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Storage / Re: JFS failing in a disastrous way - without the user knowing
« on: December 02, 2022, 04:53:42 pm »

I had added the suggestion on the Arca Noae Ticketing System.

If it is not clear enough, I will appreciate if someone (with access) can add more information to the ticket.


Storage / Re: JFS failing in a disastrous way - without the user knowing
« on: December 02, 2022, 02:19:34 pm »
If that attach fails you know that UNICODE.SYS is not loaded, display a warning message and even force the user to hit Return to continue boot process.


I agree that it should be very useful for JFS.IFS to display a warning message if UNICODE.SYS is not loaded. For what I know UNICODE is very important for JFS. But I'm not complete sure about if had to pause the boot process forcing the user to hit "return".

But I think I can open the ticket and let the implementation decisions to Arca Noae, since it is their product.

By the way, as far as it was discussed AN JFS.IFS is closed source and they treat the IBM source code base of it as the IBM DDK license.


Applications / Re: Dialog Enhancer '99
« on: December 01, 2022, 02:16:12 pm »
Thanks for the clarification Alex.

I installed DE (Pack File 7.00b (OS/2)) on a ArcaOS 5.0.7 VM (Just for testing). It installed, but it didn't show anything good. It changed the icons, that is the only thing I can see. I didn't find anything interesting (remember it was my first time using Dialog Enhancer '99). Uninstall worked perfectly so I had reverted back without issues.

So, I guess I will move on since I didn't find the useful thing on this software. But if someone is still using it, feedback is also welcome.

Thanks for the help and feedback.


Storage / Re: JFS failing in a disastrous way - without the user knowing
« on: December 01, 2022, 02:10:33 pm »
Thanks for the feedback.

The second thing.
Will it makes sense to request Arca Noae to put a "Boot Warning Text" for JFS.IFS if it does not find UNICODE.SYS loaded ? Does it makes sense? Can it be possible in boot time to detect this for JFS.IFS?


Storage / Re: JFS failing in a disastrous way - without the user knowing
« on: December 01, 2022, 12:27:50 am »
Hi Dave

Checking the WarpIn wpi_prg.inf file.
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This makes sure that the statement part of the CONFIGSYS attribute occurs only once, i.e. will be unique in CONFIG.SYS, by searching for a similar line and replacing that line with the new line. If no such similar line is found, the new line is appended to the bottom of CONFIG.SYS (that position can be changed with ADDTOP, ADDBEFORE, ADDAFTER ).

All searching is case-insensitive.

This assumes that statement contains a "=" character, as all CONFIG.SYS statements do. The exact behavior of UNIQUE depends on the syntax:

If UNIQUE is specified all alone (without the brackets and statement2), CONFIG.SYS is searched for a line containing the part before the "=" char of statement.

This is only useful for single CONFIG.SYS statements such as SET xxx= whose left part (before "=") will occur only once in CONFIG.SYS.

Example: CONFIGSYS="PROTECTONLY=YES | UNIQUE" would replace any "PROTECTONLY=" statement with the new line. If no such line exists, a new line is added to the bottom (that position can be changed with ADDTOP, ADDBEFORE, ADDAFTER).

If UNIQUE is specified with the (statement2) part, CONFIG.SYS is searched for a line which contains the part before the "=" character of statement and statement2 after the "=" character as a substring.



would search for a line containing both BASEDEV= and IBM1S506.ADD and replace that line with BASEDEV=DANIS506.ADD.

This syntax is required for adding device drivers, because there will surely be more than one BASEDEV statement in CONFIG.SYS.

This also works with the DEVICE= statements which can have a full path specification, as follows:

CONFIGSYS="DEVICE=$(1)\bin\crashsys.drv | UNIQUE(stable.drv)"

This would replace a line containing both DEVICE= and stable.drv with DEVICE=[path_of_package_1]\bin\crashsys.drv, using macro resolution.

Do you mean that it should be used on the WarpIn script like...
  "CONFIGSYS="DEVICE=?:\OS2\rdmsr.sys | UNIQUE(rdmsr.sys)"
to avoid getting the Unicode.sys replaced?


