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Applications / Re: SkyChart from 1990
« on: December 17, 2020, 04:23:20 pm »
NightVision OS/2 has already all the functions of SkyChart and more. But if you require access to a larger star data base, there is a Java version 5.2 which runs very well in OS/2.

Eduardo Vila Echagüe

Applications / Re: gImageReader - qt5 OCR application
« on: October 27, 2020, 03:17:05 pm »

You have left unanswered Neil's comment about dictionaries. In the URL you mention, all the languages use files with the same names. You cannot copy them together to the hunspell folder. And then, how are them installed? The readme says using npm, but npm is not available in OS2.

How would I add a dictionary?

And what are the dictionaries for? I have read documents in English, French and Spanish quite well, with no dictionaries installed.


Until the downloading is fixed - copy the appropriate language file from into ./share/hunspell

For others, the qt5core fix is linked from



I copied all the files into ./share/hunspell, but it still doesn't know English. I wonder if there should be a sub-directory structure to support different languages?

To avoid problems I just de-installed the Times New Roman provided by OS2 and installed those from Windows, files
times.ttf, timesbd.ttf, timesbi.ttf and timesi.ttf. They can be found in the System32 folder of any modern Windows version.

These fonts include Basic and Extended Greek, which is very useful if you have to quote ancient Greek phrases. Alsolots of other special symbols. To see what is the content of a font, I use the funtion Insert-Special Character of Open Office.

Eduardo Vila Echagüe

Applications / OpenOffice 4.1.7 ignores Language dictionaries
« on: February 12, 2020, 12:29:55 am »
I installed OpenOffice 4.1.7 and it is working fine. I then installed the English and Spanish dictionaries I have been using in 4.1.3, but then I noticed that when I select some part of the document and try to specify a language by means of Format Character, the installed dictionaries do not appear ticked in the Language window as in 4.1.3. A a consequence it is not possible to run an orthographic validation.

Am I doing something wrong or is it a problem of the 4.1.7 release?

Eduardo Vila Echagüe
Santiago, Chile

Applications / Re: Strange PDF file problem using Lucide...
« on: October 23, 2019, 12:20:03 am »

As you seem not to have  a test system, you could use our group for testing. Can you provide us with a sample of those Bills you cannot open with Lucide? Then you will know if the problem is with your system, with Lucide or with the PDF. I use both Lucide and qpdfview with no problem with any of the PDFs issued by my service providers


Applications / Re: Strange PDF file problem using Lucide...
« on: October 18, 2019, 05:41:20 am »
Have you tried qpdfview?

Events / Re: Warpstock 2018 Questions
« on: September 05, 2018, 08:43:28 pm »
Hola, Martín,

I see in the Agenda a topic: ArcaOS preloaded computers.

I would like to know it there will be any ArcaOS preloaded laptop.


Eduardo Vila Echagüe
Santiago, Chile

Hardware / Re: Time for a OS/2 box
« on: April 05, 2018, 01:14:26 am »
I think an alternative could be that Arca Noae approaches some existing laptop manufacturer and work together the more needed drivers for one of their current models. Some way should be found for the coexistance of Windows and ArcaOS. Most OS/2 fans will buy that model. Perhaps some enterprises also. The total market I think will be a few thousands.

Eduardo Vila Echagüe
Santiago, Chile


I checked again in my ArcaOS 5.02, with Firefox 38.0 and 45.9. I don't get the error message neither in the first opening nor later. No idea why.


When I open in my ArcaOS 5.0 (with many RPM updates), I get the error

When I do the same in my ArcaOS 5.0.2 (with no updates), there is no error.

I hope this helps.

Eduardo Vila Echagüe
Santiago, Chile

Applications / Re: Lotus WordPro for OS/2 under ArcaOS
« on: January 18, 2018, 01:46:48 pm »
I have installed Lotus Smart Suite for OS/2 in practically all versions of OS/2, including ArcaOS, with no problems at all. To be sure, follow Greg's recomendation.

Internet / Re: Availability of Firefox 45.9.0 as .rpm file
« on: October 06, 2017, 09:47:14 pm »
The Hobbes .zip includes a file RPM_REQUIREMENTS. Most are the same versions a 45.05. I couldn't find in netlabs-rel the new versions for libc, libc-devel (0.6.6-35) and libcx (0.6.0-1), so I kept the previous one. Firefox start but in Help-About it still says 45.5!

Setup & Installation / Re: Help with Yum
« on: June 25, 2017, 05:14:11 am »
I added  i686-OS/2-OS/2 to @UNIXROOT\etc\rpm\platform as suggested by Dave, and my YUM could see the i686 repository. However, when I tried to install the libraries required for Firefox 45.5 using YUM, an error occurred, after which YUM didn't work any more.

As I couldn't recover YUM, except by reinstalling the ECS 2.2, I used a quick and dirty solution, I copied the @UNIXROOT\usr directory from a working ArcaOS system to the disk where my ECS 2.2 resides. In this way I could start Firefox 45.5 with no problem.

However, now I don't have a way to update my libraries in this system, either by using YUM directly of through ANPM.

Thanks for your help.

Setup & Installation / Help with Yum
« on: June 23, 2017, 01:33:05 am »
In a recently installed ECS 2.2 Beta 2, I try to install the libraries needed for Firefox 45.5, but when I run

 YUM Install ..(.list of required libraries)

it doesn't find several of them (e.g. Cairo, Pango, etc)

However, if I do the same in ArcaOS, it finds them all.

By using YUM list, I saw that in ArcaOS Yum has access to both .i386 and .i686 libraries, but in ECS it only has access to i.386 libraries. The missing libraries in my ECS are all of the i686 type.

How can I 'upgrade' YUM in order to have access to both type of libraries? I know it is possible, because in an old ECS  I have, yum sees both types. But I don't remember how it was done.

Eduardo Vila Echagüe

Applications / Re: Visual BASIC for OS/2
« on: June 17, 2017, 05:26:50 am »

Yes, I meant IBM VisualAge for Basic for OS/2. There was also an IBM VisualAge for Basic for Windows NT which I also have and tested. In my period as IBM Chile Software Manager (1995-1997) I never heard of any MS software capable of running in OS2 (with the exception of those running in WinOS2) If it existed, it must be from a much earlier period.

Eduardo Vila Echagüe
Santiago, Chile

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