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Applications / Re: RDP Server for OS/2?
« on: June 10, 2022, 01:03:29 pm »
Hi Chris,

Nothing to drive anything nuts outside of normal OS/2 users doing the standard nutty things :)
ok, I see why you are doing it that way.

Your options?
Finding a RDP Server that can be compiled under OS/2,
I had a quick look at Xrdp server a couple of years ago but it looks like a wrapper for a X Window Server.
I put it in the to hard basket and stuck with VNC.

Applications / Re: RDP Server for OS/2?
« on: June 06, 2022, 03:59:07 am »
Hi Chris,

Long time no see/hear.
If you can, I would recommend VNC, thats what I use for my headless OS/2 server.
Can we assume you want RDP as that is what you are already using for everything else?

Try the PS/2 newsgroups as well.
Someone there maybe able to point you to what you need.

Hi Doug,

BIOS option related to ram over 64MB doesnt exist on a 386 PS/2
I vaguely remember something about the later FP3x's that required a fix or something for PS/2's, easy answer was I think a jump straight to FP40.
It's so many decades now my memories a bit murky on this.

I gifted my remaining PS/2's last year prior to my move from Perth to Melbourne, one was a IBM PS/2 Model 70 with Warp3 but no idea what FP level it was.

Applications / Re: OpenOffice Spreadsheet charts
« on: November 16, 2021, 10:57:34 am »
Download works fine with Firefox under OS/2 or Linux, as long as you have allowed third party cookies. Allowing 3rd party cookies is a stupid idea as far as security goes for dropbox but that's the way of the world now.

Multimedia / Re: Updated Uniaud32 build
« on: September 27, 2021, 12:53:19 pm »
Just to ask are there any PCIe cards that use supported chipsets for the current releases of Uniaud?

Sound Blaster SB1040 PCIe 2007
Command line mixer for UNIAUD32. Version 1.1
Detected UNIAUD version 2.02.05
Detected 1 audio adapter(s)
Card info for adapter 0:
  num: 0
  id: Creative
  driver: HDA-Intel
  name: HDA Creative
  longname: HDA Creative at 0xfeafc000 irq 16
  mixer: Creative CA0110-IBG
  componenets: HDA:1102000a,11021006,00100000

I think you would need to check the adapters chipsets and ask Paul if they are compiled in. The above card works fine with Uniaud.

Applications / Re: Apache OpenOffice no longer starts
« on: July 18, 2021, 04:02:34 pm »
Hi Doug,

Actually, that is what causes the problem. Greg said "I removed it and loaded AOO-4170-GA" You need 4180-GA to work with the latest DLLs. Unfortunately I don't remember which DLL needs to be down leveled (might be libicu). Updating to AOO 4.1.8 solves the problem.

Your right, thanks :)
For some reason my mind simply slotted 4170 in as the latest version when its 4180.

Ditto everyone else about the calc and graphs problems. I've been using Libreoffice under ubuntu because of that problem but as long as you use xls under AOO-4180 it seems to work fine.

Applications / Re: Apache OpenOffice no longer starts
« on: July 15, 2021, 07:22:16 pm »
Hi Greg,

There are some DLL's that you need to upgrade but I cant remember which ones now but you should find the list in the readme file.

Hi Martin,

I don't know about it, maybe you have more information. Is the hobbes server also used for student practice? I haven't see any change in hobbes for some time. I don't know if the server is supposed to provide any service to the students while it also offer hobbes (OS/2 files) to the world.

Going on what I know about Computer Science at University of Western Australia, the files are likely to be archived and moved from incoming at or towards the end of a semester as students present their finished code to be tested on the server. If it does not work as planned, then I would hope its restored from backup. I have not asked Curtis about any of this, its simply an assumption going on what I know of university group and individual assignments at several universities I've been acquainted with over the years.

Hi Martin,

Keep in mind that NMSU probably do not want to change to much, it is for student's to do a final test of code on, it needs to be a stable server for at least that semester, a server that has known variables that have been documented for the students to use in writing code to test for their semester marks, radically changing it would very likely mean rewriting course manuals, and that can involve the exams department, legal, and other University departments. It can be a right royal pain for whoever is charged with looking after the archive, like Curtis, who also has other duties.

Ian, how easy or hard to use is the script you use at OS2Site (FilePage?) ? Is it something that you created customized for your use? or it is something public?