Storage / Re: JFS failing in a disastrous way - without the user knowing
« on: November 30, 2022, 09:05:49 pm »

I just find out (thanks to this thread) that Digi updated the CPUTemp plugin to version 1.1.2 on the "System Load" package.
I think he uses a different script to try to avoid this bug:
 EXECUTE="CONFIGSYS | $(102)\drvins.cmd | -d ?:\ -f $(102)\rdmsr.sys -i 1"
 DEEXECUTE="$(102)\drvins.cmd | -d ?:\ -f $(102)\rdmsr.sys -i 0"

Anyways, I think I will be removing "" from hobbes, because System Load has a newer version.


Storage / Re: JFS failing in a disastrous way - without the user knowing
« on: November 30, 2022, 08:31:31 pm »

I quickly installed "" with Warpin 1.0.24 (ArcaOS 5.0.6) and I confirm it removed UNICODE.SYS from my config.sys.

Reverted everything, upgraded to WarpIn 1.0.26 and I got the same thing. UNICODE.SYS gets removed.

I also don't see anything strange on the CPUTEMP WarpIn script, just the "CONFIGSYS="DEVICE=?:\OS2\rdmsr.sys | UNIQUE" which should not remove UNICODE.SYS.

Should it be reported as WarpIn bug?


Storage / Re: JFS failing in a disastrous way - without the user knowing
« on: November 30, 2022, 08:25:02 pm »
I ran into the same issue, excepting with a English install, there were just some MP3's with umlauts. In my case everything was fine, including the umlaut files being fine, until I booted to a different install, where those file names became garbage (actually I forget if it was umlauts or other special characters). Took a while to figure out it was a missing unicode.sys and once I did figure it out, I renamed the problem files without unicode.sys installed.
This is a known problem that was reported to Digi long ago and he fixed the problematic CONFIGSYS="DEVICE=?:\OS2\rdmsr.sys | UNIQUE" line, which upon not finding rdmr.sys, replaced the first line containing .sys, usually unicode.sys. There's an issue, but it is private. Remy filed it. Unluckily it was quite a while before it was uploaded to Hobbes.


Dave. I didn't get right if the bug on WarpIn was fixed or not?
Lars, was this an specific version of WarpIn, or was it with the latest one (1.0.26)?


Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Hobbes (Files) Reoganization
« on: November 28, 2022, 05:27:48 pm »
Thanks for the continuos feedback.

Also, I found some rexx scripts for "text filtering" and/or "string search" that I'm not sure where to put.

Everything is on "/pub/os2/dev/rexx" but I think it can be improved. Maybe no "dev/tools/???"

Any suggestion on how the "????" directory should be named?


Utilities / Re: dmidecode and UEFI
« on: November 28, 2022, 04:50:43 pm »
Thanks Andy

Is it ok if I upload the attached file to hobbes? I added the man files and a basic readme.


Programming / Re: Qt6
« on: November 27, 2022, 02:03:57 pm »
Whilst I'll continue to work on this as time permits, any sponsorship is greatly appreciated - via PayPal using the link at, or via the Arca Noea webstore at

If nothing else - if you're interested in seeing this work continue, please comment here to let me know that I'm not wasting my time on this!

Thank you very much Paul for your efforts with porting Qt 6. This is very interesting because it opens the door of the potencial software that can be ported.



Applications / Re: Running old OS/2 Software - Issues
« on: November 27, 2022, 01:59:06 pm »

I don't know what this program does:

It runs and it does not shows anything here, and it has no documentation of what is doing or how to use it.


Applications / Re: Dialog Enhancer '99
« on: November 26, 2022, 06:37:47 pm »
Ohh, silly me. Now I get it. You need to combine both files, and the installer will work.

Now I want to see how it works, I don't see any dialog change according to the screenshots.


Applications / Dialog Enhancer '99
« on: November 26, 2022, 06:35:45 pm »

Just for the fun of it I want to try to install "Dialog Enhancer '99" on a ArcaOS test VM.  But I can not get the installer to work for this file "". The installer says it misses some files that are right there.

Also, I guess that later I can use "" to update it. It has a "UPDATE.DAT" binary that I have no idea how to use yet.

Any ideas on how to install and update this software?


Utilities / Re: dmidecode and UEFI
« on: November 24, 2022, 11:15:27 pm »
Hi Andy

Do you have any binary release of version 3 to give it a try?


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