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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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Applications / Re: Timidity MCD install (Minstaller).
« on: October 14, 2019, 03:21:23 pm »
Glad to hear it.

FWIW, this line:
dir @@TIMIDITY_DIR@@
is unnecessary - it's just a placeholder for the WPI installer.

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Applications / Re: Timidity MCD install (Minstaller).
« on: October 13, 2019, 06:08:00 pm »
By the way, I'm preparing a new release, which includes several improvements to the PM GUI.

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Applications / Re: Timidity MCD install (Minstaller).
« on: October 13, 2019, 06:06:47 pm »
ok thanks, I missed the timidity_eawpats package suggestion, so I installed it, but still not giving sounds, with same ouput message in TiMidity text mode.
Is it correct that the eawpats contents must be inside the eawpats subfolder (APPS/TiMidity/eawpats) ?

Not necessarily, but then the timidity.cfg file must be edited to include the correct path.
e.g.
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dir c:\mmos2\patches\eawpats
Also make sure that timidity.cfg has the eawpats config file entries uncommented:
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source gravis.cfg
source gsdrums.cfg
source gssfx.cfg
source xgmap2.cfg
(This shouldn't technically be necessary if they are in the Timidity program directory, but I'm not entirely certain that's 100% true in practice, and it's safer to make sure they're uncommented.)

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Applications / Re: About bldlevel
« on: September 07, 2019, 01:39:43 am »
Veit Kannegieser's RXUNLOCK library has the RxBldLevel() function. 

Interestingly, it occasionally finds BLDLEVEL signatures in executables where IBM's BLDLEVEL doesn't.  I guess it uses a more tolerant search mechanism (TTBOMK it basically does a brute force search for the BLDLEVEL header through the whole file).

In theory, I think the BLDLEVEL signature can be anywhere in the file.  In some cases when using REXX2EXE, I've found simply doing a binary append of a prebuilt BLDLEVEL signature to the EXE after the fact has worked.  e.g.
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        @rexx2exe blah.cmd blah_.exe /2 /k       
        @copy /b blah_.exe+blah.blv blah.exe
(where blah.blv is a text file containing the pre-formatted BLDLEVEL signature).

OTOH, this technique does not work for some other executable types, like VX-REXX apps.  It probably has something to do with how the executable wrapper works.  (I've never tried this trick with an already-linked object code a.k.a. 'native' EXE.)

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Applications / Re: Revisiting old OS/2 Software.
« on: July 16, 2019, 03:33:30 am »
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The OS calculator is missing. YMMV, but mine's: x:\ECS\BIN\ECSCALC.EXE

This was only "the OS" calculator in eComStation.  The program was eCSCalc by Nicky Morrow, later renamed to eCalc, passed over to Frank Wochatz, and heavily revamped.

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9. PMCalc (IBM EWS?) is missing.

I have a PMCalc kicking around, but it appears to be written by Peter Koller (of Maul fame).


Of course, you don't list either of my calculators, Useful Calculator and AT Calculator8)

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Utilities / Re: Create an ISO from a CD
« on: June 19, 2019, 03:53:45 am »
I have to second the recommendation of Tonigy. It's by far the simplest way to create an ISO from a CD.

The only thing I don't know is whether it supports DVDs (or BDs) larger than 2GB, but for CDs that's not an issue.

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You need to make sure RWINI.DLL is installed.  It should be included in the ANPM 1.0.4 install package (and really should have been selected by default if it wasn't detected).

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