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Applications / Re: ArcaOS 5.1 - First Impressions
« on: January 05, 2024, 11:35:52 pm »
DeepL is giving better translations than Google translate in my opinion.

In most cases, I agree

Multimedia / MMIO high storage utilization !
« on: January 05, 2024, 03:48:28 pm »

I just saw something strange.
Playing an audio file directly under WPS uses nearly 30Mb of private low storage.
Playing the same audio file using PM123, no reduced free storage

In my case, the audio file is a FLAC file with include albumart + EA's album art icon

To get back the storage, I do WPS restart.

Did any see this symptom ?

Programming / Re: Bigicons
« on: January 04, 2024, 10:59:59 am »
Don't download anymore of the themes.  There will be one more update for all.  Found a few more things I missed.  I also found answers to some major problems that have alluded me.  In the next releases, all the old OS/2 icons should be replaced.  If there are some that don't update, reset the program object for those.  It should no longer be a mix of old and new icons.  I am slowly going through all the themes.   It may be a few days before I upload.  Guys, I am thrilled.  These few remaining problems have eluded me for months.  I think you will like all the major corrections.

I want a little input.  I am thinking about changing the network drive icon.  I uploaded a  pic of the another that can be used.  Which icon do you prefer. the old or the new?

I can add some of the samba icons to the packages if you want.  If so, I need the *.exe for the restart samba, start samba, and stop samba to assign icons to.

Hi David,

I would say that 80a is very nice for local network drives while 80 for remote network drives (e.g. in cloud)

Applications / Re: Test build of dooble with qt5
« on: December 26, 2023, 04:20:04 am »
works very good here
stable and very fast compared to the previous build (faster than firefox)

Applications / Re: Audio Recording/Editor?
« on: December 19, 2023, 12:04:34 pm »
Looking for an application that can record audio and possibly edit it similar to Audacity for OS/2 or ArcaOS. Not finding much.

You can use your webcam microphone to record an audio stream or look for other tools on author page.
AVxCAT with webcam10 is able to record your webcam (or stream on the network (limited function)).
Then, you can use it to cut/extract parts of the recorded file or if video file (any audio file can to xfert into video), you can create a diaporama like ouput but using selected time range from videos

you can output a pic of the waveform
ffmpeg -i input -filter_complex "showwavespic=s=640x240:split_channels=1" -frames:v 1 output.png
Why not set the pic length to the audio length size in seconds or 10th of seconds !
e.g. audio length 10 minutes -> 600 (1 pix = 1 s) or 6000 (1 pix = 0.1s)   

But, you can send ffmpeg output into gnuplot which may provide a better and more like audacity view.

more information here: 

Audacity has a lot of functions and plugins you will not find under OS/2 or ArcaOS

Web applications / Re: Dooble releases, Qt5 builds
« on: December 09, 2023, 07:22:21 pm »
Ok, I build the dictionaries and set one dictionary to use.
I tried again to loging to os2world, first form (userid) was ok but as soon I click in the psw field, the page failes ! (replaced by a full grey page and have to reload it to get back)

Try, with Dooble closed, renaming %HOME%\.dooble and retry. Logging into OS2World works fine for me, just doesn't stay logged in after closing the browser, a cookie problem I assume.

Action resolved the problem

Web applications / Re: Dooble releases, Qt5 builds
« on: December 03, 2023, 08:03:33 pm »
Ok, I build the dictionaries and set one dictionary to use.
I tried again to loging to os2world, first form (userid) was ok but as soon I click in the psw field, the page failes ! (replaced by a full grey page and have to reload it to get back)

Web applications / Re: Dooble releases, Qt5 builds
« on: December 01, 2023, 03:53:16 pm »
Hi Remy, thanks for the report. Guess I need to test on a virgin system. For now, move the dictionaries to @unixroot\usr\bin\webengine_dictionaries.

This path is taken and found.
Now, dictionaries have to be in .bdic binary format while those insalled using ANPM only have .dic and .aff  (.bdic missing)
I found the .bdic at :

enabling the use of the added dic, as soon as I try to update a form field, it fails.
e.g. adding my userid into the userid loging field for os2world forum.

Note: other bug, the suppr key doesn't work in a form field...

Web applications / Re: Dooble releases, Qt5 builds
« on: November 30, 2023, 11:06:30 am »

How to correct this error I have since several dooble drop (it worked with older one)
As well, translates files aren't found too ! 
dooble needs a lot of time to establish a session and load first page at startup ! (more than 10s after dooble is up)


Update:  about translates, I found that the location under RPM is share/dooble/translates while dooble is looking under usr/bin/translates (added this dir resolved the translate error message but dict isn't resolved yet.

Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS Sluggishness
« on: October 20, 2023, 09:51:21 am »
I can try that util Rich if you want to share it.

I sent you a PM with a link to it.

