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Applications / Re: Hpt path statement
« on: February 01, 2021, 10:11:35 am »
Greetings again,

I am setting up hpt husky (fidonet mail tosser) and all works fine.. except that I do not know how to put the config for husky one the path... I put all the executables in \usr\bin so can call husky from anywhere no problem. Husky requires a config file which is in C:\config\ in Linux I would just create a symlink to the config no problem, how do I get it to see the config file, I’ve put it on the path, I’ve tried set hpt=c:\config none of it works.  I can run it hpt -C c:\config\config but that’s not ideal... any suggestions?

Hope you are all well

Rick

Hi Rick,
a quick hack would be to use a desktop object, with the -C C:\config\config option in the command line call. Could you do with this?
Mentore

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General Discussion / Re: Revolutionary PC Technology
« on: February 01, 2021, 09:00:42 am »
The C64 probably interfaces directly to the hardware, so an emulator won't help.

Sure. But its software could be easily ported to OS/2 with a suitable interface. OK, I'm just kidding ;)
Mentore

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Hardware / Re: Does Arcaos support browsing phones?
« on: January 08, 2021, 11:00:51 am »
There's Samba. Some file managers have WiFi sharing which gives a web interface. Likewise with FTP. Or, sneaker net, either by ejecting the SD card (which was originally partitioned from OS/2 or plugging in a USB stick. I recently purchased a micro USB to USB A adapter that works well for plugging in a USB stick. Previously I paid $5 for the X-Plore file manager which I've been happy with (worked fine for free with no ads but a few things like WiFi sharing not enabled)
There's also https://hobbes.nmsu.edu/download/pub/os2/apps/graphics/camera153.zip which allows pulling the photos straight off the phone in most cases using PTP and which you might want to try first.

I always connected my android cellphone to my OS/2 machine via FTP without a problem, being able to browse its internals. For photos only, cameraderie is perfect AFAIK.

Mentore

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Programming / Re: SAF-T
« on: December 18, 2020, 10:41:49 am »
Hi,

Anyone here with knowledge of converting accounting data from text files to SAF-T?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAF-T

At the moment there are only three standard accounting reports that, by local law, must be availble upon request
from tax authorities. I think REXX and XML can be used for this.

Hi there,
I did a quick search and found this on GitHub:
https://github.com/atle85/SAF-T-to-CSV

seems it's just a python script doing the exact contrary of what you need.
I've got no knowledge of SAF-T format but, from what I can see, it's an XML file following a specific schema, so it should be not that hard to come up with a suitable converter.

Should you get out of luck please contact me at mentore . siesto @ alice . it, maybe I can patch up something (not sure about REXX though, since I can't access my OS/2 machines right now).

Mentore

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Article Discussions / Re: OS/2 - ArcaOS and the Year 2020
« on: December 09, 2020, 08:14:08 am »
Dear Community.

I always like to take some time to share some thoughts about OS/2-ArcaOS and the community when the year is close to end, or on the early days of the new year. This year had been a personally stressful year at work because of the lifestyle changes that produced the COVID19 pandemic, but let’s keep that aside and focus on the OS/2 community, right?

Arca Noae is the one with the IBM OEM deal to keep selling OS/2 today. They had accomplished great things like USB 3 and UEFI support. The next 2021 they have the challenge to finally release ArcaOS 5.1 with multiple language support. I see this as an important milestone, because I'm hoping that from that point Arca Noae can focus in a long-term strategy to not only make OS/2 running on modern hardware, but to start improving the OS with more features. My final word about Arca Noae will be, let's keep supporting them, let's help them, because the delivered what was promised.

I generally second your statement, Martin. Being part of the Italian NLS team I have to admit I'm not making good efforts (work and family take up all my time), but we're doing anything we can to work on it.

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Bitwise Works. They are the only development company and group we have on this community. They took the hard task to get a modern browser based in a modern engine to render webpages, and it is taking a lot of efforts on porting extra libraries and Qt5. I really hope they can have more developers for the OS/2 platform, but we need to keep in mind that they need resources (money) to pull this off. I also think we need to keep supporting them and they have their Patreon page for that.  The issue here is that they need regular income to keep paying the developers and I think  Patreon is a good way to support them.

