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Storage / Re: NAS and OS/2?
« on: February 04, 2015, 02:57:28 pm »
Any opinions on choice of disks for these systems?

Green drives for saving money?
Black drives for performance?
Red NAS drives for some other reason?

What makes a good drive for a NAS application?

Does everyone think those NAS enclosures have or maintain good security?  I would think that NAS systems based on a linux distribution would have regular security updates & fixes.  How does that compare/contrast to the NAS enclosures approach?

Applications / Re: OpenOffice 4.1.1 GA - pre-requisite uninstall?
« on: February 03, 2015, 12:42:02 am »
Can anyone point me to where I might obtain the 14.106 SMP kernel?  And is there any reason it should not work with eCs 2.0?

Storage / Re: NAS and OS/2?
« on: February 03, 2015, 12:39:18 am »

Thanks very much for sharing your experience.  In this case, I have an interest in a low power consuming NAS (gigabit & 2T useable storage) that would have RAID mirror so that if I lost a disk, I could replace the bad disk and be back up to speed without losing data.  I have offline USB drives I can use for backups.

Would prefer one that doesn't require Win to setup since I don't own one of those machines.  I've been thinking of FreeNAS but getting it into a low power consuming system didn't seem all that easy to me.  I'm able to build my own systems, but I'm not an expert.

Thanks again.

Storage / Re: NAS and OS/2?
« on: January 31, 2015, 01:02:28 am »
I have heard stories that the RAID versions of NAS system require matching drives to work.  So you could not use two 1T drives from two different manufacturers.  And perhaps not even a mix of WD Caviar Blue & Green, etc.  For those who have been using them, can you confirm or deny the stories I've been hearing?

It puts a damper on my enthusiasm to find out that if one of my raid drives go out, I may have a very rough time trying to find a matching replacement drive if there were such a requirement.

Applications / Re: OpenOffice 4.1.1 GA - pre-requisite uninstall?
« on: January 29, 2015, 02:58:58 pm »

Here I can run both AOO & FF24 at the same time.  I can print a couple of pages from a basic document in AOO at the same time too.   I'm using 14.104SMP kernel.  I have not set any DLLs to run in highmem.

Applications / Re: OpenOffice 4.1.1 GA - pre-requisite uninstall?
« on: January 27, 2015, 01:38:40 am »
I've uninstalled OOoWPS 1.0.3 from the system.  I rebooted.  Then reinstalled the package.  I rebooted.  The reinstall only asked for the install directories for the OOoWPS  other wizard product installed along side.  No where did is ask where AOO was installed.

AssocEdit still shows both version associations present.  And the 4.1.1 is the default application.

Clicking on a WPS icon for a ODS file (Spreadsheet), the system now tells me...  OOoWPS Support Agreement for for eComStation and OS/2 is require in order to open, view or print the document.

The system does not start OpenOffice in any version now.

The context menu showed both 3.2 & 4.1.1 programs are associated with it.

I then walked through all file extensions and removed the 3.2 references.  When completed I rebooted the system.

Clicking on a WPS icon for a ODS file still gives me the same dialog and it still does not launch any program.

I can get the open context menu and it shows only the 4.1.1 program.

Any other ideas?   Until I get this fixed, I'll just have to use the open context menu rather than just double clicking the icon.

>> Follow up....

I downloaded from Mensys my ecs 2.1 CD3 and found the OOoWps installer again.  But it also had the ooodoc.cmd that I did not have before.  I uninstalled the OOoWps and reinstalled that software.  Then ran ooodoc.cmd.  It seems to have fixed my problem.  Now I can double click and office document and it opens in 4.1.1.  I hope this helps others plan their updates.

>> Follow up...   (1/28/15)

My next reboot found that I'd lost the desktop.  Perhaps all that goofing around with desktop settings  messed something up.

I restored a desttop from before the install of 4.1.1 took place.  So I've lost my AssocEdit setting changes, and my AOO 4.1.1 desktop changes.

I uninstalled AOO and reinstalled it again.  The AOO 4.1.1 desktop folder & icons are back.  Still had the same problem with opening a document though.  (Opens 3.2 instead of 4.1.1).  So I tried to run the ooodoc.cmd again.  This gave me enough errors that I decided I had no idea how to make it work.  But it didn't seem to have done any damage either.  So plan B was to open AssocEdit again and remove the 3.2 association with some (but not all, I'm  lazy) of the file extensions.   I selected the ones I'm most likely to see based on what I've seen over the years.

For now, things are working just fine.  Double clicking documents open up 4.1.1 as I want.

Hopefully others will have better luck than I.

Applications / Re: OpenOffice 4.1.1 GA - pre-requisite uninstall?
« on: January 23, 2015, 02:58:40 pm »

I have OpenOffice  in Warpin lines that show 3.2, 1.02, & 1.03.  They do not appear different other than the version number.  The 1.03 is obvious enough.  But what about 1.02.  Was that installed as part of 1.03 or would you suspect that we had a mysterious version of OOoWPS102.wpi that I installed first, then installed OOoWPS103.wpi later leaving the first one installed?

