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Storage / Re: How long is a HPFS CHKDSK?
« on: February 15, 2015, 07:41:43 pm »
...As for HPFS and the maxium size of the HPFS partition. In theory its 65 gigabyte but all to often have I seen HPFS volume bigger 15 to 20 GB run into a trouble running a CHKDSK. Simply because it was never that well tested with such large volumes...

My only comment on Roderick's post is that I have pretty much maxed out the HPFS386 partitions here on my machine, some 14 of them (so really 7 full-time use and 7 back-up partitions...yes, agree, not ideal but that was what I had available when I organized the install), subsequently the CHKDSK runs are pretty lengthy...but...they do complete each and every time. The partitions are either 60 or 64 Gig in size...all of them.

To the original poster: Erich, I would re-start the VM, let CHKDSK re-start and go from there...that is absolutely much too long of a runtime..my 14 partitions typically take about 10 mins...

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Applications / Re: Status of NetDrive?
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:09:34 pm »
OK, further updates.

As David pointed out the 2.1.5 GA version of the plugin appears to be much better behaved. Having said that, I can consistently connect to either the WinXP or the NAS, but both behave somewhat differently when it comes to interfacing data with them. This must be due to the actual specifics of the share definitions on both boxes.

So, what that means is the following:

1) WinXP
I am able to easily browse the photo folders...no crash, PMView stays up, no crash there or at the NetDrive level. I am NOT able to create or delete image icon thumbnails on the remote share though. I am able to copy my OS/2 photos to the remote share, extended attributes are preserved and I can see the NTFS showing them, however, PMView will not read them, instead the icon images are created on-the-fly as I open the remote share folder. Works, but talk about slow...LOL

2) NAS
This one is proving to be more problematic. File copies appear to be extremly slow...a number of times they completely errored out. As with WinXP the PMView icon thumbnail creation and delete do not appear to work as they do on a local partition, nor are the currently generated thumbnails being shown. So at the command line I see what is the extended attribute as being attached to the file, yet PMView is clearly not recognizing it and simply building the thumbnail on-the-fly as the whole image is retrieved.

So far that's it. I'll experiment a bit more as I'm getting better aquainted with both the NetDrive and the WinXP/NAS configurations.

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Applications / Re: Status of NetDrive?
« on: February 11, 2015, 12:39:17 am »
I've seen that problem using the 2.2 beta versions of ndpsmb.dll. Also happens with MP3 and WAV files. The 2.1 GA version works fine here. I'm attaching to an OS/2 Samba server.

Hi David,

Hmm..interesting...OK, I've got the following version (2.2.0) installed here:

Signature:       @#bww bitwise works GmbH.:2.2.0#@##1## 26 Feb 2014 15:33:07     ThinkCentre::en::::@@NDPSMB - SMBFS NetDrive External Plugin Build Beta4-20140226

I will give the earlier one a try and will post back.

Thanks!

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Applications / Re: Status of NetDrive?
« on: February 11, 2015, 12:35:55 am »
Hi Dariusz,

One quick question because I don't know the NSA325 at all. 

When you set up the shares on the NSA325 did you enable SMB shares for that partition?  If you didn't you would most likely see a null connection which could throw up the trap - the fact it is a sys3175 tends to point to this.

Edit: also check the password for that share is, or isn't case sensitive which could also give that problem.

Ivan,
Actually, I can mount the drive(s), I do both, 1 to the XP box and 1 to the NAS (but have previously ran in single configurations as well). Once mounted I can easily navigate using command line, or something like Larsen Commander although the WPS Drives functionality usually proves to be a problem...however, attempting to get at the image library using PMView and openning a shared folder with a large number of images consistently cuases the crash.

On the NSA325 yes, the whole partition as well as individual shares are SMB enabled. So the result of executing "detach G:\ecs\system\samba\smbtree.exe  -S --user=xxx%xxx  --debuglevel=1 >G:\TMP\smbtree.srvlst" is:

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[G:\tmp]type smbtree.srvlst
PRD
        \\TRYPIATKODS6400
LS
        \\ROUTERDLNA                    NETGEAR WNDR3800
HOME
        \\WINXP_DELL                    WINXP_DELL
        \\NAS                           BigBertha

...so I can actualy see all the shares on my LAN.

