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Networking / Re: I.P. Interface pool
« on: July 21, 2018, 09:55:34 am »
use the hostid command

or check in your \mptn\bin\setup.cmd file?

Hi Remy,

When putting the MMRE driver before the FXWRAP (injoy firewall) driver, the speed increases a lot.
For those using IJFW, I suggest them having the FXWRAP device after the network device

The FXWRAP driver is ment to come after the NIC driver to the outside/external/unprotected enviroment but before the NIC driver to the inside/internal/protected network, otherwise the firewall cannot do its job 100%.



MMALC.OS2 is for the NIC connected to my external modem/router
FXWRAP.SYS is the InJoy firewall driver that will intercept the datastream from MMALC.OS2 and establish itself before the driver the the internal network is loaded.
E1000.OS2 is for the NIC connected to my internal network.

Added: Putting another driver with software between interfaces will also slow down a system depending on how much grunt your system has and the number of firewall rules. Just something we live with for the added protection.

If you are using static IP's, put it in your x:\mptn\bin\setup.cmd file on the ipconfig line for your interface, ie

    ifconfig lan0 netmask -trailers

trailers have been off for linux/unix for a long time, though there it is specified as 'notrailers', it applies to static as well as dynamic IP's.
If you are only using dhcp, you can add it as "ifconfig lan0 -trailers" to your setup.cmd file or as you say, to your dhcpcd.cfg file.

I looked at it decade(s) ago and could not see any difference. YMMV

For OS/2, '-trailers'  means turn it off, 'trailers' means turn it on. From memory that's how it worked.

Internet / Re: Moylan's FTP site - trouble?
« on: June 07, 2018, 06:50:08 pm »
Peter is still around though busy with many things. I remember Peter said he was off somewhere and I think he said he would be back next week (or there abouts). Internet in Australia is rather patchy these days, so his connection may have dropped out.

Though.. my connection is up and my traffic is about 1/5 of what it normally is over the past week, and I note that to reach Europe my connection now goes from Perth, across to Melbourne, Sydney, USA West coast, USA East coast, then over to Europe.. Perth to Singapore Undersea cable(s) down more than up lately.

Voice hosts the Weasel list (weasel-list), the last email I've received was Wednesday this week.

send an email to with the word HELP in the email body

Hardware / Re: Lenovo T420 - disabling touchpad
« on: April 28, 2018, 07:22:19 pm »
I don't have any triple digit models, happy with what I have, they all still work :) but went and disassembled a few thinkpads to refresh my memory, all the ones here, the buttons below the touchpad are controlled by the chip on the PCB under the touchpad. The buttons (2 or 3 depending on model) above the touch pad are part of the keyboard which would be logical, keep them as part of the stick so use a different controller though really, everything is programmable.

The two buttons below the touchpad on my TP R61 are not integrated, they have separate lines via a lead to the touchpad controller which are simply directed to the plug that goes to the MB.
The two buttons below the touchpad on my TP R61i (model without fingerprint thingy) go through the touchpad controller, they do not have separate lines so it seems to be very much a try it and see thing even depending on similar models. Not that this helps Andi but it does answer a sidetracked curiosity.

Maybe Andy's pointing to his setup will help Andi, if not looks likes it's time for some foil. I would not cut any Mylar cables unless you have spares!

Hardware / Re: Lenovo T420 - disabling touchpad
« on: April 28, 2018, 08:23:51 am »
Hi Ivan,

In 0-0-touchpad-1.jpg, what happens if you flip the cable grip up and remove the Mylar flat cable?
Hard to tell with the picture but do the button's control go back out to the MB or do they go to the touch PCB?
Flip the grip up and remove the flat cable and try it. Be gentle with the grip socket though, as they can sometimes break easily.

If the button activation is part of the touch controller board then what I would normally do, would not work either, that is to remove the fuse near the plug on the touchpad PCB (normally a black 0 resistor).

Internet / Re: Firefox - 45.9.0 for OS/2 GA1.1...anyone...anyone???
« on: April 21, 2018, 08:00:34 pm »
Firefox 45.9.0-3 works fine here, I downloaded the RPM file, unRPM'ed it, copied the @unixroot\usr\lib stuff to my d:\apps\firefox directory after renaming the old one to firefox_old, started fine. I haven't bothered to update anything per the required RPM list as I suspect I'm up to date anyway.

The previous version ran utube videos fine here. I haven't noticed any performance difference or any issues but then its only day 2.
I don't use yum/rpm stuff beyond unrpm'ing any rpm files required.

I have  checked a few youtube videos and every one I have looked at, University of Western Australia material, Hawkwind, Anatomy, etc, have all played well including audio. No stuttering.
FYI: I use an Intel Core2Duo 3GHz (CPU=1 in config.sys) with 4G Ram and a 500G Seagate SATA HD with 64M JFS cache. The only plugins I use are Download Helper and NoScript.

[Edited: grammar and youtube addition]

Hi Dennis,

I would also ask on!forum/ as Louis and a few others maybe able to help you. Saying that, sounds interesting and something I could still try out myself on my aging 77i.

What is going on with Firefox? As it stands, I can leave the browser pointed to a modern, active webpage, and after some time, the system will reset. I've been doing this long enough to recognize kernel corruption. Firefox runs the system out of some resource, and the kernel is not protected from such a shortage.

