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Setup & Installation / Re: REGEDIT2 export & import
« on: Today at 08:36:28 pm »
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How? And to check settings, or to set settings?

Look up the SysINI command in the REXX documentation. It will check, and set, the entries.

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Setup & Installation / Re: REGEDIT2 export & import
« on: December 08, 2018, 08:14:00 am »
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Is exporting and importing new settings (actually creating one file, to be imported per new install) safe and simple indeed?

It depends on what you are messing with. Most of the time, adding new stuff will be pretty safe, but changing existing stuff could get you into trouble, unless you understand exactly what you are doing. There are probably better ways to do things like that. I would likely use REXX to do it, myself.

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Applications / Re: USB pendrive on OS2 4.52 VBox guest
« on: December 08, 2018, 08:08:33 am »
I use USB sticks, with ArcaOS, or eCS, in VBox under win 10. I know that Linux, and Apple, hosts complicate using things like that (I think you need special permissions). You need to read the VBox instructions, for whatever your host operating system is.

With win 10 as host, all you need to do, is install the USB drivers, AND, the OS/2 extensions (essential), in the guest. The easiest way to use it, is to mount the device in windows, then enable it to be used by VBox (the USB icon, at the bottom of the VBox window). That device is then only available to the guest in VBox, until you unmount (eject) it. Then, it isn't attached to the host, or the guest, until you physically disconnect it, and connect it again. Some experimenting will likely be required, to figure out how to use that feature.

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Applications / Re: Creating archive > 4GiB from script
« on: December 07, 2018, 10:18:31 pm »
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1. Arctool can create and read a 12 GiB zip file, although it takes more than 4 times as long

It reads the ZIP file (I have done it with 60 GB files), just as fast. What takes the time, is formatting the screen output, so the user can see, and select, the files that are inside the zip file. Overall, much easier to use, but slower.

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2. what are the URLs for the zip and unzip builds that support > 4GiB in OS/2?

I don't know, offhand. I use Arca Noae Package Manager (ANPM) to manage that stuff, so I don't need to do it manually. I expect that they are wherever they post the RPM packages. Whether they will work properly, without all of the other stuff that ANPM (RPM/YUM) installs, I don't care to know.

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4. Several of the other compression tools, e.g., gzip, xz, are intended to compress in place rather than to build a compressed archive.

That doesn't make sense. How can you compress a folder (for example) "in place"? And what good are they, if they don't produce an archive file? Gzip and xz do exactly what ZIP does, they create an archive file out of (a) source file(s).

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Applications / Re: Apache Open Office fail
« on: December 04, 2018, 08:53:58 pm »
I used the Arca Noae Package Manager https://www.arcanoae.com/wiki/anpm/ to do the requirements. It demanded a reboot (as it should) before completing the operation. Perhaps that is what causes the problem. After doing the updates, I installed AOO 4.1.6, and it works, as it should. I haven't tried anything, that didn't work before, yet.

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Applications / Re: Creating archive > 4GiB from script
« on: December 04, 2018, 06:40:57 pm »
Please, update your software, properly, and stop posting incorrect information. Thanks...

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Applications / Re: Creating archive > 4GiB from script
« on: December 04, 2018, 06:18:20 am »
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And starting with 4GB the zip format cannot longer be used.

Please don't tell my computer that. 12 GB (and larger) ZIP files work, with no problems, when you use the proper version of ZIP/UNZIP.

Please, update your software, properly, and stop posting incorrect information. Thanks...

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Applications / Re: Creating archive > 4GiB from script
« on: November 30, 2018, 03:42:23 am »
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I thought that was using the version installed by ArcaOS, but I'll double check the PATH.

What you show, is what the programs display, but it doesn't tell the whole story. It depends on which version of ArcaOS you have installed, and if you have properly updated the RPM/YUM stuff (use ANPM), to be sure that you have the correct versions. You may even need to install ZIP and UNZIP, using ANPM (RPM/YUM), to get the correct version installed. Look in the list in ANPM for that information. The description of your problems is exactly what happens if you are using an older version of ZIP/UNZIP. You also need to be sure that you do not have any older versions hanging around, just waiting to cause problems.