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Applications / Re: Status of NetDrive?
« on: February 10, 2015, 10:30:42 pm »
Don't worry NetDrive is still alive. Only blueprintsoftwareworks seems to be gone. But this was just a service which the developer used.
We at bitwise have regularly contact with the developer and also sell NetDrive.
regards
Silvan

Silvan,

Alright...purchase made...and NetDrive has successfully activated the registration.

Now where I thought I was running into a problem in my testing (registered vs non-registered NetDrive) would be removed I still am seeing the same problem.

What is the correct process for me to follow to log a ticket? I will look around on bitwise first...beyond this, anything else?

For others who may be seeing some/similar issue(s), I'm getting the following error as soon as I attempt to view photos (PMView, tried w/ and w/o icon creation) on a remote share (both WinXP and my NSA325 NAS):

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02-10-2015  12:08:06  SYS3175  PID 0055  TID 0003  Slot 00a1
G:\UTIL\NDFS\NDCTL.EXE
c0000005
157d67b9
P1=00000001  P2=0000000c  P3=XXXXXXXX  P4=XXXXXXXX 
EAX=0015feb0  EBX=00330150  ECX=00000000  EDX=00000000
ESI=003a2390  EDI=0033fff8 
DS=0053  DSACC=f0f3  DSLIM=ffffffff 
ES=0053  ESACC=f0f3  ESLIM=ffffffff 
FS=150b  FSACC=00f3  FSLIM=00000030
GS=0000  GSACC=****  GSLIM=********
CS:EIP=005b:157d67b9  CSACC=f0df  CSLIM=ffffffff
SS:ESP=0053:0250f934  SSACC=f0f3  SSLIM=ffffffff
EBP=0250f97c  FLG=00010246

NDPSMB.DLL 0001:003a67b9

------------------------------------------------------------

So it appears the NetDrive control module goes down. I have the process dumps for this as well, so hopefully I can upload them to bitwise.

Thanks!

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Applications / Re: Status of NetDrive?
« on: February 08, 2015, 11:40:24 pm »
Hi Dariusz,

Here we have SAMBA setup to do things like mapping a NAS partition to a drive letter.  The only slight disadvantage with that is, if the NAS is in sleep mode the first access is slow but this depends on how fast the NAS wakes up.  Other than that there are no problems we can see.  We store a lot of the photos we take of clients engineering equipment on NAS boxes and can call them up and manipulate them on there.

OK, I'm brand new to Samba...pulled all the packages (as best as I can tell) but didn't quite figure it out yet what separates out the server from the client installs...LOL...in other words, the NetDrive app with Samba plug-in is super easy.

Now regarding the functionality you outlined, I've got a question there. So with an app like PMView, are you able to successfully store the icons PMView creates in the extended attribute of a file? I'm just not sure how this type of information is/can be stored on a NTFS or Linux style partitions. Given that my NAS is currently configured with a single 160Gig NTFS partition I'm trying to test this out...

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Hardware / Re: Any luck with Azarawicz's new NIC driver for RealTek?
« on: February 08, 2015, 05:58:51 pm »
What do you mean with
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OS/2 in SERVER mode
?

The NETIO EXE allows you to run in either CLIENT or SERVER mode...I assume that simply controls which side is doing the start of the sending and perhaps the controlling of the transmission.

So, in CLIENT mode on my OS/2 box I run "netio -t 192.168.1.20", but this requires a SERVER side of the app to be running on the "other" end (namely 192.168.1.20), and for me that means I run "netio -s" on that WinXP box.

Now in SERVER mode I simply switch this around.

Why do this? I took this approach to merely understand if the CLIENT/SERVER had any impact on the throughput. If the bottleneck was networking hardware (router, switch, etc) I would have expected to see a consistent throughput regardless of which side was initiating the transfer. Meanwhile, given the different results I'm thinking the software itself (driver and/or parameters such as buffer allocation) is what appears to make the difference.

Anyways, I am no networking guru...so this is pure speculation...if anything I'm simply attempting to understand the environment a little better.