Filepage is written in C, I have the code but as parts are written by someone else, and other parts are written by persons unknown, I can only release the code I have written and changed which looks a bit weird without the rest...

Latest version of Filepage is available at and is currently
All the file descriptions are simply listed in a text file called descriptions, and the entire site is setup using one config file, the archive file contains an example.

After this month is finished at my University, I will be happy to go over how it works, and even change the code and recompile if that is needed to create something that you are after but it has been designed to be highly configurable, down to colors, column names etc. I don't think it would be hard to add the description for a file in a listing from a file with the same name but a different extension such as .xml, I simply find it easier to put all the descriptions into one text file. The page headers/banners and footers are located in separate files. Filepage is simple, and very fast at creating index.html files, the exe is currently OS/2 only but it should also be easy enough to port to anything that uses C.

Hi Lars,

Was that the problem with the incorrect signature of USBU instead of USBS in the status block?
I have a USB filter driver (it's rather the driver from EXIGEN to show the filter concept) that fixes that on the fly. Without any need to change USBMSD.ADD. That filter driver is in my USB repo. I never released it but I could.

Not sure, I assumed (probably wrongly) that Olympus did what Canon did and that required a special driver to access the cameras storage. Looking at the patch, which I cant remember if I did back then, looks like its was an incorrect signature though I think Olympus did that on purpose. I had an Oly camera back then that required that patch but as soon as the E series came out, upgraded to get rid of both the camera, and the patched USB driver.

Hi Lars,

But the patches only work for very old versions of USBMSD.ADD and with some likelyness, this error has been fixed with newer versions of USBMSD.ADD.

This was back in the day when Olympus had propriety USB drivers, they fixed the problem by allowing access to cameras as if they were USB drivers/keys.
That update is only required if someone is using very early model Olympus cameras from around 20 years ago.

In saying that, thanks for the info, I have moved that file to the usb/old directory on 'my' and updated the descriptions. Hopefully that will be pushed out to the public when I have replication sorted.

Hi Martin,

Apologies about the late reply, been busy, and will be for the next couple of weeks.

Archiving is like religion..
As long as you have the files you need I do not think there is a right, or a wrong way, and everyone has an opinion of what you are doing wrong :o)

I still update my hobbes mirror whenever the incoming directory file count goes down but this is not currently reflected on as it
is no longer an OS/2 based server, so none of my scripts etc run. I had a look at stunnel/rsync/ftp but have not been successful in getting any combination to
work with updating from my home based OS/2 server. It is on my to do list so will be looking at it again in a month or so.

My hobbes mirror also does not remove files, it's not an rsync type mirror but a plain FTP mirror of hobbes.

On itself, over time I'm been creating /old directories where older versions of files are moved.
I do this as occasionally a file is uploaded to hobbes that has an incorrect "Replaces:" field, and if its not caught then that file is removed or deleted. Not a good way to maintain an archive, and its a pain to retrieve a file from an older backup, if I recognised what has happened.
Some people have requested that I not keep older versions of their software on, in that case the older versions are moved to a non public area on the server. One person asked that all their software be removed from public view, this I did.

I have also created a directory where all of your uploads are moved to, that keeps the original files intact but creates a parallel archive of your cleaned up files, doing otherwise was getting a bit messy :)  The /sw/martin/ directory on my home server is far more populated that the publicly available version.

The main thing is that YOU are happy with what you are doing :)
And don't let it take over your life.

Applications / Re: Desktop Enhancement for WPS
« on: May 04, 2021, 07:06:18 am »
But the rexx gadgets are not working.

I've always viewed them as examples of what can be done, otherwise they are a distraction but thats the good thing about packages like this, you can use what you want, change what you want. Might be the rexx type you have installed.

I found that some things of wps-wizard can be good to reuse in some project to improve the WPS.

I've had it installed since some very early period, ditto X-Workplace & Audio/Data-CD-Creator V0.57 from Chris Wohlgemuth.

Applications / Re: Desktop Enhancement for WPS
« on: May 03, 2021, 05:29:52 am »
Checking in my WPSWizard directory, the Readme.1st file has:

Be sure to have installed Cairo 1.22 (including libc06.dll)
and the Innotek font engine. Otherwise installation will fail.

Make sure you have the EMX runtime libraries installed as well.

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