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General Discussion / Re: Strange hobbes.nmsu.edu behavior.
« on: April 08, 2020, 04:19:00 am »
Clearly Hobbes is still having problems.

I tried to upload a zip and txt pair (ft2v136).  The .txt file uploaded successfully, the .zip aborted and ended up a zero-byte file, which defies all attempts to rename, remove, or replace it.

I guess the new server is not ready for general use yet.

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Programming / Re: how to stay a window on top
« on: April 03, 2020, 06:43:16 pm »
For a PM frame window, try this:
Code: [Select]
#define WS_TOPMOST      0x00200000L
WinSetWindowBits( hwndFrame, QWL_STYLE, WS_TOPMOST, WS_TOPMOST );

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Marketplace / Re: ebay Stuff
« on: March 01, 2020, 01:56:43 pm »
Indeed, the Software Choice is in Japanese (and is for Warp Server Advanced Japanese Edition).

The Warp 4 Chinese is the Simplified Chinese Edition (i.e. for the mainland Chinese market). 

Fun fact, back when I had Passport Advantage in its final few years, it was supposedly for Warp 4 English.  For some reason, IBM put copies of not only MCP1/2 English on my account, but also gave me Japanese, French, German, and Simplified Chinese.  And, for some strange reason, ACP2 in German.

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Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS 5.0/Win98 SE Dual-Boot - Questions!
« on: January 10, 2020, 02:47:08 am »
The rules of thumb I always use for installing OS/2 alongside other OSes are:
  • Install Windows (any version) first, making sure to leave empty (unpartitioned) space on the hard disk(s) for the other OSes.
  • Install OS/2 (e.g. ArcaOS) second, and install Air-Boot at that time.
  • If planning to install any other OSes, like Linux, use OS/2 to create the partition(s) for those other OSes.
  • Install any Linux-based OSes after OS/2, and make certain you do not allow it to install Grub (or LILO) to the MBR. Instead, install Grub to the Linux root partition.  (I gather some Linux flavours do not give you that option, so steer clear of them unless you really know what you're doing.)

This is not to say that doing it differently is impossible.  However, doing it this way (above) minimizes the potential headaches.

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Article Discussions / Re: Greatest keyboard of all time?
« on: January 02, 2020, 02:01:13 pm »
Unicomp has been manufacturing buckling-spring keyboards for many years, and continues to do so, including model M layout models. They also do special orders for specific IBM models, apparently.

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Maybe a dumb question, but have you taken a look at KShell?  If I understand what you're describing, KO seems to have done something similar there.
http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/h-viewer.php?dir=/pub/os2/util/shell&file=kshell081.zip

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Applications / Re: Timidity MCD install (Minstaller).
« on: December 15, 2019, 09:47:50 pm »
Well, here is the release candidate.  I haven't been able to test it as much as I'd have liked, but I figure I might as well set it loose. 

If nobody reports any problems with this build and WPI, I'll release it to Hobbes (etc) in a few days.
http://altsan.org/programming/ports/timidity_player_2132_os2_r3.wpi

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Applications / Re: Timidity MCD install (Minstaller).
« on: December 01, 2019, 01:54:18 pm »
Yeah, sorry. The new build is actually all done, I'm just working on ironing some kinks out of the WPI installer.  I'm travelling at the moment but I'll try and get back to this next week.

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Does RxLvmGetDisks also return the type of disks - PATA or SATA - and port numbers in use?

No.  That is not information the LVM engine provides (or cares about), as it takes place at a lower level in the OS.  The only distinctions LVM cares about are partitionable DASD, removable DASD, or non-LVM-managed device.

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Setup & Installation / Re: Installing HPFS386 on ArcaOS
« on: November 10, 2019, 04:43:07 pm »
Finally managed to dig out my old WSeB HPFS386 CD and dig into the FS386.RSP file.