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Applications / Re: Status of NetDrive?
« on: February 08, 2015, 01:40:45 am »
Hi Dariusz,

Does your media server have an FTP server? ...

Hi Ivan,

Yes, the media server does support FTP (along with a pile of other interfaces). What you suggest would work perfectly well for the transition part of the process. However, I really wish to move the multi-media stuff over to the NAS permanently...this is because we simply have far too many photos, videos, etc, that we wish to access from other devices, be in the family room TV, tablets or cell phones.

In combination with this, I would like to continue to use apps like PMView to manage my DSLR camera image imports and manipulation before these finally end up on the NAS. Therefore, I'm looking for something that will allow me to treat the NAS storage as a typical "system drive". Given what I have seen NetDrive appears to fit that. I believe NFS would allow me to do this as well though.

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Applications / Status of NetDrive?
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:25:39 am »
What is the current status of NetDrive?

I see BMT Mirco still selling it => http://www.bmtmicro.com/BMTCatalog/os2/netdrive.html, but the actual developer site http://www.blueprintsoftwareworks.com/netdrive/ only shows up in Arabic when I attempt to go there and Google Translate appears to indicate this is some sort of skin care advertisement... :o

So....is this effectively almost abandon-ware now? Or is this still a real product? Is anyone supporting it?

I'm curious because I installed the latest version (3.1.4) to try it out, basically linking to one of my WinXP machines...it does that great. Now that my media server is here (ZyXEL NSA325) I would like to fully test it out and see to what extent I can move my multiple HPFS partitions over to that storage media. It seems like NetDrive would allow this functionality fairly easily.

NSA325 box has other interface functionality, I could deploy NFS, FTP or even TFTP, however, I would much prefer to deploy something that is more streamlined and easier to configure.

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Hardware / Re: Any luck with Azarawicz's new NIC driver for RealTek?
« on: February 07, 2015, 05:35:54 pm »
Here are my throughput numbers measured using Netio:

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OS/2 machine is in CLIENT MODE

TCP connection established.
Packet size  1k bytes:  75394 KByte/s Tx,  68437 KByte/s Rx.
Packet size  2k bytes:  74959 KByte/s Tx,  93138 KByte/s Rx.
Packet size  4k bytes:  72712 KByte/s Tx,  90809 KByte/s Rx.
Packet size  8k bytes:  83003 KByte/s Tx,  85505 KByte/s Rx.
Packet size 16k bytes:  72582 KByte/s Tx,  87206 KByte/s Rx.
Packet size 32k bytes:  72901 KByte/s Tx,  85838 KByte/s Rx.
Done.

UDP connection established.
Packet size  1k bytes:  218 KByte/s (99%) Tx,  112445 KByte/s (0%) Rx.
Packet size  2k bytes:  421 KByte/s (99%) Tx,  16891 KByte/s (0%) Rx.
Packet size  4k bytes:  262 KByte/s (99%) Tx,  32807 KByte/s (0%) Rx.
Packet size  8k bytes:  353 KByte/s (99%) Tx,  60148 KByte/s (0%) Rx.
sendto(): No buffer space available

On the UDP piece above I get this "buffer space" error...not sure why...maybe because I'm only running TCP/IP setup, no Netbios, etc....

Section below is OS/2 in SERVER mode...pretty high numbers...

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OS/2 machine is in SERVER MODE

TCP connection established.
Packet size  1k bytes:  112427 KByte/s Tx,  115555 KByte/s Rx.
Packet size  2k bytes:  112496 KByte/s Tx,  115362 KByte/s Rx.
Packet size  4k bytes:  114891 KByte/s Tx,  115573 KByte/s Rx.
Packet size  8k bytes:  114583 KByte/s Tx,  115275 KByte/s Rx.
Packet size 16k bytes:  114690 KByte/s Tx,  115306 KByte/s Rx.
Packet size 32k bytes:  115033 KByte/s Tx,  115549 KByte/s Rx.
Done.

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...I understood from an IRC channel, somebody explained to me that porting sources with that Multimac skeleton is not realy anymore possible.  That means the current Linux sources have changest that far is realy the question if a new port can be done that easly. Since David and Paul are using the same code skeleton you are most likely on a dead track, for now...

