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Applications / Re: Future of Linux ports
« on: October 03, 2022, 08:37:16 am »
Open Watcom Debugger supports dwarf,
Yes. But most probably not the current version of dwarf I fear.

Beside that if you've ever used a more modern debuger (idebug, ICAT, every other debugger out in the world from this century!) you'd never want to switch back to the ancient user interface experience of wdebug.

Programming / Re: RUX function failure - but on multiple tries only...
« on: September 29, 2022, 08:55:19 am »
I load it and then un-load it when my script has completed running.
I'm not a REXX expert in any way. And what I've to say probably will have anything to do with your problem. But, once I read you should never unload a rexx dll. AFAIR this is because there might be other rexx scripts running which still needs the dll loaded. Maybe my memory is wrong on this, but....

Applications / Re: VisualAge for C Modern Installer
« on: September 24, 2022, 03:17:38 pm »
Both VAC and C Set/2 can be installed by unpacking ...
I think the problems start with VAC4.0 and it's help system which needs a server and a lot of settings in config.sys. Think the included 3.65 version needs the 'new' help system too.

Storage / Re: JFS - cache MIN and MAX buffer parameters
« on: September 23, 2022, 07:18:52 pm »
There was an excellent presentation about JFS at one of the Warpstock Europe events. I think it was this -

Setup & Installation / Re: Desktop Question
« on: September 17, 2022, 12:16:15 pm »
And for a shadow you have an additional entry in the 'right click' popup menu named Original - Locate which I find very handy.

Storage / Re: Directory Sizes
« on: September 08, 2022, 08:52:21 am »
If you mean the size of all files contained in one folder/directory - right click - Treesize if you have XWP installed. dir /s <name> on den command line f.i.. CTRL-Q in LarsenCommander or the appropriate menu entry or .....

Multimedia / Re: XHCI and USB Audio perspectives
« on: August 27, 2022, 08:16:02 pm »
There are very few digital signal output cards for a computer
All my systems have SPDIF. I think this is usual for desktop PCs.

Applications / Re: Terminal App Recommendation
« on: August 19, 2022, 11:17:07 am »
OS/2 usually comes with Halite. Maybe you have to select it during ArcaOS installation. It  reminds me a bit to Hyperterminal on Win. It's simple and looks a bit weird this days but it works if you set up a serial connection profile.

Zoc is 'the' ultimate terminal application for OS/2 - ArcaOS with all sort of functions and possibilities which may be confusing at first. But it's worth to play with it.

Qputty also works here.   

With ZOC I can see the serial output from the switch but can't type anything.
So your cable and baud rate is okay. I suggest you deselect all the handshake options in the Zoc dialog to test. Maybe that helps. If not, I once had a problem with a USB to serial converter which only worked in one direction. I trashed it away and another one works as expected.

Applications / Re: USBTree
« on: August 16, 2022, 06:07:17 pm »
There exists a usbtree test version but it probably will not show the information you are looking for.

You can try 'mode com1:' 'mode com2:' and so on from command line. There is also a usbcom parameter (config.sys) to start numbering from f.e. com5.

Hardware / Re: Displayport?
« on: August 05, 2022, 11:12:58 am »
Just wondering about others experience with Displayport and OS/2. Perhaps a monitor that supports Displayport would be better, it seems
I'm using DP out to DP in on the monitor since a while on this system. But I disabled all screen saving software long ago cause it didn't work. When I've the need for power saving (and don't wanted to switch off the whole system) I switch of the monitor with its remote control. Switching on afterwards works with OS/2. But not with Win7. As this simple test does not even work with Win I never tried to test anymore off this stuff.

Screen saver, actually switching monitor power on/off, never worked on this system. It worked on my old system when I patched to write the proper registers of my old ATI300 graphic card. But never on this newer system. Either with integrated (Intel) graphic nor with the PCIe Radeon 550.

that Displayport falls back to a DVI compatible protocol when used with a passive converter.
This is a feature of your motherboard/graphic chip. The signals are different between DP and DVI. Your mobo detects the DVI adapter and tells the graphic chip and the output transmitter to switch signals to DVI standard. That's a feature of some mobos/graphic cards but not mandatory. Your DP output at your mobo emulates DVI signals when you put a passive adapter on that. But it does not make a real fully compatible DVI interface out of it.

forcing a reboot to awaken it.
Maybe it's enough to disconnect the passive adapter and reconnect it again. But as it's an emulated DVI it will work different on different mobo/graphic cards. I think you would need reports from people with exactly the same motherboard.

