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Messages - Michael Holzapfel

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Applications / Re: qpdfview
« on: March 05, 2015, 09:34:09 pm »

Thanks for the nice "because it appears that you don't even know whats going on." You can be sure I KNOW WHATS GOING ON!!!!

When I read such comments I really wonder why I invest sooooooooooooo much time in porting any software for free. But so it goes.
And I didn't even say you should contribute in yum or whatever. I only mentioned the readme/install text files.

So instead of writing IMHO usless stuff about how you dislike yum, send me a changed install.os2. I personally like yum and it works like a charm here. And of course you are free to dislike yum, we don't urge anyone to use it.


Dear Silvan,

I think it's now time to say a big thank you to you (and all the others involved in this development)  for all your efforts.  :)
A system like rpm/yum for keeping all the depended software up to date is highly appreciated. I have always looked enviously at the Linux users. Now it is very easy to keep all my OS/2 systems (Currently 4)  up to date. Its easy just to tell the system "yum update".
Additionally it was never so easy to get an aligned build system with gcc and all the important libraries.

Looking forward to have all the remaining libs (and progs?) included into the yum-system. 

Best regards

Storage / Re: NAS and OS/2?
« on: February 06, 2015, 10:51:24 am »
Finally! Someone is using os/2 as NAS Server. I run nearly same setup as Doug, samba is running as a PDC, virtual box provides a winXP  terminal-server for this domain, cups provides printing service and mediatomb for video streaming. All in 24/7 operation, very solid.

If I would have some more time, I should mention this in the wiki here...

Hm.. nothing about metiatomb.exe in popuplog.os2. Downgrade to 0.6.6-22 with same result. Switched back to netlabs-rel (libc-0.6.5) and it works again.

One of the recent updates on netlabs-exp channel (probably libc) broke mediatomb. I get the following message:

MediaTomb UPnP Server version 0.12.0 -

Copyright 2005-2008 Gena Batsyan, Sergey Bostandzhyan, Leonhard Wimmer.
MediaTomb is free software, covered by the GNU General Public License version 2

2015-01-29 12:55:49    INFO: MediaTomb configuration was created in: /mediatomb/
2015-01-29 12:55:49    INFO: Loading configuration from: /mediatomb/home/.mediat
2015-01-29 12:55:49    INFO: UUID generated: c457b2a0-a7ad-11e4-83b7-4303a755463
2015-01-29 12:55:49    INFO: Checking configuration...
terminate called after throwing an instance of 'zmm::Exception'
terminate called recursively

Killed by SIGABRT
pid=0x0052 ppid=0x0051 tid=0x0001 slot=0x00b7 pri=0x0200 mc=0x0001 ps=0x0010
Process dumping was disabled, use DUMPPROC / PROCDUMP to enable it.

My question is, where to place the bug report? Is it really libc ( )?
Thanks for your comments

General Discussion / OS/4 kernel development
« on: May 31, 2014, 10:11:38 am »
And, I think - OS/4 kernel is going into wrong direction now (even if ignore rhis "reverse - engeneering" problem). But, buildable kernel sources still can help in testing and development - in many cases.
Please share your thoughts with us...

Setup & Installation / Re: Cups won't print PDFs
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:33:59 pm »
Hm... know problem to me also with some special pfd's. Try bitmap-printing with lucide.

Article Discussions / Re: QSInit Loader - a big THANK YOU!!
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:02:41 pm »
Some kind of MS-DOS XMS-like api can be made on its base - but this require own time and hero ;)
Ha, for sure it does not require an 45 your old fortran77 programmer who led an numerical simulation team decades ago.... :-\

Article Discussions / QSInit Loader - a big THANK YOU!!
« on: January 19, 2014, 09:43:51 pm »
Hi all,

just want to say a big thank you to the developer(s) of QSInit!!  :D
Writing here from an AMD-System with 8 Gig RAM, running eCS beta II. The ramdisk feature runs with traditional loader and kernel (14.106_SMP) and recent ACPI 3.22.03 (w/o /VW switch).
Furthermore I have updated my little homeserver with a new MSI C847MS-E33 Celeron 847  NM70 board. Thanks to new QS-Loader the system works now with full 4 Gig RAM and recent ACPI 3.22.03 (!) with /vw switch. Mensys loader only provided 512 MB. :o
So at least on some systems QS-Loader is much better than described in it's docs.
Happy testing to everyone - Its definitely worth a try.

