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Applications / Re: WordPerfect for Windows 6.1 OS/2 tools
« on: August 28, 2019, 03:24:40 am »
It will install under ArcaOS and eCS, but it will only install reliably onto the C drive, and only on some file systems, so no JFS. It may also need the "large disk fix" during install, but it works fine without it.

I installed on e: (no C: drive in the system at the time) onto an all JFS system.  The only issue I really ran into was that the installer can only handle 512M of memory.

Applications / Re: WordPerfect for Windows 6.1 OS/2 tools
« on: August 28, 2019, 03:21:43 am »
No, that's not it. It seems to be a native OS/2 version of WordPerfect 5.2 and it doesn't install under ArcaOS. I tried. There's an error message about insufficient RAM. Probably it was never compatible with Warp 4 in the first place.
I installed and have played with WP 5.2 for OS/2 (didn't have any real work to do in it) under ArcaOS.  The issue is not Warp 4 (or above) but rather that the installer cannot handle greater than 512M (as I recall that was the limit).  With ArcaOS, I was able to set the memory to 512M.  The install then went fine (I don't recall having to make any other changes).

Setup & Installation / Re: JFS chkdsk problem
« on: July 20, 2019, 03:29:41 pm »
In config.sys, does the unicode.sys line precede the JFS.ifs line?

Applications / Re: ZOC startup error...
« on: June 20, 2019, 06:49:20 am »
You most likely have two XFRCEPT.dll files and the wrong one for ZOC is being used (may already be in use), though it is possible you have only one XFRCEPT.dll file but somehow it is the wrong one for ZOC.

Utilities / Re: Create an ISO from a CD
« on: June 04, 2019, 04:39:48 am »
I purchased RSJ so that I could support my USB DVD/RW and it has the ability to create an ISO.  I think mkisofs will allow you to create an ISO but I don't know the command parameters needed.

I was just able to create and sync a calendar entry successfully from Seamonkey calendar to google calendar.

Programming / Re: Which GCC to run with?
« on: March 20, 2019, 03:48:05 am »
I use the rpm installed gcc as the base and install the 8.1.0 in a location other than under \usr but it should be fairly easy to update this as needed:

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SET GCCDIR=e:\compilers\gcc440\local%GVER%
SET GCCDIR2=e:/compilers/gcc440/local%GVER%
set GCCBASE=e:/usr
set USRBASE=e:/usr

SET PATH=%GCCDIR%\bin;%GCCDIR%\libexec\gcc\i386-pc-os2-emx\%GCCVER%;%PATH%

SET C_INCLUDE_PATH=%GCCDIR2%/lib/gcc/i386-pc-os2-emx/%GCCVER%/include;%GCCDIR2%/include;%USRBASE%/local/include;%GCCBASE%/include;
SET CPLUS_INCLUDE_PATH=%GCCDIR2%/include/c++/%GCCVER%;%GCCDIR2%/include/c++/%GCCVER%/i386-pc-os2-emx;%GCCDIR2%/lib/gcc/i386-pc-os2-emx/%GCCVER%/include;%USRBASE%/local/include;%GCCBASE%/include;
SET CPLUS_INCLUDE_PATH=%CPLUS_INCLUDE_PATH%;%GCCDIR2%/include;%GCCDIR2%/include/c++/backward;%GCCDIR2%/include/c++/%GCCVER%;%GCCDIR2%/include/c++/%GCCVER%/tr1;%GCCBASE%/include;

SET LIBRARY_PATH=%GCCDIR2%/lib/gcc/i386-pc-os2-emx/%GCCVER%;%GCCDIR2%/lib;%GCCDIR2%/lib/gcc/i386-pc-os2-emx/%GCCVER%;%USRBASE%/local/lib;%GCCBASE%/lib;


Programming / Re: Can an application be started and run in monoprocessor?
« on: February 28, 2019, 04:29:11 am »
The app I was specifically wondering about is VirtualPC v 5.1. It is unstable on a multiprocessor system - or perhaps just on a newer system. Do you think marking the exe for no multiple cpu would make it run?

I have been using Virtual Box 5.0.6, for a while now. It runs okay, but uses HUGE amounts of lower shared memory space. I have taken steps to use as much upper shared memory space, for other apps, as possible, and that has helped, but I still need to be very careful what I run along with VirtualBox. I wouldn't be surprised if Virtual PC is even worse, and that is what causes the instability. Using only a single CPU probably isn't going to change that, since it is a memory allocation problem (if that is, indeed, the problem).

