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Applications / Re: Updated RPMs - big release chunk...
« on: October 12, 2021, 02:45:09 pm »
Hi Roderick,

Hi Everyone!

I noticed a number of updated RPMs out there. Specifically what surprised me were all the NSPR, NSS and the libc, libx, libicu and libkai ones.

For those of you who may have tried the netlabs-exp test releases a while back, there were numerous problems that were identified. The biggest issue at that time was that these updates pretty much made our FF unusable.

If you say something is unstable, you know the drill... :-) Please include some information, for example popuplog.os2 entries . Then we have a hint.



My comment was related to the initial netlabs-exp testing I did when these came out some months ago. When I said FF was unusable, I mean that...the browser would go down every couple of minutes and following the initial investigation here on our forum, as well as some feedback on the AOS list I had to rollback.

Anyways, it is understood that even the smallest of changes can have a significant impact on some of the biggest applications we run.

So to follow-up on what Doug floated above: how about setting up a BWW TesterList, and perhaps even sub-dividing the RPMs into application category/function domains where each one would be spearheaded by a Lead Tester?

My thinking being: it is probably easier to "divide and conquer" this, than for a single person at BWW to deal with all the issues being reported during such testing, isn't it?

Applications / Updated RPMs - big release chunk...
« on: October 11, 2021, 11:08:36 pm »
Hi Everyone!

I noticed a number of updated RPMs out there. Specifically what surprised me were all the NSPR, NSS and the libc, libx, libicu and libkai ones.

For those of you who may have tried the netlabs-exp test releases a while back, there were numerous problems that were identified. The biggest issue at that time was that these updates pretty much made our FF unusable.

I was one of the folks to test at that time and went through a fairly messy rollback process.

Sooo...while I'm excited to see the updates having gone to netlabs-rel, I am a little leery of installing. Therefore, I'm curious if anyone has already pushed that UPGRADE button yet and what has your experience been like so far?

Utilities / Re: MeShell commandline frontend timetable
« on: October 08, 2021, 10:09:04 pm »
I have installed for testing meshell 0,82 but it block immediately  with window msg:   
German language (Deutsche Sprache?)
and two button:  yes   |   no       
but I was unable to push any of two.
my system is: ARCAOS505 and language in config.sys is: SET LANG=it_IT_EURO

Any chance you are also using X-it?

I am, and had precisely the same problem you reported. Including 'MESHELL.EXE' in X-it's Exception list allows MeShell to run.

Programming / Re: C++ and class definition Q
« on: October 04, 2021, 04:21:50 pm »
Thanks Lars, I understand that explanation.

Yeah, this is part of a header file in the IBMCPP. Similarly to the OS2_DevToolkit, I am going through the IBMCPP install and picking up the appropriate class names to toss into my VSE Modern Theme package.

I wanted to make sure that what I thought was a class, was in fact a class.

Programming / C++ and class definition Q
« on: October 04, 2021, 03:33:46 am »
So this may be somewhat basic to those of you who have spent some time developing in C++, but to me where it's been years that I've written anything in C++ and being only familiar with the basic class declaraion I'm not sure how to interpret this:

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   class _IMPORT fstream : public fstreambase, public iostream {
                           fstream() ;

                           fstream(const char* name,
                                           int mode,
                                           int prot=filebuf::openprot) ;
                           fstream(int fd) ;
                           fstream(int fd, char*  p, int l) ;
                           ~fstream() ;
           filebuf*        rdbuf() { return fstreambase::rdbuf(); }
           void            open(const char* name, int mode,
                                   int prot=filebuf::openprot) ;
   } ;

So is the above declaring fstream as the class? If so, what exactly does the "public fstreambace, public iostream" mean?

I think fstream is the class since I see the multiple class constructor declarations under the "public:..." section.


Programming / Re: VSLICK - OS/2 Toolkit Support Package
« on: September 27, 2021, 11:47:18 pm »
Alright...couple more updates, take a look please.

I'll get the files bundled up and u/l to this thread either later tonight or sometime tomorrow.

Thanks everyone for feedback!

OK, the package is out on Hobbes now, you can find it here =>

Programming / Re: VSLICK - OS/2 Toolkit Support Package
« on: September 26, 2021, 02:57:13 pm »
Hi Neil,

I didn't know where to search, but I found a few in this thread, and this is a post containing a very light scheme. That said, I now realize that I like the default scheme pretty well. So don't go out of your way to get a white theme just for me...

No worries. I took a look at that thread, is this the white theme you are talking about:

If yes, easy, the poster included the USCHEME.INI file, which means I'll just copy/paste into my config.

I haven't actually compared it yet to the default VSLICK theme, but for a long time that's what I was using and I agree, it is a pretty good config.

Programming / Re: VSLICK - OS/2 Toolkit Support Package
« on: September 26, 2021, 02:52:46 am »

I'd like to see a light theme to go with the dark theme...

Do you have anything specific in mind?

When I started to look for the 'dark' theme, I hit the net for an hour or so until I found what felt like a good fit. The result is not entirely black, a bit of grey tossed in there along with some milder colours. Easy on the eyes.

If you can find something and send me the URL, I can try to replicate the colour scheme and roll this out with two schemes.

Programming / Re: VSLICK - OS/2 Toolkit Support Package
« on: September 24, 2021, 03:06:05 pm »
Hi Martin,

As always, awesome questions and suggestions. Let me cover each one below...

...I had quickly read the PDF and looks very good. Possible I can only suggest to put your name, date and possible a license on the rules on how to use your text (Free? Creative Commons?).

