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Hardware / Re: USX keyboard layout
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:43:09 pm »
The picture shows the US International (Microsoft) variant (usx) which is not supported under OS/2. Only US International (ux) can be configured. The Brazil br274 could also be used for US keyboards. And the primary code page matters.

I don't know if ArcaOS ships with support drivers that can handle newer keyboard layouts? Maybe one of the reasons it's not distributed in Europe where new contracts require DIN 2137-T2 or their national counterparts?

Hardware / Re: Limitation on using an USB DVD and CD writer under ArcaOS
« on: February 13, 2018, 06:50:52 pm »
2Andreas Kohl: I don't know what is undocumented in OS/2 version of cdrtools. It works the same as UNIX versions. AFAIK, it uses libscg too (It wrote a string like "Unofficial libscg transport ..." to the screen when writing CD's) .
If it would use libscg properly, no warning text should be displayed. I'm using cdrecord for different Unices and even there the transport mechanisms can differ. And "unofficial" means undocumented resulting unreliable behaviour.

What is HBA?
Host bus adapter (Хост-адаптер шины) should be common term in storage topics, at least for the Intel world.

No, as I checked in my arcaos copy, it has latest OS2CDROM.DMD v. 10.163, the same as supplied with UDF 2.16
The doc of  froloff cdrtools build (and also RSJ V6) recommends to use at least OS2CDROM.DMD 10.157. Later versions of cdrecord can also deal to some degree with UDF.
So it seems the ALPHA cdrtools fork shipped via ArcaNoae RPM is using a different approach. And the contained text file doesn't match with the output from:
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cdrecord dev=help

Applications / Re: No eComStation/ArcaOs Networking on T420 with VirtualBox
« on: February 13, 2018, 11:37:53 am »
I've checked all the things listed. I'm using the Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop Adapter in the VirtualBox Hardware setting.
I would change it to the Intel PRO/1000 Server Adapter, that should be better supported under OS/2 guest systems.

What has me perplexed is that this exact same VM works fine on my other desktop and my WinXp VM works fine using the same Network Hardware settings on this T420.
There are of course differences in the used host environment.

I've manually configured the MPTS (via NAPS) settings on this machine to insure that the proper Driver is selected (MMLEM).
I cannot comment about this experimental MMLEM stuff. But I think it's purpose is for PCIe NIC support. The emulated NICs from VirtualBox (or QEMU) are mean PCI devices.

I'm simply using the Intel Gigabit E1000.OS2 NDIS2 adapter driver which delivers acceptable performance for OS/2 VMs.
My CONFIG.SYS files for VirtualBox VMs usually includes: DEVICE=\IBMCOM\MACS\E1000.OS2

Hardware / Re: Limitation on using an USB DVD and CD writer under ArcaOS
« on: February 12, 2018, 05:33:02 pm »
CD/DVD Toys are only a frontend for CDRTools, so you can use CDRECORD directly, so command line mode will be available.
Neil wrote about "undocumented" not "unavailable". I don't know how CDRTools and CDRECORD on OS/2 relate to the official cdrtools that are available for dozens of other platforms. Why not simply refer to the proper documentation for the used SPTI? Unfortunately the term "directly" introduces more complications into this topic. Usually libscg is used by cdrtools, the behaviour under OS/2 is at least undocumented or broken from the user's view.

So, this is not a problem. No idea why it cannot work for newer machines. It should work the same.
As long HBA support for OS/2 is existing there should not too much problems. That should set the limit to 10 year old workstation hardware in real life btw.

The custom version from Froloff is a bit older that that is offered in UDF package. So, it's better to install the version from UDF.
Does it mean that ArcaOS delivered an outdated or incapable version of OS2DASD.DMD?

Applications / Re: No eComStation/ArcaOs Networking on T420 with VirtualBox
« on: February 12, 2018, 09:42:40 am »
I've got a T420 running Win 7. Using VBox 5.2.6. My issue is that I can not get an DHCP IP Address to either an eComStation or ArcaOS VMs. I've tried all the various combinations of Adapter (Bridged, NAT, NAT Network, etc.) and none seem to work.
Which NDIS adapter driver was chosen during the installation process? The automatic detection of the correct adapter type is unreliable.

Simply check your VM configuration for the selected adapter type and note the hardware address. Inside the VM start MPTS to change the corresponding adapter and protocol driver configuration.

Programming / Re: Trying to build my First RPM Package
« on: February 10, 2018, 10:47:31 am »
I have come to the party late so I am a little confused about RPM.  Is RPM to be a replacement for Warpin or are they be be used together?
RPM is the redhat package manager, quite different from WarpIN which is an OS/2-aware installer. The promoted builds of RPM are only a subset and definitely not OS/2 Warp compatible. It's some kind of experimental stuff nothing for production use. If you wanna play with RPM you can still find version 3.0.6 which is an OS/2 application that can recognise at least OS/2 file names.

