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Setup & Installation / Re: UEFI & SecureBoot?
« on: July 28, 2013, 04:12:58 am »
Not for eCS 2.2, but I believe there are some longer-term plans in the works.

Unfortunately it's not simple or easy to implement.

Utilities / Re: 7z archiver
« on: July 28, 2013, 04:11:35 am »
Yeah, IMO 7z is only suitable for exchanging archives other platforms. 

ZIP 3.x is probably a better alternative for OS/2.

Applications / Re: Apache OpenOffice 4.0
« on: July 23, 2013, 03:41:23 am »
I see a similar SYS3170 exception in DOSCALL1.DLL on closing OO 4.  My system is dual-core.

I also got the following on highlighting a paragraph of text and hitting the Del key:

07-19-2013  17:58:04  SYS3175  PID 0048  TID 0001  Slot 0097
P1=00000001  P2=00000008  P3=XXXXXXXX  P4=XXXXXXXX 
EAX=00000000  EBX=1668af84  ECX=21051000  EDX=00000000
ESI=1668662c  EDI=00000000 
DS=0053  DSACC=d0f3  DSLIM=5fffffff 
ES=0053  ESACC=d0f3  ESLIM=5fffffff 
FS=150b  FSACC=00f3  FSLIM=00000030
GS=0000  GSACC=****  GSLIM=********
CS:EIP=005b:13ad0899  CSACC=d0df  CSLIM=5fffffff
SS:ESP=0053:0012fc70  SSACC=d0f3  SSLIM=5fffffff
EBP=0012fc88  FLG=00010213

SWOO.DLL 0001:000835be

Otherwise, I have to say this dev build is a lot more stable (if slower to load) than the v3.4 ones were.  I was quite pleased with how much more so, at least up until I got this crash. :P

Networking / Re: Various Warp Connect v3 networking problems
« on: July 16, 2013, 05:07:20 pm »
Actually, I only ever used a GUI tool that I believe only works on Warp 4, or the "floppy toaster" method you mention. Wasn't aware that CSF could do it from hard disk. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated! Will definitely apply the fixes you recommended, once I know how to go about doing so.

See the section "How to Install a FixPak"on this page (about halfway down):

There's another way to do it as well (which doesn't require the RSU version of CSF) which I didn't describe, but basically consists of setting the environment variable SET CSFCDROMDIR=<path> (where <path> is wherever the FixPak files were extracted to) before running SERVICE.

Programming / Re: Rexx?
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:49:20 pm »
So there is a way, no,  I don't mind some extra work, definitely it is faster than rewriting every time exercises  ::) !

Every time you Run a VX-REXX project (even in the demo) it compiles it to EXE and writes both the EXE and the source code to a temporary directory (called "__tmp?" where ? is a number) under %TMP%.  The three source files you need to save are project.VRP, project.VRM (rename to project.VRX when saving), and project.VRW (rename to project.VRY).   

Programming / Re: Rexx?
« on: June 29, 2013, 02:46:57 am »
Any VX-REXX application project can only be compiled with VX-REXX (although it's possible to do this using only the demo if you don't mind some extra work).

However, separate REXX function libraries and some kinds of macros that are written with VX-REXX may be able to be compiled (with e.g. REXX2EXE) if they are 'plain' REXX and don't rely on the VX-REXX client-server object framework.

It's quite possible to use VX-REXX functions (but not objects, methods or events) in a 'standard' REXX script.

Programming / Re: Install TTF Fonts with Rexx
« on: June 10, 2013, 11:15:56 pm »
There are functions to retrieve the boot drive, but also environment variables to use for backup if the function is not available.
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ttfs = SysBootDrive()||'\PSFONTS\TTF'Please note that the function is only available with newer rexxutil from Object REXX. So plain vanilla Warp 4 doesn't have it I guess by default, but eCS does.

The so-called "Object REXX" functions were added to the standard REXXUTIL in Warp 4 with FixPak 6 (and to Warp 3 in FixPak 35). 

I looked at your instfont exe Alex and the source code before I wrote the script. It would be very interesting as part of a rexx library, perhaps your RxULS!

Better in RXUTILEX (and it's on my TODO list, in fact).

Programming / Re: Install TTF Fonts with Rexx
« on: June 07, 2013, 05:21:13 pm »
Use InstFont and you won't have to reboot (unless you're updating a previously-installed font, perhaps).

Applications / Re: hwman installation
« on: May 24, 2013, 01:38:43 am »
¿Anybody knows on which part of XWorkplace can be added the description for this classes?

The descriptions are in <Xworkplace-path>\help\xfcls001.txt (or substitute appropriate language code).  Anyone with write access to XWP CVS should be able to make the same change (for everyone) to the file in <cvs-root>\001\misc.

Incidentally, the XWP class list is actually compiled into eWorkplace, it's just not registered or created in a normal install.  With a little REXX knowledge it's possible to register the class and create the object under eCS.  (Although in this case the file xfcls001.txt isn't included at all, so if you want descriptions you'd need to copy it from elsewhere.)