In essence, I have a 1.02 version line for OpenOffice in Warpin that is a mystery to me.  Anyone who has a clue about this and could shed some light would make me feed more comfortable about it.

Unless I hear otherwise, I'm inclined to think that there was a OOoWPS102.wpi that I installed, and I can safely remove it along with OOoWPS103.wpi.

Applications / Re: OpenOffice 4.1.1 GA - pre-requisite uninstall?
« on: January 21, 2015, 12:48:55 am »

It was a bit more difficult as you might imagine.  It seems that 3.2 & 4.1.1 all say the same thing, "Base" "Text Document" "Base" "Impress", etc.

So I got the idea of opening the AOO 4.1.1 folder and renaming each of the program appending a 4.1.1 text value to them.   After that change, using AssocEdit works a bit better because I can see the differences... "Text Document" & "Text Document 4.1.1" allowing me to differentiate between each and select the default.  But looking at the open menu (Open as...) does show the 4.1.1 as the top element and the default selection.

It doesn't take affect without a reboot.  I'll reboot and see if it picks up the changes.

A reboot doesn't change WPS action.  I can see that the 4.1.1 is selected as default from the open menu, but I have to select it specifically or it will open in 3.2 by default.  I had hoped this would work better than it did.

Applications / Re: OpenOffice 4.1.1 GA - pre-requisite uninstall?
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:19:43 pm »
Ivan,  thanks, but running that command yields the following message: This script is to be used only for installation process.

I'll review the script and see if I can remove this requirement.  But anytime I think of doing something like that, I'm left wondering they might have had a good reason to include this requirement in the script.  So, I'm not so eager to rush into such a change.

Leo, do you mean uninstall 3.2  as opposed to 2.0?  I'm not sure I'm ready to uninstall 3.2 just yet.  I hope it never happens, but if I try to open a document I created with 3.2 and it doesn't open with 4.x, I'd like to keep the 3.2 around to edit that document.  Sounds unlikely, but I've  been bitten before by other applications.  If I have to, I'll edit every one of my existing documents in 4.x to make me feel more comfortable and then I'll be much more likely to uninstall 3.2.


Follow up:  I've run the command using [boot] and my ApacheOpenOffice4 install directory as parameters.  I'll test before reboot and after a reboot to see if any change in behavior is noted.

It didn't work after the cmd was completed.  Nor did it work after a reboot.  And by work, I mean the associations for WPS still used the older 3.2 version rather than the newer 4.x version when it launched for a document.

Anyone think uninstalling just OOoWPS103.wpi and reinstalling that package with parms that point to AOO 4.1.1 will work ok?  Leo suggest I can choose the directory during that install.

Applications / Re: OpenOffice 4.1.1 GA - pre-requisite uninstall?
« on: January 17, 2015, 04:56:58 am »
I've installed AOO4 along side my OO3.2 install.  My old 3.2 system had WPS integration.  After my install was finished, I found that WPS still uses the older 3.2 instead of the new 4.1.1.  (after a reboot of course)

From what I've read here, I haven't done anything wrong,  If  I have, please share.  If not, anyone have any ideas on how I might get WPS integration to use 4.1.1 instead?

Programming / Re: WDSibyl-Library ALpha 5
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:02:35 am »

Is this just a library, or is your link an entire WDSibyl 4.0 compiler & IDE?  I can't tell by just looking at the contents.


Events / Re: Are you going to WarpStock USA?
« on: September 14, 2014, 08:54:08 pm »

I've donated a bit to the cause as well.

As for the walk, don't worry about it.  I'll have a car and be driving each day.  I can give you a lift to and from the event.  This should also let you look a little wider for a hotel as well.

Looking forward to the event!


Marketplace / Re: Free (almost) OS/2 stuff!
« on: September 13, 2014, 12:27:45 am »
If you ever change your mind and allow us to mail  you checks, please let me know.  I don't have a paypal account.

I don't think you need a PayPal account.  I would just send you an invoice via email, with a URL link back to PayPal.  PayPal takes all sorts of payment methods, including credit cards and checks. 

I am taking Martin's books to the post office today to get final word on shipping cost.

Then I'll take you up on this if it works this way.  No problem.  (


Marketplace / Re: Free (almost) OS/2 stuff!
« on: September 06, 2014, 01:54:31 am »

If you ever change your mind and allow us to mail  you checks, please let me know.  I don't have a paypal account.

I'd love to have
  • Writing OS/2 Rexx Programs
  • Effective MultiThreading in OS/2
  • OS/2 Warp Programming for Dummies

I have most of the other books.  And I love your KeyRing/2 app.    I would not be surprised if I have an E-Racer/2 license as well.

Mark Vollmer

Setup & Installation / Re: eCS 2.1 yum update urlgrabber problem
« on: August 15, 2014, 01:10:18 am »
Changing the directory to lower case did indeed solve the problem. 

For what its worth, this is on a HPFS formatted disk.

Thanks everyone for their help.  I'll have to keep the case of the directory and file names in my mind as I work with yum and all related.

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