCP server in my managed switch like everything else on the network.
You don't need to turn off a DHCP server. If you want a client to use static IPs you've to set up the client that way. In your example you can always go to WinXP network TCP/IP settings and supply a fixed IP to XP. I suggested that for the second network adapter cause I think it does not work with the NAT setting of VBOX as we wanted it.

Ians suggestion is probably the better way to go - setup the host to use both networks (IP ranges 192.168.1.x and 10.0.2.x <-- mind .2 cause that's what VBOX uses per default for adapter 0).

BUT I didn't get it to work this way. Probably of VBOX NAT. Maybe cause of my limited network knowledge. I ended up in using 2 network adapters in WinXP VBOX guest - first one gets address 10.0.2.x, second one gets 10.0.3.x. Now as my privat network runs at (beside others) 10.0.2/24 too WinXP was not able to NAT to the rest of my network at the same network (10.0.2/24). Hence I set up VBOX so that there is no cable attached to WinXP/guest network adapter 0. And added a second network adapter to WinXP. So my WinXP now runs over adapter 1 (10.0.3/24) and VBOX NAT it into the rest of my network (10.0.2/24).

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Thanks Andi and Doug but I am still stuck on the 10.x.x.x subnet as supplied by VBox which means everything on my 192.x.x.x network is not accessible.
I think this is a wrong assumption. Mind my limited network knowledge but to my understanding VBOX NAT these two. Unfortunately you can't test via ping cause ping does not work with our VBOX (and NAT). But I can f.i. surf the net via my router or print to my network printer although I can't ping to these.

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Applications / Re: VirtualBox 5.0.51 networking
« on: February 04, 2021, 04:54:48 pm »
Can't you give your NAS a second (alias) IP address? If not you can try to attach a second network adapter to your guest and give this second one a fixed IP. In contrary to your first which uses one given by VBOX (DHCP).

But I'm not sure if this all works. Our network support is very limited. I think we can only use NAT. Maybe it works better when you attach a drive letter in your host for your NAS and then share this drive to your guest via shared folders.

 

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