I'm supporting Bitwise since one year and think it's a good thing to do. Sadly my income has decreased badly this year since I can't work into theatres :( but surely BWW developers are earning their money.

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Individual Developers. There are also individual developers that keep developing new software and port software from other platforms. I will never get tired of thanking them for the love to the platform and their selfless work. They are awesome and I like that a majority like to share their knowledge on the forums. Sometimes it is not only about being a good developer, but also having a great attitude, and these guys have it.

I've been a part-time OS/2 software developer and will get at it again as soon as I have a working setup ready... Alas, too little free time.

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So that was the easy part, it is just a quick summary of what is happening today with the platform, but the hard part will be always to look into the future. We still have different needs in drivers and applications for ArcaOS, and Operating Systems market are no longer in war for huge profits and money opportunity.

What do you think is needed today and maybe on the long-term future? Even if it just drivers, software or even a different strategy to have a more representation in the Operating Systems  space.

Regards

From my point of view:
  • drivers - USB 3 is good and hope it will come GA ASAP as we badly need it. But also Wi-Fi drivers are a must for all those who want to use ArcaOS on a laptop.
  • disks: we still have our share of troubles using thumb drives or external USB disks due to LVM needing to be used. I remember having almost destroyed an old Creative Zen MP3 player trying to make it work under OS/2 since it used an incredibly strange partitioning scheme. But also other devices have problems if LVM is used on them (like cameras and video cameras).
  • A different and more pervasive communication: this is, I fear, the most difficult thing to do, because it requires resources and manpower in order to spread a message regarding affordability, safety and stability of ArcaOS.

And yes, in my dreams I still think about a 64 bit recompiled OS/2 kernel :)

Mentore

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Multimedia / Re: Updated Uniaud32 build
« on: December 07, 2020, 08:10:42 am »
Hi All,

Just a quick update to say that there's no real progress - broadly it's understood why the builds don't produce sound, and where the problem lies (the port of the regmap/regcache APIs), but there isn't a clear root cause/solution to this yet. I'm actually taking a break from looking at Uniaud for a short time - with any luck a fresh look after a break may help shed some light on the problem.

Cheers,

Paul

Best of luck Pete. I'm following this and hope to try the new builds soon (have to build one or two machines almost from scratch with some old hardware).

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Applications / Re: Painting program?
« on: July 21, 2020, 08:10:55 am »
There are three old vector graphics programs: logoart, CorelDraw 2.5 and DrawIt.

Another really interesting "drawing" (more like editing, but also for drawing) available for free on OS/2 id Photo>Graphics PRO by TrueSpectra. The makers also sent a public registration key to make it useable.
It's somehow steep in learning but can make really interesting things - to some extent I feel it comparable to Inkscape (without of course SVG and many modern tools).

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As long as ArcaNoae Mantis is not yet back up, translations still go on. : )

Question is though, should the GNU Public License in Warpin (warpin.wis) be translated to other languages too? Even if the text does not say so, I've read elsewhere that translating contracts voids their existence, as you'd need a lawyer to check if the meaning has not changed by translating the text.
So.. if nobody has other thoughts or valid reasoning, I'll keep the english translation of the GNU Public License and just translate the rest around it..


Hello,
based on my experience and on what I've studied in the past, GPL is NOT to be translated. The costs to verify the closeness between the actual original GPL and the translated one would be unacceptable and a translated GPL is considered as not valid.
This is what the FSF / GNU say, by the way, so I didn't take my time to provide a translated version of the GPL in my works, be them for OS/2 or else.

Mentore

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Programming / Re: Porting Lilypond to OS/2 - eCS - Arca Noae
« on: November 11, 2019, 08:04:43 am »
Given that LilyPond is more of an engraving program than a traditional notation program and thus not very user friendly would something like MuseScore not make more sense? Or does that have even more dependencies?

BTW. For those with not very advanced needs when it comes to notation, old versions of Personal Composer run fine under OS/2, 16 bit version under WinOS/2 and 32 bit versions PE'ised.