Applications / Re: libusb-1.0 port to OS/2 - help needed
« on: April 26, 2013, 03:13:56 pm »
Tried lsusb here on my TP500.  It detects exactly the same devices as USBDock: fingerprint reader, webcam, mouse, bluetooth, and keypad.  I assume you don't want the debug output if it worked properly. :)

I'll try sane on my other PC later today.

Try setting DefaultFont to "8.Helv".  IIRC this is the default on DBCS versions of OS/2 and so most of the system dialogs should scale fairly well with it.

IIRC the IBM help viewer uses hard-coded fonts in some places, in which case there's nothing you can do about that except maybe use NewView instead (which I would generally recommend anyway, due to clipboard support, etc.).

BTW, if you see clipped dialog text with DefaultFont, it's a bug in that application, not a bug in OS/2.  All dialogs are supposed to be designed to fit the default dialog font (normally System Proportional), whether or not they actually use a different font for display.  This is not unfortunately very well documented for programmers.  However, the fact that the DefaultFont setting causes system-wide rescaling of dialogs is not only the correct behaviour, it is important that it work like this as some environments (including all DBCS versions of OS/2) depend on it.

If you don't have such an environment, then the patch that Andreas mentioned may well work for your purposes... but you do need to understand that this patch works by deliberately breaking part of the correct Presentation Manager behaviour.  It's a trade-off, and you should understand the ramifications.

Multimedia / Re: Guess - what.....
« on: April 13, 2013, 02:00:14 am »
Sexy.  Isn't that one of my old logo graphics?   :D

Article Discussions / Re: eComStation 2.2 Beta First Impressions
« on: April 01, 2013, 03:44:27 pm »
Please note: we have discovered that GenMAC is failing to install properly, which explains most if not all of the networking problems people have experienced after installation. 

This is one of those weird breakages that slipped through into the beta due to a flukish circumstance that managed to circumvent all our testing.  This also explained why I was for so long unable to reproduce the problem: internal builds do not have it.  It's the build process for the final uploaded ISO release itself that caused the failure in GenMAC. 

At any rate, it is likely that anyone who has non-functional networking following the install has been hit by this problem.  The solution is to reinstall \CID\SERVER\ECSPKG\GENMAC2.WPI from the installation DVD.  (It may be necessary to then reconfigure the NIC(s) using NAPS or MPTS.)

I would like to reiterate: these problems are not caused by the new configuration GUI.  However, they have exposed some limitations in the new GUI w.r.t parsing a malformed or corrupted configuration. An updated version which addresses this will be provided in the next release.

Article Discussions / Re: eComStation 2.2 Beta First Impressions
« on: March 31, 2013, 05:43:51 pm »
In other words, just change the 'DEFAULTVIEW=' setup string of each drive object.  All directories on the drive should pick up the change.

I can find nothing that says DEFAULTVIEW=, in each drive object. Care to be a little more specific? Where do I look?

If you mean the Default action, in the Open As menu, yes, I can set that to Tree View, but then every directory also tries to open in Tree View, when they used to open in Icon View (which is usually what I want). I can change each directory to open in Icon view, but it could take days to change all of them.

It's stored in the object setup string.  I don't think there's actually a GUI option to set it, although you can use a Setup String object (from the Templates folder) to try setting "DEFAULTVIEW=DEFAULT;".

OTOH, I just tried this and the results were... inconsistent, to say the least.

However, I've just suggested another possible solution in your ticket #3403.


This is a known issue at the present time.

Okay. If that is the case, I would suggest that Split View should not be the default setting.

Not my decision...

Article Discussions / Re: eComStation 2.2 Beta First Impressions
« on: March 29, 2013, 04:20:30 pm »
So, I now have a better install. Now, I am trying to figure out how to get the Drives folder to open drives in the Tree view (actually, I know how to do that), then how to get the Tree view to open directories in the Icon view, as it did before (I know how to do that too).

As noted, I know how to do both, the question is how do I do it globally, without having to change the properties of every drive, and directory, that I have?

The only thing 2.2 does with the split view is to set 'DEFAULTVIEW=SPLIT' on each drive object.  Undoing that should be sufficient.

In other words, just change the 'DEFAULTVIEW=' setup string of each drive object.  All directories on the drive should pick up the change.

I don't mind the new way of displaying data, BUT, if I go to a directory, and select a file that I want to COPY to another directory, I can't do it without opening an icon view in at least one of them. That seems to be an extra step that I shouldn't need to do. I also tried Pickup, and Drop/copy. The WPS hung, and wouldn't restart from CADH (it said that it did restart). I had to reboot.

Anybody else seeing this? Anybody know of a better way to do a copy, or move, using the Split View? Did I miss a setting somewhere?

This is a known issue at the present time.

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