General Discussion / Re: I have a problem
« on: July 19, 2022, 09:37:14 am »
The error shown is a moving box saying 'incorrect video resolution',
To make it clear this is a message box coming from the monitor which does not like to show the video signal that is offered to it.
One thing I forgot to mention is that all the monitors are HDMI a
This is an important information in this context. Unfortunately I don't know which resolutions are mandatory with HDMI (guess 720p is one of them, and some other television standards, could be that there is not a single computer resolution mandatory with HDMI cause HDMI was invented for consumer/television market, not computers. So it's up to your specific monitor which resolution it likes or not).

F.i. with DVI 640x480 at 60Hz is mandatory. There seems to be other resolutions are supported by most monitors even when connected via HDMI as modern BIOSes often uses higher resolutions. Guess AirBoot uses 800x600 (it's a guess) which is very well supported by computers (DVI, DisplayPort) but maybe not well supported by monitors connected by HDMI. But could also be that modern BIOSes checks the resolutions the connected monitor offers (via DDC and EDID info) and uses one of the supported ones. This is probably not possible with AirBoot given the limited code space I fear.

Things to check -
- what resolutions does your monitor support via the connector you choose (HDMI in your case)
- what resolution uses current AirBoot
- what resolutions are supported by the majority of monitors out there even when connected via HDMI
Based on that you can kindly ask the AirBoot author to check if he can use better resolution.

Another option would be using a more proper connection method (DP or DVI) and see if that helps.

Btw. the topic you choose is not very specific.

Events / Re: User Meeting Cologne November, 5th 2022 confirmed
« on: July 13, 2022, 07:44:20 am »
So at least I wondered and asked myself why should I use ArcaOS.
Maybe that's a good topic we can talk about in Cologne. Your reply reminds me that we all (including me, I too use mainly an upgraded old installation) sometimes forget what new things we (at least I do) use every day although it still looks like the old Warp 4.52.

Applications / Re: New builds of Thunderbird and SeaMonkey
« on: July 10, 2022, 06:16:07 pm »
Could also be a problem within libcn but without that debug data...
Should I install something? Or is it useless to think more about it cause javascript...? I mean no big problem here. SM is usable. If the version I installed is the most stable version we have, I'm fine. Thanks.

Applications / Re: New builds of Thunderbird and SeaMonkey
« on: July 10, 2022, 12:19:45 pm »
Might be worth trying the GCC10 build from
Problem is reproducibility. SM or TB crashes here about once a day. Most of the time while running OpenOffice and/or VBOX and much more in parallel. It was a one time event I saw today when SM crashes within minutes after boot.

Now and then Seamonkey or TB traps here. But usually I don't thinking about posting or try to analyze the trap report as there are to many processes running at the same time so I see not much help in doing so. But today I see SM vanishing just after a clean boot and at a state where I didn't start any other resource demanding application. I only started SM with the email client and opened some not very demanding web sites (, Beside that I opened MED. Shared mem always was above 160kB - more than safe. So maybe this trap report is of some help. If not, please ignore.

I think I run Daves latest stable SM.
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (OS/2; Warp 4.5; rv:45.0) Gecko/20100101 SeaMonkey/2.42.9esr
Build-Identifikator: 20220111074847

Build platform
Build tools
Compiler Version Compiler flags
gcc.exe 9.2.0 -Wall -Wempty-body -Wpointer-to-int-cast -Wsign-compare -Wtype-limits -Wno-unused -Wcast-align -Zomf -std=gnu99 -fgnu89-inline -fno-strict-aliasing -Zomf -fno-math-errno -pthread
c++ 9.2.0 -idirafter K:/usr/include/os2tk45 -Wall -Wempty-body -Woverloaded-virtual -Wsign-compare -Wwrite-strings -Wno-invalid-offsetof -Wcast-align -Zomf -fno-exceptions -fno-strict-aliasing -Zomf -fno-rtti -fno-exceptions -fno-math-errno -std=gnu++0x -pthread -DNDEBUG -DTRIMMED -g -march=pentium4 -mtune=generic -O2 -flifetime-dse=1 -fno-delete-null-pointer-checks -Wclass-memaccess -msse2 -fomit-frame-pointer
Configure arguments

--with-l10n-base=k:/work/de --enable-application=suite --with-system-zlib --with-system-bz2 --disable-tests '--enable-optimize=-march=pentium4 -mtune=generic -O2 -flifetime-dse=1 -fno-delete-null-pointer-checks -Wclass-memaccess -msse2' --disable-mochitest --disable-installer --disable-updater --disable-debug --enable-debug-symbols --enable-system-cairo --enable-system-pixman --enable-os2-high-mem --disable-crashreporter --enable-calendar --with-intl-api --with-system-icu --with-system-nss --with-system-nspr --with-system-libvpx --disable-system-sqlite --enable-release --prefix=/usr --disable-telemetry --disable-devtools --disable-crashreporter --disable-gamepad --disable-updater --disable-webrtc --with-external-source-dir=Y:/work/cc45-git

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