If it all looks correct, use ANPM to uninstall ZIP and UNZIP, then install them again, just to be sure that something didn't down level them in the background. Also, be aware, that ArcaOS has a copy of the older ZIP/UNZIP in the \SYS\INSTALL directory, but they are named ZIP2.EXE and UNZIP5.EXE. There is a reason for that, so don't mess with it.

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Applications / Re: Creating archive > 4GiB from script
« on: November 28, 2018, 10:04:36 pm »
I use ZIP to backup my drives. One of mt ZIP files is about 12 GB, and it contains, at least one file that is about 5 GB. Be absolutely sure, that you are using the ZIP, and UNZIP, as distributed by RPM/YUM. Older versions of ZIP/UNZIP do not support files larger than 2 GB in, or out. The latest ZIP.EXE (from RPM/YUM) has a necessary fix for the -S parameter (capital 'S', parameters are case sensitive). I use the parameters -9yrS to do my backups. I have restored drives (including boot drives), a number of times, so I know that it works.

I do use Archive tool to manage the UNZIP activity. It makes it easy to pick out individual files, or directories, or do the whole thing. Be sure to set extract Full paths, to put files back in the original locations.

A typical backup command, for a full drive, is:
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zip.exe -9yrS CDRIVE.ZIP C:\* -x@exclude.list 2>&1 | tee.exe CZIP.LOG
ZIP.EXE is in the path, the parameters use maximum compression, handle symlinks correctly, recurse through directories, and include system and hidden files. The exclude.list file contains a list of files that you don't need to back up. The rest redirects all output to TEE.EXE (available from RPM/YUM), which shows the progress in the window, and sends that to the log file. I use it to back up live boot drives, and there has never been a problem with that. Of course, that may depend on what else is actually running.

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Hardware / Re: WLAN to LAN Adapter that works under OS/2 available ?
« on: November 26, 2018, 08:49:25 am »
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Does anyone know of a WLAN-to-LAN Adapter that works under OS/2 (or is likely to work) ?

I have three of them. Two very old, and one that is newer. The old ones (ASUS, and Belkin) only link at 54 Mbs, which is pretty slow. The newer one (a D-LINK 506L) works pretty well at about 300 Mbs, anywhere in my house. Depending on your internet speed, any of them could work. (The Belkin is junk).

They all use a browser interface for configuration, and the biggest "problem" is trying to figure out what address they are using so you can configure your IP address, to be able log into them. After you get them configured, they remember the link, even over a power down.

I know that there are a number of them that do work, but there is a learning curve (configuring them) to get over.

Another possible option, is a network extender, that uses an adapter at both ends, plugged into power outlets (using the power lines for communication) I have no idea how well they work.

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General Discussion / Re: ES/2 will be renamed e/OS2
« on: November 22, 2018, 06:17:51 pm »
I seem to recall, that even IBM had to get permission, from whoever owns the rights to Star Trek, to use the word "Warp". I would expect that "Warp", "OS/2", "OS2" and all variations, would be difficult, at best. Even e/OS2, or ES/2, could be pushing the limits. IBM does not allow Arca Noae to use those terms. Of course, if it is completely new, not based at all, on what IBM owns (partly in partnership with Microsoft, which seems to be the biggest problem), the name could be less of a factor.

Be careful how you do, and describe, your development. The OS/2 license specifically prohibits reverse engineering of the code. You need to use publicly available documentation to determine how it all works, and lot of that is out of date, incomplete, or missing. I will note, that Arca Noae (and possibly the US government) has permission to do reverse engineering, so they can patch, and distribute, whatever they can figure out.

One thing, that IBM has, is an army of lawyers, which they don't use as often as one might expect, but if they decide to go after you, you will lose (at best, you won't be able to pay a lawyer enough to even begin to defend you). Best to take all possible steps to avoid that.