First, try adding /MAXCPU=1  to the ACPI.PSD line, in CONFIG.SYS, and see if it does, or does not, make it better. If it does, then it may be worth changing VIRTUAL PC (and all of the parts) to use only one CPU. If not, it is more likely to be a memory allocation problem, which requires other methods.

An option is to switch to VirtualBox. You should be able to use the virtual disk (or a copy of it, to be safe). At least VirtualBox is still under development, and it isn't owned by Microsoft.

As I recall, there is some issue that is fixed with virtualpc to mark it to use only one CPU, IIRC it had a tendency to lock up the system without it.

Networking / Re: OS/2 4.52 to VirtualBox networking
« on: November 03, 2018, 10:39:08 pm »
2Andy Willis: I don't know about any port forwarding in VBox NAT. It seems to be missing. At least, it's the 1st time I hear about such a thing.

I've used it in Linux and Windows hosts.

Networking / Re: OS/2 4.52 to VirtualBox networking
« on: November 03, 2018, 07:43:02 pm »
With NAT, you cannot access the guest from the host.

Is this a limitation currently in the OS/2 version that the port forwarding is not working?

General Discussion / Re: Binary decompilation of OS2KRNL and other DLLs
« on: October 31, 2018, 02:07:09 am »
I have found a complete 4.52 install online which is  I'll be using this as my baseline system.

If anyone has another suggestion, please let me know.  TYIA.

Note:  Here's the link to my LibSF Security Research website.
14.086_W4 is _not_ SMP capable (I mention because of your mentioning you wanted to work with the SMP.
The SMP kernel is so marked as - 14.201#@_SMP
14.201 is the current kernel in ArcaOS (cannot be sold separately to upgrade 4.52 or ecomstation). 
IBM's last generally available release was 14.104a (there was a 14.105 in a leaked testcase but it seemed to be a 14.104 build as it had the same bugs that 14.104a fixed).  14.106 was released by IBM only via special fixpak that required special (nearly impossible to obtain) service agreement.
This to say that 14.086 would be fine for learning but possibly of less practical value in terms of security as the same security holes may have been fixed.
Latest generally available kernels are at
Your user agent has to show you are using OS/2 or you will have to request a userid and password (I had forgotten I had installed totalspoof and I was getting prompted for the password as a result).

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Copy/Replace file dialog in OS/2
« on: October 23, 2018, 04:02:51 am »
When copying large files, or a large group of files I use Larsen Commander, which provides a very nice progress indicator. Larsen is shareware.

Larsen is now Open Source for OS/2.
I think this is the latest version:

Applications / Re: cups installed, how to start it?
« on: October 22, 2018, 04:22:19 am »
good evening, after some successfull software installation thanks to your help (Firefox 45.9 , VLC 3.04, Assoedit), here I am with Cups.
I have a Samsung laser color wireless printer placed in a different room, which I could configure already with Cups on other OS  (Ubuntu and TrueOs) bootable in same pc.
Which Samsung printer?  I see that there are a number supported Samsung printers but can't say if it is one that is specifically supported or if it would have to be generic.

Applications / Re: AOS RAM Disk
« on: September 26, 2018, 03:41:40 am »
You can put the swap file there too and in theory run a bunch of processes that use lots of memory and it would swap. In practice, IBM seems to have used 32 bit variables in too many places for this to work.
I put my swapper.dat on the RAM disk just so that it wasn't writing to the SSD drive every boot but given we can't use over 4G I don't see how the swapper could ever be used.

Applications / Re: DOS and Win-OS/2 Windowed Sessions
« on: August 26, 2018, 08:29:12 am »
Actually, neither Panorama nor SNAP supports DOS/Windows seamless sessions.
I run eCS with snap driver and I don't have any problems with seamless operation of DOS or Win16 windows. The only thing in DOS or Win16 FULL screen operations is that your mouse won't work as well due to the enhanced resolutions. So you have to run it in windowed sessions. Can even copy and paste in DOS sessions with programs which do not know what a mouse or copy and paste is.
I am running Panorama and have seamless Dos/Win16 sessions.  Again, it matters not which OS/2 video driver is in use because it doesn't provide the support for seamless sessions... it is vsvga.sys.

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