Programming / Re: Closed source parts of eComStation
« on: January 16, 2014, 01:49:15 pm »
Do we still require the old Microsoft C to compile drivers? any thoughts?
The recent device drivers require openwatcom compiler (e.q. os2ahci), but of course are still depending on DDK and Toolkit.

Programming / Re: Closed source parts of eComStation
« on: January 16, 2014, 07:31:34 am »
After that, it is likely to be up to the users to provide drivers for the rest of the hardware that is out there. Somebody, with a little knowledge of software, and hardware, could make a nice hobby of making the drivers, once they figure out how to do it (apparently documented, in some detail).
Most probably these volunteers need access to the DDK, which is not available online. So it is hard for "hobby-programmers" to provide code for device drivers or even experiment with the existing code.

Programming / Re: Closed source parts of eComStation
« on: January 14, 2014, 12:42:45 pm »
Could you please name one OS/2 application or one use case where we need more than 4 GB RAM?
Well, darktable and rawtherapee would be my candidates. Using eCS on daily base becomes more and more difficult to meet the requirements of digital photography.

Furthermore storing large video files (4K) for NAS-services like mediatomb is a real pain with the 2TB fize limitation for file systems.

The foregoing discussion increasingly resembles that of the transition from 16 to 32 bit operating systems. For a long time Microsoft had denied the need of 32 bit systems. We as eCS-users don't even have the possibility to use tools like dos-extenders to utilize all the available memory on our hardware.


Setup & Installation / Re: UEFI & SecureBoot?
« on: July 30, 2013, 07:14:11 pm »
This message normally applies when DANIS506 has already occupied the adapter (see OS2AHCI's RMRC_RES_ALREADY_CLAIMED message). Changing the boot sequence (1st: OS2AHCI, 2nd: DANIS506) should work.

If not, consider opening a ticket in

Article Discussions / Re: eComStation 2.2 Beta First Impressions
« on: March 27, 2013, 08:21:03 am »
One of the problems was that I missed turning off the RPM/YUM junk (well hidden, in a not so obvious place). The installer crapped out in the middle of phase 2, because it couldn't install ODIN. ??????

Hi guys,

please stop blaming RPM/YUM! Its one of the best eCS-Invention we ever had! The configuration of all provided unix-apps is very easy. Updating to the latest porting-level also. So much easier to handle than e.g. Paul's build environment.
Recompiling svn-sources like odin runs out of the box. Things like this were a big problem every time before, because everyone had a slightly different configurated build tree.
So finally please accept that we heavily depend on unix-ported software. So lets make the developers (and software distributors) the life as easy as possible. I'd prefer to let them porting additional software instead of trying to comply with every users mood.

Best regards

Applications / Re: vbox os2 and nat port forwarding
« on: March 27, 2013, 08:10:39 am »
... of course its working. I have here an XP-rdp server running inside a eCS-hosted vbox. Using NAT and the following script:

VBoxManage setextradata "WinXPDC" "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcnet/0/LUN#0/Config/remotedesk/Protocol" TCP
VBoxManage setextradata "WinXPDC" "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcnet/0/LUN#0/Config/remotedesk/GuestPort" 3389
VBoxManage setextradata "WinXPDC" "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcnet/0/LUN#0/Config/remotedesk/HostPort" 3389

So my little eCS-Homeserver accepts rdp-logins under the ip-adress of the host-machine.

Applications / Re: Gimp on OS/2
« on: February 03, 2013, 08:46:55 pm »
Hello Paul,

any news regarding gtk port? I do not want to seem impatient, but all the links on your site do not work anymore, especially this:

Best regards

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