The only solution I think is when AN brings out the new FreeBSD drivers as annouched at Warpstock US.

Rodeick

Yes, you are correct. Paul did reply to my email and said that the RealTek driver was really more of a curiousity/fun thing for him as he was updating the kernel.

OK, for now, I'm going to use what I have and see where AN goes with their driver development. If anything I can contribute some testing efforts on both the 3Com and RT chipset side of things.

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Well, as it turns out, just when I was about to give up there came up a good forum search result...http://www.os2world.com/forum/index.php/topic,313.0.html where I came across an older post of Paul Smedley's where he made a test version of a RealTek driver available.

I downloaded this file (http://smedley.id.au/tmp/r8169-3.12.8.zip), and having given it a try it turns out to work on my system. As it also happens, it is the ONLY driver that works on my MIS 880G-E45 motherboard in the 1000FULL configuration.

This is a 1Gig NIC, the driver supports this speed and shows a pretty good sustained xfer rate between my LAN PCs.

I emailed Paul asking if he might be able to release an updated version of this driver?

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Storage / Re: NAS and OS/2?
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:25:19 pm »
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I'm seeing in general drives with more cache are being recommended for NAS boxes. I've decided to splurge the extra for a 7200 RPM drive.

It seems to me, that disk speed (including cache) is a non issue. The 1 Gbps network interface is very much slower than any hard disk, and that will be the limiting factor for speed. It doesn't matter how many clients you use, the limit is still 1 Gbps. All that happens, is that each client slows down since they need to wait their turn for network access. I suppose that a second (third etc.) NIC might speed things up, if you configured the network properly...

Doug,

Worst case scenario is that I have my 1Gig pathway saturated with multiple clients all looking for a different piece of data...if that is the case I want to be able to put a HD in that NAS enclosure that will not have a hard time getting the data the client needs, 7200 is faster then 5400, heck, 10K is even better...and SDD is simply awesome.

Here are some benchmarks (http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas-reviews/31906-zyxel-nsa325-2-bay-power-plus-media-server-reviewed?start=4) on the NSa325 unit, as you can tell, the sustained xfer rate is pretty high in a number of test cases, we are talking > 75MB/s...so if the network supports this throughput (yes, I agree, we have some challenges in OS/2) I want the storage media to handle multiple requests.

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Hardware / Re: Any luck with Azarawicz's new NIC driver for RealTek?
« on: February 06, 2015, 02:20:22 pm »
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nothing like a massive CHKDSK run against my 14 HPFS386 partitions...LOL...yeah, that hurts!!!

Sounds like self inflicted pain, to me. JFS is the answer, but that could be a bit of work.

Well, "self inflicted" or not, you have to deal with whatever technology is available at any given time. So consider that before JFS was available (and stable) to run a large partition you really had no choice and best you could do was to move to multiple HPFS386 partitions to benefit from the larger cache. There was absolutely nothing wrong with taking that direction.

I do agree, JFS is probably the answer, but before I get there I need to move the data residing across these multiple partitions to a NAS device then go re-defining my HD configuration.

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Networking / Any benefit to running dual/quad port NIC?
« on: February 06, 2015, 04:06:42 am »
So as I was experimenting with enabling my motherboard RTL8168 chipset I am coming to a conclusion that maybe a move to an Intel Pro 1000 is best.

Looking at eBay I'm finding a pile of ads for multi-port NICs. Is there an advantage to doing this on our platform? Or is this merely something useful for servers where you do run separate interfaces?

If the device driver supports this, and it would appear that it might since I was able to boot up with my 3Com and RealTek NICs both enabled and configured to be lan0 and lan1 interfaces, could I potentially set these up so that I do my download on lan0 and upload on lan1???

Could I perhaps toss my LAN communication through lan1 and all WAN stuff on lan0??? I run Privoxy on my OS/2 box and all other household devices pass through it...therefore, as you can imagine that is a LOT of traffic at times for a single NIC.

I know, maybe that's silly...no idea...just thinking out-loud...LOL...

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