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Networking / Re: Routing Issues?
« on: April 20, 2018, 11:13:54 pm »
If I recall correctly the "-" is a carry over from an earlier version and if I'm not mistaken it works either way with the newer versions.
You don't need 'route add net' or 'route add -net'. 'route add default' suffices for your home network.

BTW: IIRC, the version with '-net' is the newer one. For the 'hopcount' parameter: I have there the number 1 instead of 0. You can also remove that together with the 'metric' parameter of ifconfig. See 'start view TCPCR.HLP route' and 'start view TCPCR.HLP hopcount' for the syntax.

Internet / Re: Firefox - 45.9.0 for OS/2 GA1.1...anyone...anyone???
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:29:39 pm »
Rpmdb checksum is invalid: dCDPT(pkg checksums)
That message can be ignored. See here:

BTW: It is filtered out in ANPM.

Internet / Re: Firefox - 45.9.0 for OS/2 GA1.1...anyone...anyone???
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:43:34 pm »
The 7 zip format is a pain as simple minded me can't figure out how to unzip 7Z files.  What a pain.
No problem: 7z.exe x -o<dest_dir> <7z_file>

You may also want to add the option -y to assume Yes on all queries.

With ArcaOS, you also have the option to use the OEM version of Zippy. (Don't remember its name on ArcaOS.) Using .7z here is reasonable due to the download size and time.

Internet / Re: Firefox - 45.9.0 for OS/2 GA1.1...anyone...anyone???
« on: April 20, 2018, 04:42:33 pm »
I've tried it yesterday on one system only and it traps at loading xul.dll. Even PMDll traps on examining xul.dll.

Because all .rpm packages are present and no double files exist, I'm not motivated to try more. I decided to give it another chance when the firefox.rpm will be available, but I'm sure that it won't work as well. Note that I haven't tried the GA 1 version before, because people wrote that it has severe problems.

I'm using SeaMonkey, so I install Firefox only for testing. I'll try it on other systems, but first they have other problems.

Internet / Re: Firefox and Traps
« on: April 15, 2018, 08:31:39 pm »
an alternative is a really simple scan utility called 'dupfind.cmd', here is the link to Hobbes (

Dariusz, note that David's utility Dupfinder is more recommendable.

Hi Andreas, I'll try that. I have a PS/2 mouse connected. An additional USB mouse for the OS/2 guest is doable, but somewhat uncomfortable, because the host system shouldn't have loaded it before the guest connects to it. That might mean that the USB mouse has to be plugged in just after the host was started up.

AMouse has for me 2 advantages compared to SMouse in respect of mouse
wheel scrolling:

1. AMouse sends scroll messages and can be configured to behave otherwise.
   SMouse sends only keyboard messages.
   Scroll messages for a text window have the advantage that the window
   immediately starts scrolling, as if the vertical slider was moved.
   This behavior is ideal for text reading.
   Keyboard messages move the cursor. A window moves if the cursor
   reaches window boundaries. That means that starting scrolling may take
   some time, dependent on the initial cursor position.
2. AMouse effects on the window below the mouse pointer. It can be
   configured to behave otherwise. SMouse effects on the window with the
   keyboard input focus, usually the topmost window.
The Nice WPS Enhancer allows for redirecting mouse messages from the
window with the input focus to the window below the mouse pointer.

Unfortunately that doesn't seem to work with a virtualized OS/2
(VirtualBox and Virtual PC tested) and the adapted mouse driver from the
OS/2 addititions installed.

On a real system, with Nice and SMouse installed, I had success in
configuring Nice to behave like AMouse for item 2.

Both AMouse advantages are the main reason, why I'm not mainly using
a virtualized system.

Does anybody have any experience with that?

BTW: I've just found ilink.exe 5.0 in an ancient version (haven't checked others) of Paul's build environment: buildenv20070105, in subdir moztools.

Hardware / Re: Not a graphics card failure - but what happened?
« on: March 21, 2018, 06:39:08 pm »
Pete, that reminds me of a problem I had years ago with Virtual PC on an OS/2 host and a Windows 5.1 as guest.

The guest trapped hard, as always when a resource was running out. That time was special: It caused OS/2 not to boot anymore. It took me several days to find the problem. I haven't thought before that a defective (and that time irreparable) guest system could have such an impact on the host.

Eduardo, it seem to happens on every system. I get it just when I open the page the first time. On each reload, it doesn't occur.

Programming / Re: 10% Fundraising for QT5 and new Browser
« on: March 18, 2018, 04:20:52 pm »

thanks. The value of the forum increased. The past days showed that your decision was right.

Utilities / Re: CFGTool
« on: March 12, 2018, 05:51:54 pm »
I had looked at CFGTool.dat with NEPM and it is mostly, (though not completely), a text file; not a true INI file.
No it is. I can open it with Initor (after adding the extension .ini) and Regedit2 and it has the OS/2 ini signature "FFFFFFFF1400".

Utilities / Re: CFGTool
« on: March 11, 2018, 10:58:41 pm »
Yes, ConfigTool uses large ini files. (CFGTOOL.DAT is an OS/2 .ini file.)

The summed size of all .ini files opened by the PM Prf functions seems to be limited. Therefore usually one can't open a second OS2.INI after having used the system a bit. That might apply in your case as well.

I made the experience that the system gets unstable if the size of the WPS handles in OS2SYS.INI exceeds 4 blocks. The OS2.INI is the larger file and seems to grow with that, too.

Applications / Re: Curious about these old patches
« on: March 10, 2018, 11:25:27 pm »
1) right-click on the Titlebar pushes a window back in the z-order.
I had used that 15 years ago. Unfortunately that feature didn't made it into XWP. I had missed it a lot.

2) ctrl-right-click shrinks a window to its titlebar size.
AFAIR, I had found that it has bugs. Other WPS enhancements that provide that feature work better (Nice, ALWALTFX, Object Desktop).

Applications / Re: Curious about these old patches
« on: March 05, 2018, 10:56:51 pm »


FIX1: SYS3171 (Stack Overflow) on PMSHELL.EXE and others. FIX2: USING PM_SystemFonts->DefaultFont CHANGES ALL FORM SIZES
Thanks for reminding me that Holger's patch wasn't made to the kernel, as I've thought before, but to pmmerge.dll.

Therefore I haven't tried it out before on ArcaOS. I use it on my currently main system, eCS, with all available patches. About the fonts patch (the other one behaves noiseless here): I find it essential. It's great to have 9.WarpSans in all dialogs.

The only app, that behaves unexpected, is old IBM view.exe. But the texts show correct, only the sizes of the controls don't scale (reduce in that case) with the font dimensions. (That's also mentioned in Holger's readme.)

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