Hi Olafur, yes you're right - and I've already ported other engraving programs, so the need for this was more like "OK, I want to add another one to the list". And after NotaMusica has been discontinued I think we could do with a real notation software - but I'm afraid something like MuseScore is really out of our league due to its dependencies. This MAY change now that we are really close to a  complete Qt 5.13 release, but my mileage may vary.

I'd like to take a look at some opensource notation software but almost everyone is rather huge or uses libraries like JACK which may make it impossible to port. I'll take a look when I will fire up my OS/2 machine again.

Oh, just a last update: I saw that some GUI programs (mainly Denemo and Canorus) are UIs to LilyPond, so I'm starting to think the (two or three  ;D ;D ;D ) OS/2-powered musicians could take advantage from this. I'll see what I can do when my OS/2 boxes will be back.

Mentore

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Programming / Re: Porting Lilypond to OS/2 - eCS - Arca Noae
« on: November 07, 2019, 08:55:22 am »
Given that LilyPond is more of an engraving program than a traditional notation program and thus not very user friendly would something like MuseScore not make more sense? Or does that have even more dependencies?

BTW. For those with not very advanced needs when it comes to notation, old versions of Personal Composer run fine under OS/2, 16 bit version under WinOS/2 and 32 bit versions PE'ised.

Hi Olafur, yes you're right - and I've already ported other engraving programs, so the need for this was more like "OK, I want to add another one to the list". And after NotaMusica has been discontinued I think we could do with a real notation software - but I'm afraid something like MuseScore is really out of our league due to its dependencies. This MAY change now that we are really close to a  complete Qt 5.13 release, but my mileage may vary.

I'd like to take a look at some opensource notation software but almost everyone is rather huge or uses libraries like JACK which may make it impossible to port. I'll take a look when I will fire up my OS/2 machine again.

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Programming / Re: Porting Lilypond to OS/2 - eCS - Arca Noae
« on: November 06, 2019, 08:27:53 am »
It depends on fontforge, which is a GTK program IIRC, or at least depends on X, so not trivial to build though the dependency page does say some of the text modes can be built without X. Unluckily porting GTK would likely be akin to porting QT.

Thanks everybody.
So I was correct in thinking the first step is building the latest TeX distro - which is pretty funny: the CTAN seems to me a little cumbersome to browse for the sources. I will surely take a look at it.
Then it comes to FontForge which I have to watch closely, in order to see if it can be built without GTK.

Too many toolkits, too little time...

Mentore

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Programming / Porting Lilypond to OS/2 - eCS - Arca Noae
« on: November 05, 2019, 11:05:05 am »
Hello all,
currently we OS/2 users can benefit from at least four or five music typesetting programs:
  • NotaMusica 2.6 (beta 2.7) - commercial, discontinued
  • Plain MusixTeX - pretty uncommon, powerful but TeX is required (and am I right in saying we really lack a current TeX?)
  • MUP MUsic Publisher (ported by me, not up to date with the current release) - easy to compile, requires text input
  • ABC Music composer (idem)
  • Philip's Music Writer (idem)
  • Lastly, we should have also some simple guitar fakebook software like Chordii or Chordpro (ported by me)

Now I'd really love if we could make one step beyond and start using some real beast like LilyPond. I actually am not able to fire up my old eCS box (pretty old indeed - at least 4 years without upgrading hardware), but I'd like to tackle this huge piece of art. I know it still needs text input just like ABC or Mup, but it seems to have more features, so...

Now for the serious part. Among the requirements I can see Guile 1.8.8 and some other things it needs:

    GNU Autoconf
    GNU Bison                       (Use version 2.0 or newer.)
    GNU Compiler Collection  (Use version 3.4 or newer (4.x recommended)).
    GNU gettext                    (0.17 or newer)
    GNU Make                       (Use version 3.78 or newer.)

These listed above we should already have. I'm not sure about the following ones (my thoughts on them in italic):

    Flex
    FontForge (recommended using at least 20100501); it must also be compiled with the ‘--enable-double’ switch, else this can lead to inaccurate intersection calculations which end up with poorly-rendered glyphs in the output.

    MetaFont
    The mf-nowin, mf, mfw or mfont binaries are usually packaged along with TeX.
    MetaPost
    The mpost binary is also usually packaged with TeX.
So, we should indeed have TeX updated!!!