I back leveled libcx0.dll to libcx-0.6.0-1.oc00.i686.rpm and libc066.dll to libc-0.6.6-32.i686.rpm in an attempt to get Apache2 to run on my non server OS/2 and noticed the computer stopped being able to access the HD, leading to a PC I had to physically turn off. Took me a while to figure out it was the backleveling that did it as I'd previously had a dodgy SATA cable cause similiar problems. I also noticed as soon as I went to utube, bang, the video would start playing, sort of, but I couldn't do anything after that point apart from a cold boot, should have twigged on then it was a resource problem and not a hardware problem.

Replacing both libcx0 and libc066 to the latest versions (which I'd backed up, from libcx-0_6_1-2* and libc066.dll from a testcase one in Jan 2018) appears to have fixed this problem. You might like to try the same as I'm use to using Openoffice, firefox v45.9.0-2, and several other apps at the same time with no problems, including viewing (and mostly downloading) utube videos and university videos from Echo/Blackboard.

Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 04, 2018, 04:44:33 pm »
Martin's reply is in relation to this post up the top, and as he states, the second paragraph.

Later versions of IBM's PostScript printer driver for OS/2 include some tools for importing the PPD file. There are also different versions from third parties derived from the DCDDK source code. So this procedure should still apply.

I hope this message will pass the censorship. So I should better not write about extracting resources or files from Windows self-extracting archives with native OS/2 tools. That's the time when the Linux kids start to piss on command.

You are free to say that but it's still pointless. Your first paragraph was spot on, you get a gold star :)

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Censorship complaints
« on: February 26, 2018, 08:12:40 pm »
Hi Everyone,

Continuing this thread is pointless as it will degenerate into pointless debate and replies.

Andreas's post that started this was removed for a reason, and instead of thinking about it and moving on, Andreas simply becomes argumentative and controlling.

The purpose of is for people who use or are interested in OS/2 (and it's derivatives) to exchange information, seek help, post ideas, ask honest silly questions etc. All in a FRIENDLY and non threatening environment. If someone threatens the environment, then a moderators job is remove or change that threat.

This website or forum is not a democracy, nor is it subject to anarchy. It is not my domain, nor is it my website and as such there are lines that I can't cross.

While we all have different ways of doing things, a moderators job is to attempt to ensure that people do not unnecessarily feel threatened or that they feel unwelcome for asking a question. os2world is not a free for all, if it was it would cease to operate in a short time frame. I've been around long enough to see what happens to forums that are left open with no enforcement of even basic rules.

Moderators are people, and people are not perfect but when someone is asked more than once to give some thought to a reply, or simply not reply to something unless they have something positive to contribute to that reply, they cannot expect a moderator to keep ignoring both them and their posts. If someone wants to argue the point that they have the freedom to be rude to others on a forum that they do not own or run, they are as I stated in the second post of this thread, welcome to grab a domain and setup their own forums that they themselves control and have the freedom to run as they see fit.

I refer everyone to the second post of this thread as well as the "Rules for the Forum - Code of Conduct" at,1659.0.html

André, trolling is not a good idea, and I might suggest you check a dictionary as well.

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Censorship complaints
« on: February 23, 2018, 04:07:05 pm »
Hi Dave,

While politeness and respect are important, I think it would be kinda crappy to drive away Andreas. While he does need to learn that sometimes it is better to stay silent, he is knowledgeable and has interesting comments at times.

I would prefer Andreas and others to remain in our community because they have a lot of knowledge, and have been helpful in the past but there comes a point when something has to be said to ensure others are not driven away. Andreas simply needs to give some thought and civility to his answers before he replies.

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Censorship complaints
« on: February 20, 2018, 07:04:22 pm »
I like people that claim censorship on a forum, you are always free to create your own forum so that you can write whatever you wish but while you have access to a forum run by others, you have to play/abide by that forums rules.

No different to anyone's home you visit, you keep it friendly if you wish to be invited back, if you don't like it buy your own house then you can be yourself in your own home as is your right.

Applications / Re: Open Office 4.1
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:34:45 am »
Hi David,

I already had most of the required files installed from other software but in the readme file for OpenOffice it has:-

To install the above requirements you have two choices. Either RPM/YUM
installation or WPI installation. If you already have a working RPM/YUM
installation (which includes ANPM), then we highly recommend to use RPM/YUM
only. As mixing both might lead to several issues.

   RPM/YUM installation:
   These files can be installed with the following command:   
   yum install libc libgcc1 libgcc-fwd openssl curl libjpeg libxslt libicu zlib libxml2 mmap pthread urpo libstdc++6 libstdc++
   (all one line)
   If some of them are already installed YUM will tell you. Please also
   stay current and do regularly a YUM update.

   WPI installation:
   Download the AOO-4130-GA-rpm.wpi before you start the installation.
   This WPI is not installable. It's just a helper WPI which can be installed from
   the main Apache OpenOffice WPI. This WPI *must* reside in the same directory
   where the Apache OpenOffice WPI resides before installation.

If you like to do things manually and just grab the DLL's, assuming they are not all in AOO-4130-GA-rpm.wpi you can try dl'ing
files from if your not a yum/rpm user.

Applications / Re: Open Office 4.1
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:14:49 am »
Hi David,

All the system requirements installed as per the readme file?

** System requirements **

- OS/2 Warp 4 (FP17 or higher) or eComStation 1.x, 2.x
- 32-bit tcpip stack
- UniClip (search on hobbes for it)
- The following packages must be installed (dll only):
   libc 0.6.6
   gcc 4.9.2
   gcc 4.7.3
   gcc 4.4.4

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