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Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: OS2 on emulation machine
« on: November 21, 2018, 10:58:14 pm »
I use VBox, in windows, to run ArcaOS. The default settings, for OS/2 4.5, in VBox are ridiculous, but easy to change to something reasonable. Once you get a reasonable machine configured, it is easy to install ArcaOS (use Modern, not Virtual), and tweak it from there. The Virtual Machine config, in the ArcaOS installer, does work fine with the default VBox settings for OS/2 4.5, but the performance is dismal. Network support is as simple as starting the ArcaMapper app, and attach the resources that you want.

Somewhere, I posted instructions, but I can't find that now. The instructions were actually for eCS, but ArcaOS is pretty much the same thing.

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Applications / Re: Shared folders IFS for VBox Additions, the test version
« on: November 15, 2018, 05:58:29 am »
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I uploaded a new build of VBox OS/2 Additions to my ftp:

I finally found some time to try this. First, I don't like the way it is packaged. It is difficult to easily transfer the files to the final locations, but I am sure you can do better (possibly by packaging it as an RPM, or WPI, package). Even a ZIP file, that could be unzipped over the boot drive, would be better (of course, that assumes that files are where they are expected to be). I don't know how you would handle the LIBC stuff though. That should be done with ANPM (RPM/YUM) anyway.

It is MUCH better. At least I get, what appears to be, good information when I do DIR in CMD.EXE, or 4OS/2. Even a DOS or WinOS2 window works, within the limits of what DOS does. I still do not get anything, but a blank folder, when opening the WPS drive object, and that folder does not close properly, every time.

In CMD.EXE, I cannot copy a file to another drive. It says that it cannot find the specified drive (not clear on which drive, the source, or the target). Copying a file to a new name on the source drive (no drive letters used) seems to work okay, but it said that 2 files were copied. I don't see a second file. Deleting the copied file works.

I am not sure what to make of vbxgradd.dll. I did not change the line in CONFIG.SYS, but the file is locked, so I assume that your replacement gengradd.dll is using it. I don't notice any difference in the video stuff.

I am testing in VBox 5.2.22, under win 10 1803 host, with ArcaOS 5.0.3.3 (test version) as guest. The shared folder is a directory on a FAT32 drive (no EAs, as OS/2 knows them). I use the same shared folder with XP, and win7, guests.

Another good step forward, but still not ready... :)

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General Discussion / Re: OS/2 Auto-restarting apps after crash / restart
« on: November 15, 2018, 04:42:28 am »
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I think the feature is a good one, but it needs to be expanded to be useful to a user.

I think it will be a lot of overhead, with very little advantage. Programs would need to be (re)written to use the feature, and ported programs (most of them, these days) probably wouldn't  work well with it, unless they have some major changes. Leave it on your todo list, but there are many things that need to be higher priority. Suspend/Resume comes to mind, and that may be related.

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It would even be a good one for an app to implement to allow a new type of menu option, instead of just File -> Exit or Close, now File -> Suspend or Suspend.  It updates that OS object, then exits, so it can resume right where it was later.

That is actually possible today, if the program is written to do it. I suppose that some sort of OS support would make it easier to do, but the program would need to be written to make use of such a feature. I suppose that you could just snapshot the memory spaces, but how would you handle DLLs, and things like video buffers? Sounds like a lot of, time consuming, work, to me.

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General Discussion / Re: OS/2 Auto-restarting apps after crash / restart
« on: November 14, 2018, 09:34:15 pm »
IMO, there should never be any reason to start anything that isn't in CONFIG.SYS, STARTUP.CMD, or the STARTUP folder(s), when the system is booted. If something else is running, when it shuts down, it can be manually started, if desired, when the user is successfully past the boot sequence. If something unexpected gets started, it only adds to the confusion, especially if something else got damaged at shut down.

I would say, "don't even consider the possibility". It was never a good idea, and I haven't seen any evidence that other operating systems allow such nonsense (but I haven't used most of them). Others may think otherwise.

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