    Perl
    Texinfo (Use version 4.11 or newer.)

    Type 1 utilities (Use version 1.33 or newer.)
    Cyrillic fonts (Often packaged in repositories as texlive-lang-cyrillic.)

    TeX Gyre ‘OTF’ font packages. As of LilyPond version 2.19.26, the previous default serif, san serif and monospace fonts now use Tex Gyre’s Schola, Heros and Cursor fonts respectively. Also See Fonts.

    The following font families are required:
    Schola, Heros and Cursor.

What are your thoughts about this? Do you think it's actually possible for us to have this beast under OS/2? (Yes I'd love to use it with my machine without having to boot a Linux / Win PC).

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Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: October 28, 2019, 08:32:20 am »
This may be a strange request but does anyone know of a graphic interface to smartahci like the one for smartmon for IDE drives?  Also is there a way of reducing the information produced by smartahci -a hd1 to just the important info and temp?

I feel like some Visual REXX could do the trick. Then I have to say I can't even start up my eCS machine right now, too bad...

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Applications / Re: (Mainly text-based) movies
« on: July 08, 2019, 08:17:18 am »
What are weapons of choice to, in the end, quickly produce an animated GIF with mainly text-based frames? The format (size, grid, colors, font, lay-out, ...) has to be about the same, so you cannot start PBRUSH.EXE, aim, type text, save and convert.

YouTube videos with just audio and lyrics, and perhaps showing a static image while there are no lyrics, may be a well-known example. GLE? An utility which almost works like a text editor?

While in OS/2 I can think about Embellish and PGPro. Being these object-based (albeit a little cumbersome to use) these are IMHO the most useful ones.

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I can create my own image files, with a text file as input and automatic processing to create the whole movie, but unfortunately using any font is more than a bit of a stretch.

Having to type is no problem, as long as you can edit and re-use text you've saved as the previous image. Edit as text, not as pixels.

In theory GLE seems to be a candidate for fully automated processing, including variable delays and non-text images which can be inserted later. In pseudo-code:

[blank] // blank initial frame, default delay
The Pope // First text frame (title), matching default delay
Is the Pope catholic? // Second text frame, variable delay based on the text
No, a Pope is the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. // Second text frame, variable delay based on the text
[ALEXPOPE.GIF] // insert image, default delay
Thank you for being bored! No fun intended. // Final text frame, variable delay based on the text
[end] // The end

But having to type, save, edit, save, edit, save, ... and compile a video manually is no big deal. It ain't books. A lyrics videos is a good example, albeit such a video is already quite long (and requires almost perfect delays).

If you don't mind doing some scripting (maybe also REXX and similar) you can try and use ffmpeg and maybe better mencoder with subtitles. Even if they are called "subtitles" they can be put in almost any position and use any font you like: you can synchronize them with the audio you're using.

I used ffmpeg to make some videos in the past (going to use it again soon) and this is one of my best works: it's the title page for a DVD I made of the movie "Final Fantasy" (I had the original in VHS and copied it to DVD. Needed a title and menu, so I worked a bit).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUNhw5HVe8c

Mentore

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Applications / Re: PmDraw's (CAD) fatal fonts warning
« on: July 01, 2019, 09:25:50 am »
Thanks, all. So the (fatal) warning message may actually have something to do with ((missing) installed) fonts, and failing can be avoided by using the -D parameter. As stated earlier, I gave it a try with a fresh OS/2 Warp 4 NL and eCS 1.2, with and without removed fonts.

AFAICT PmDraw should support several INI files (Options, Personalize...), which can be selected via the -I parameter. Multi-user'ish, or perhaps a different INI file per CAD project.

It looks like the -I parameter also doesn't fully support long names (containing spaces, in the case of no support).

And yes, PMDRAW.REA contains the What's New(s)-items of a few releases indeed.

I'd really love if we could gather the sources for the EWS. PMDraw /2 is IMHO a nice piece of software, nowadays crippled by its limitations (8.3 naming convention and some missing features).
I still have at home my DevCon CDs, with a (seemingly) final release of PMDraw/2. Never understood if this can be put on Hobbes, though it seems you already have it.

Mentore

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