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Applications / Re: REXX libraries 1.1.1 (from Samba 1.3)
« on: December 08, 2016, 09:09:56 pm »
For VX-REXX VROBJ.DLL the internal version number must be 2.1d. It really dates from 1995, when VX-REXX development was stopped by Watcom.

The one that you got is likely not lxlited and definitely has a false date stamp.

For PR1Util.DLL I cannot rule out that I overlooked a version, I will check that.

Programming / Re: os4: KEE update notification
« on: December 07, 2016, 07:07:11 am »

as the porters of Virtualbox for OS/2, we are certainly interested in providing proper hardware assisted VT. However, providing these in the kernel does limit the possible customer base considerably, as many customers simply will refuse to use OS/4 kernel (we do not need to repeat the discussion about that, it is a fact beyond our scope of influence).

Nevertheless, we are interested in testing and discussion of the whole issue.

Please, drop me a note, on how to procede.

Thank you!

Herwig Bauernfeind
bww bitwiseworks

Applications / Re: VirtualBox 5.0.6 First Impressions
« on: November 14, 2016, 04:22:50 pm »
Revised ReadMe-OS2.txt
VirtualBox for OS/2 OSE Edition BETA

Version 5.0.6_OSE r141


This is a build of VirtualBox 5.0.6_OSE_r141 Edition for OS/2.

bww bitwise works GmbH. undertook the effort to provide an updated
version of VirtualBox for OS/2. Please note, that this version is not
supported by Oracle Corporation.


How to "Install" and Run

1. Run the following lines in order to install all required rpm/yum packages

   yum install libc libgcc1 libcx libstdc++6 libstdc++
   yum install libsupc++6 libsupc++ libgcc-fwd
   yum install gettext libxml2 libxslt openssl libcurl zlib
   yum install libidl libvncserver libaio SDL glib2
   yum install libqt4 pthread libvpx libpng libjpeg
   yum install urpo yum install expat curl mmap

2. Unpack this archive somewhere.

3. Make sure you have a dot (.) in your LIBPATH statement in CONFIG.SYS.

4. Put the following line at the beginning of your CONFIG.SYS
   and reboot:


5. Go to <somewhere> and run VirtualBox.exe (Qt GUI frontend).

6. Note that by default VirtualBox stores all user data in the
   %HOME%\.VirtualBox directory. If %HOME% is not set, it will use
   the <boot_drive>:\.VirtualBox directory. In either case, you may
   overwrite the location of this directory using the VBOX_USER_HOME
   environment variable.

7. For best performance, it is recommended to install the VirtualBox
   Guest Additions to the guest OS. The archive containing the ISO
   image with Guest Additions for supported guest OSes (Windows,
   Linux, OS/2) is named


   where 5.0.6 is the version number (it's best if it matches the version
   number of this VirtualBox package).
   In case the ISO is missing from the archive it can be downloaded from

   Download this ZIP from the same location you took this archive from
   and unpack the contents to the directory containing VirtualBox.exe.
   After that, you can mount the Additions ISO in the Qt GUI by selecting
   Devices -> Install Guest Additions... from the menu.

Documentation and Support

Please visit where you can find a lot of useful
information about VirtualBox. There is a Community section where you can
try to request some help from other OS/2 users of VirtualBox.

You can download the User Manual for the latest official release of
VirtualBox using this URL:

OS/2 Specific Features

This section describes the features that are specific to the OS/2 version
of VirtualBox and may be absent in versions for other platforms.

1. System key combinations such as Alt+Tab, Ctrl+Esc are currently always
   grabbed by the host and never reach the guest even when the keyboard
   is captured. In order to send these combinations to the guest OS, use
   the following shortcuts (where Host is the host key defined in the
   global settings dialog):

   Host+` (Tilde/Backquote)  =>  Ctrl+Esc
   Host+1                    =>  Alt+Tab
   Host+2                    =>  Alt+Shift+Tab

2. If you use two or more keyboard layouts on the OS/2 host (e.g. English
   and Russian), make sure that the keyboard is switched to the English
   layer when you work in the VirtualBox VM console window. Otherwise, some
   shortcuts that involve the Host key (in particluar, all Host+<latin_letter>
   shortcuts like Host+Q) may not work. Please note that the guest keyboard
   layout has nothing to do with the host layout so you will still be able to
   switch layouts in the guest using its own means.

3. Make sure you do not do 'set LIBPATHSTRICT=T' in the environment you start
   VirtualBox from: it will make the VirtualBox keyboard hook screw up your
   host desktop (a workaround is to be found).
4. AMD-V/VTx is not supported on OS/2 host (and never was). Hardware-assisted
   virtualization is not supported, because some features are missing from
   OS/2 kernel.

5. The PAE/NX setting which is required by certain Linux distributions in
   order to work, is available and workable.
6. Best experience with RAM hungry guests such as Windows currently can be
   achieved by using the unofficial OS/4 Kernel and setting VALIMIT to 3072.

Current Issues / TODOs

* FE/Qt (Qt GUI frontend):

  - Seamless mode (no top-level window transparency on OS/2).
  - Keyboard driver to intercept system key combinations
    (Alt+Tab etc.)

* Devices:

  - Audio.
  - Host interface networking.
  - Internal networking.
  - USB proxying.

* Misc:

  - Shared clipboard.
  - Installer.
  - Very slow Resume after Pause in real mode guest applications.

Programming / Re: Compiling latest samba-server
« on: June 11, 2016, 05:18:03 pm »
Hi Michael,

Samba compilation requires autoconf to be installed properly now.
Arca Noae package manager (rpm/yum frontend) is to most easy way to get it.

Applications / Re: Samba -- Can't make it work!
« on: February 11, 2014, 07:57:59 am »
Dougs description is absolutely correct.

Applications / Re: Samba -- Can't make it work!
« on: February 08, 2014, 03:08:02 pm »
something must have gone wrong with user/pw setup.

I'd suggest to set loglevel to 5, start Samba, try to log in, stop Samba.
collect all the log files and send them to herwig.bauernfeind at and I will take alook at it.

Kind regards,

Setup & Installation / Re: Can't use Facebook and Twitter in Firefox
« on: January 30, 2013, 07:57:40 am »
Ah, interesting.

I am still using the older 8.0.1, because with the 10.0.12 I cannot get Facebook Chat to work ("Cannot connect ..."), even with a new profile.

Setup & Installation / Re: Can't use Facebook and Twitter in Firefox
« on: January 28, 2013, 07:35:11 am »
Make sure you have set
You may set that by using about:config

This definitely fixes non-flash related Facebook crashes. The same applies for several other sites - don't know for Twitter at the moment.

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