The package format is different but both use bz2 for compression, newer RPM also use xz for their cpio archives. So you really don't need rpm to grab the content of a RPM file. cpio and bz2 or xz and some shell script should avoid the bloatware approach in most cases.

Is Warpin to be used for ArcaOS developed programs and RPM to be used Linux ported programs?
There were no ported programs for the average user from Linux in the last years to mention. I only remember some ethernet and AHCI drivers.

Programming / Re: Trying to build my First RPM Package
« on: February 09, 2018, 11:00:18 am »
Path handling by some of the invoked tools is quite crippled. Additionally the wildcard expansion depends on the shell implementation utilised. So you're asking for problems with your *.spec file. Simply use absolute path and file names which was always recommended. Or read through some chapters of "Maximum RPM".

Setup & Installation / Re: Sort order for Qt 4 file open dialog
« on: February 07, 2018, 09:01:59 am »
What about ls -l or dir.exe -1 (one)

By using usr\libexec\bin\dir.exe -1 or ls supplied with RPM a different order is displayed, but still wrong:

Setup & Installation / Re: Sort order for Qt 4 file open dialog
« on: February 06, 2018, 08:25:59 pm »
The difference may be that sometimes collating order is active and sometimes not. IMO it should.
The environment wasn't changed. Same code page and country settings were used all the time. For the sake of completeness I should add that "dir /on" and "dir /b|sort" work correctly.

It seems that locales are not supported or completely broken in the offered KLIBC environment. There are some files in \usr\share\locale for RPM/YUM installations but in undefined state. LC_COLLATE or any real locale support is missing. The whole structure is a big fake that consists only of copied and pasted GNU message files in wrong encodings.

Setup & Installation / Re: Sort order for Qt 4 file open dialog
« on: February 06, 2018, 06:07:05 pm »

Seems like this maybe related to international character code support (judging by the differences in the sorting)? Not sure where QT port stands on this...
The same directory shows up in CMD using the builtin DIR command compared to some file managers:
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CMD         FileCommander/2   
dir         2.20      2.40
Anders     Anders    Änderung 
AnderW      Änderung  Anders   
PROG        AnderW    AnderW   
PROG.01     PROG      PROG     
PROG.1      PROG.01   PROG.01 
Änderung    PROG.1    PROG.1 
Even old OS/2 1.2 PM applications can sort correctly. Without PM only FC/2 Version 2.20 can be trusted, later versions have a strange behaviour and should for security reasons not be used in critical situations.

But why in Qt "file.1" is ranking higher than "file"? No NLS stuff should be affected.

Setup & Installation / Sort order for Qt 4 file open dialog
« on: February 06, 2018, 03:33:54 pm »
Does somebody know about a hidden switch to display the correct sort order in Qt's File Open that's corresponding to the setting for the PM?

Off Topic discussions / Re: Great emulator for PDP-11, Bell Research UNIX
« on: February 06, 2018, 04:39:29 am »
$3,000 for DOS version. Probably the same price for OS/2.
The demo version is free and unlimited for personal use.
The full version that offers advanced features costs only $4,999.

The  Hercules S/390 emulator  is free and open.
And cannot emulate a PDP-11. Other options would be SIMH and MAME.

If you have yum and rpm, you could probably point your yum.conf over there and be up and running in no time.
Great fake news. The mentioned perversion of RPM is not capable to do it at all. But you can prove me wrong by simply building it from the Source RPM ( using the YUM-supplied build environment.

Off Topic discussions / Re: Great emulator for PDP-11, Bell Research UNIX
« on: February 05, 2018, 04:55:51 pm »
Really, that's JavaScript? Why not simply using Ersatz-11 that runs natively under OS/2.

Applications / Re: NWCALLS DLL ?
« on: January 31, 2018, 11:34:16 pm »
The file can be easily found at the OS/2 Warp Connect CD-ROM or any compatible later product which includes the NetWare Client for OS/2.

Product Refresh:

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: SSL OS/2world
« on: January 27, 2018, 05:07:02 am »
No bullets for unordered lists show up now. Please check that, it seems that the style sheets got broken.
That's not correct. I was talking about different issues and giving only one example. I cannot make any comment about relations. I don't know about the content of the configuration file or the server configuration.

To the facts:
Your Common.css (from 2017) tries to use the templates Editnotice‏‎ and Refbegin‏‎, which are not available.

Further you try to use extensions without the installation of the required backend libraries.
Especially GIF files will create a visual hell when resized.

The easiest workaround is to display a message to use older Mozilla builds for OS/2 or to migrate to Windows-based Mozilla applications which you're already using for editing.

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