It looks like it needs to install several files to \IBMLAN\NETPROG, \IBMLAN\NETLIB, and \IBMLAN\INSTALL.  Rather stupidly, it doesn't define these paths as variables but rather has them statically defined. 

If you create those three directories, the install might work.  (Presumably I only ever tested my installer on systems with File and Print Client or LAN Server installed - which was, I suppose, a reasonable assumption at the time, especially considering the use cases IBM intended HPFS386 for.)

There may be other hidden dependencies I didn't see in my brief inspection.  To be foolproof, you could always install File and Print Client. :)

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Setup & Installation / Re: Installing HPFS386 on ArcaOS
« on: October 27, 2019, 04:10:08 am »
I tried your installation tool (which looks nice!) but ended up with a "This installation was not successful. The return code is 0x0816" and a VX-REXX error console message (appearing twice): "CLI0057: ERROR occurred: please check the error.log or the file specified by /l1:" (I could not find an error.log in the temporary folder where I placed your installation tool).

Any idea of what this error is about?

That's odd. 0x816 indicates an unspecified system error occurred. Beyond that I don't know. The log may tell you more; it's probably in wherever your %LOGFILES% directory is.

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Setup & Installation / Re: Installing HPFS386 on ArcaOS
« on: October 26, 2019, 01:35:02 am »
ArcaOS does not install the IBMINST directory, which the default HPFS386 install front-end requires (it also requires Netscape Communicator with the Feature Install plugin, which are only installed if you selected certain options).

You can still install HPFS386 by any of these methods:

(3) should be the easiest unless you know your way around Feature Installer.

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Applications / Re: Strange PDF file problem using Lucide...
« on: October 23, 2019, 05:50:08 am »
For whatever reason using Open with WPS Default results in the file appearing in Text Editor - Yes, Lucide is set as Default PDF viewer.

TTBOMK the Open behaviour of downloaded files is controlled by the MIME type of the download stream, and not by the filename.  If the remote HTTP server is reporting the wrong MIME type for the file, or it's falling back to the generic "application/octet-stream", then that's what tends to happen.  AFAIK there's not much that we, the user, can do about it.

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When I select Save file in the Seamonkey dialog no Save dialog appears. The file save generates a lot of 4 core cpu activity briefly and then drops back to a bit less busy. This seems to indicate the file download has finished. As I have not had the chance to specify a Save location and filename I looked in my TEMP directory to see if $STANDARD existed. No, it did not. I did have a file called ytK8tCVo.pdf.part which had only just been created in the directory though and looking at it with Text Editor it seemed to be the complete bill I had selected for download.

Does it happen with other file types as well?

This sounds like the long-standing bug in our Mozilla ports where saving a downloaded file fails to open the Save As dialog, and as a result the file never gets transferred from the temporary directory.  This can be triggered, quite reliably, by attempting to save a file to the root directory of a drive.  Once you do that, saving downloads to a specific directory will be broken from then on.  I have not found any way of fixing the browser once it gets into this state, short of creating a new profile.  It is a well known and IMHO quite serious bug in all Mozilla for OS/2 builds for the past several years.  I do not know why a fix seems to be so elusive.

Otherwise, the only viable workaround is to turn off the "Always ask me where to save files" setting, and simply allow all downloads to be placed in the preconfigured Downloads directory.  Which is annoying, but at least it works.

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Applications / Re: Lucide, poor printing quality
« on: October 20, 2019, 08:10:44 pm »
Printing as Image will almost always be lower quality than printing as Postscript.

Font downloading is not used when printing as Image.  (Neither are the Postscript driver's other quality settings, because printing is not going through the Postscript engine.)  Lucide is essentially drawing a giant bitmap of each page and printing that.

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Applications / Re: Timidity MCD install (Minstaller).
« on: October 19, 2019, 04:53:42 am »
By the way, I'm preparing a new release, which includes several improvements to the PM GUI.

to keep an eye on it, we're talking about http://www.altsan.org/programming/ports/  page, right?

That's correct, yes.  Coming soon.

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