I'm zero'ing out the drive each time on my macOS machine: diskutil secureerase 0 /dev/diskx and it takes a few hours so I'm confident it's wiping the entire drive.

This sounds like a remarkably bad idea! You are wearing out your SSDs needlessly. Only the first and last 100 sectors (at most) need wiping. In any case, if you end up with a bad GPT layout (or you want to revert to MBR) there's a way to repartition it without doing a wipe. It involves making a few temporary changes to config.sys, so I'll save that until it's needed.

In the past, I used testdisk after losing a GPT disk which was altered by ArcaOS adding MBR on it during installation.
With tesdisk, I could put GPT back very quickly (may be - not tried out of windows disk and only a supposition - it could help for mbr/gpt change but other function may not be usable due jfs nor hpfs aren't told been supported)

I suggest you to use zip instead of diskcopy (I use zip now " from the root partition to save: zip -r -S -9 -y n:\ * (n=destination drive letter) " since arca noae support team suggested me to use zip. It could be very long but it has several  advantages. 1/ you have a backup - 2/unzip into the new partition and if needed run instalx to have it bootable

If these information could help ! 

Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS Sluggishness
« on: October 14, 2023, 11:26:14 am »
Hey all,

My ArcaOS 5.1 machine has started to get sluggish. Not sure what I can check. For example, opening Drives takes 10 seconds to show the drives, Firefox takes 30 seconds to open.. etc.

Machine is a Dell Precision T3610:

4 Core XEON E5-1603 @ 2.80 Ghz
500GB 7200 RPM Mechanical Drive in AHCI mode

I turned off all Virtualization in BIOS.

I don't know what to look for, or where to start. Any help is appreciated.

I have similar long time but it only occurs when I have Big NTFS or not known OS/2 ormaUSB key plugged. (not recognized disk format unde ArcaOS has not have the same result and can be ignored at boot time) 
Once I remove the USB key, system goes faster. as well, after openeing dirves one time, next time are faster but not as fast as without the USB key (or USB disk)

Q: Do you have efat, ntfs or unrecognized USB key ledt plugged in at boot time ? 

Setup & Installation / Re: Determine ArcaOs Version installed
« on: October 05, 2023, 06:10:31 pm »
I could only find the version using the install.flg method for ArcaOS. It would be great if a SYSLEVEL file was included. Try the attached. It was something I used to use with ECS and just extended it for ArcaOS. I think this is accessible here if you want to see how I did it:

If the link works, nver.exe is the executable. It checks for OSDIR, if not present check for ECS, if OSDIR then probably ARCA so check for install.flg and parse the first line.



Thanks, nver is exactly what I was looking for. It just baffles me that something like this is not part of the base ArcaOs system.

since V2.0.1, AVxCAT shows your OS version  (same location as written into previous posts   

General Discussion / Re: when will version 5.1 of ArcaOS be released
« on: August 28, 2023, 10:26:17 am »
Since the annoncement, the site is unresponding (tried many many many... times !)
Or could the new "autoritary" Digital Service Act (DSA) impact  responstime ?

Applications / Re: AVxCAT (v2 into test)
« on: August 28, 2023, 02:05:27 am »
A fix was issued on AVxCAT (fp1) - crash with vebcam

A zip preview AVxCAT V2.1.0 is available for test (must be installed above AVxCAT V2.0.1.x)
(please use write to author link from AVxCAT since I had to disable email link from my website due to bad contacts)  [ in test mode, available at request ] - new fix 11 (30082023)
         - New option to use Icon buttons for predefined profiles instead of dropdown list
         - Selected iconbutton profile is saved at AVxCAT file/exit
         - Possibility to customize iconbutton profile (use of external cfg file)
         - Added [X] "delete" option for user created profiles under [New profile] button
         - Added "Create folder(s)" & "delete folder" under internal filemanager called by [Chg] button for target folder
         - Added "M4A" alac
         - Added "MOV"
         - Added MD5 package used to autocheck downloaded updates (through AVxCAT menu)
         - New ffmpegca.dll
         - Optimized parameters when involving leech (USB CD-ROM, grabbing private CDs)
         - corrected: a wrong video profile
         - corrected: some video option may use incorrect video extension
         - corrected: hung could occure when cdd2wav reads a track having lot of jitter (changed a fixed parameter)
         - Somme minor corrections
         - changed a few webcam -> UDP initial settings
         - fix of webcam bug included

note: same location as wpi download but named ""

info: window during webcam add (into main process list).
         To change some fields setting, click on updt (have webcam on), modify itsoffset to syncronize audio/video if needed
         ffplay checkbox is used with ffplay (ctrl) size used to display the stream video (only) to control recording or streaming.
         screenshots from v2.1.0

         Last screenshot is about downloaded update MD5 checksum error (I forced an error to get the message issued else no message)


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