Correct, I need to add this, most likely a document control page in that write-up. Right now I was focusing solely on the content. As to the license...hmm, haven't given it a thought, at all. I consider these types of things to be "public domain", meaning: anyone can contribute but the contributions must all be noted accordingly (in the document control section I suppose - my corporate thinking comes across here, as that is normally how each document would be marked up).

...I don't have or use VSLICK, but I after following the links on the PDF text I got a question. Where can the "Modern Editor Theme for OS/2" configuration files can be downloaded? I'm guessing that an INI and VLX files should be provided, or I'm guessing wrong?...

So once I have that single doc completed I will toss the ZIP out there into Hobbes most likley. I didn't want to distribute anything without there being at least a somewhat legible explanation for what the Theme package is intended to accomplish. So it's a little bit of that "what came first, the chicken or the egg?" lol

Heck, maybe we could do a quick "testing back and forth" here first? We are such a small community that it feels like tossing something into Hobbes will go practically unnoticed. Maybe GitHub...I need to look into that though, haven't done anything with that before.


Programming / Re: VSLICK - OS/2 Toolkit Support Package
« on: September 23, 2021, 11:08:42 pm »

Take a look please at the attached "User's Manual" for what I'm calling 'Visual SlickEdit Modern Theme for OS/2' configuration/customization.

I'm looking for feedback regarding what's missing in this document today. Keep in mind that this is NOT about explaining how SlickEdit does something, instead I had intended to introduce some of the control concepts the Theme uses, and then provide some of the background on how that Theme deployment is done.

My next step is to publish to Hobbes the full package so you can grab it and deploy as needed.

Web applications / G-Drive just killed access to our FF45.9...alternatives?
« on: September 18, 2021, 05:02:01 pm »

As the subject says, I'm wondering if anyone has figured out a fake User Agent setting that would still allow our FF 45.9 to bring up a working G-Drive page?

I tried FF77 but that still caused a complaint, meanwhile Chrome 62 produces access, but unfortunately not usable beyond just seeing the contents of the page (navigation is completely off, etc.).

If I can't get our native solution to work I'll transition to FreeRDP use of FF, I just hate to have to setup another "FF User" on my Win box and constantly shuffle between a OS/2 native and remote FF screens.


Setup & Installation / CUPS printing - filter deployment how to?
« on: September 09, 2021, 11:22:20 pm »
So I'm up and running with the CUPS framework deployed here (the latest netlabs-EXP release - 2.2.13-1.oc00).

My Brother HL-5470DW printer already has native OS/2 PSCRIPT driver support, although there are a couple of problems with it that may be caused by either a bug in OS/2 printing system, or could be the result of my PPD file import itself.

Therefore, I figured I would try to deploy CUPS to see if I can address the issues I'm seeing through that approach.

However, what I have learned so far is that the Brother release of their CUPS drivers requires one to deploy a printer filter script. Not a terribly complex script by the looks of it, but I have no idea how the heck to do this filter deployment on our OS/2 platform. Most of the generic on-line info I've found doesn't even corelate to our filesystems structure either.

Further on, if I understood the published on-line information re: deploying CUPS on our platform, it would appear that once a printer is finalized within the CUPS framework I still need to replicate the very same printer object on our OS/2. That of course in my case requires the import of the PPD, which I think will cause the same problems I'm already seeing with the native drivers.

Anyways, that last part is just a guess so far, not sure about this. The first step is to figure out how to deploy the filter script...any ideas/suggestions?


Hi David!

...Any chance you have more than one version of gtls30.dll on your system? I have one in C:\usr\lib dated 4/4/2020 and no trouble running that CUPS version here...

Yup...that certainly would do it.

Silvan at GitHub responded with the same suggestion as well.

I found out that somehow I got a couple of TLS DLLs in the \usr\local\lib location. No doubt I was probably testing something in the past, could have been part of the AOS Testers List activities. Apparently I missed the clean-up aftwards.

So yeah, things are UP and RUNNING...although I'm scratching my head to make sense of what specifically CUPS brings (as far as the benefits of it being there).

I will start another thread on this partially b/c the Brother HL-5470DW printer I'm trying to duplicate (already have the adjusted - through PPD import - OS/2 PSCRIPT drivers in place) in CUPS uses a CUPS filter definition and so far I haven't been able to make sense of how to actually deploy that filter. Without it there CUPS really isn't talking fully conversing with my Brother printer.

Thanks everyone, appreciate the quick suggestions!

Hi Dave,

No applicable updates to either one of the libraries you listed, however I re-booted and that took things a step further, however I am still seeing an error:

09-08-2021 20:48:27 SYS2070 PID 0058 TID 0001 Slot 0094

Currently I have gnutls 3.6.12-1 (pentium4) verison installed here.

I logged a bug report

Thanks for the feedback!

15 the title says, this is a brand new install (1:2.2.13-1.oc00) from netlabs-exp repo.

I let ANPM drive this, all RPMs installed successfully, however attempting to start cupsd.exe produces the following in my popuplog.os2 file:

09-08-2021  17:30:00  SYS2070  PID 03fb  TID 0001  Slot 0136

I haven't re-booted, didn't think I needed to actually.

So here is the thing, I thought the RPM based CUPS would actually provide a working CUPS framework, maybe what I'm seeing is netlabs-EXP repo related, not sure as I haven't searched up on the specifics of the error I'm seeing yet.

Either way, it seems like I stil need to rely on a few other pieces to get things up and running...various other pages show that I need specific printer drivers installed, I reading that right?


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