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Programming / Compiling PMMail with GCC 4.9.2
« on: June 03, 2019, 07:42:03 pm »
I'd like to compile PMMail using GCC 4.9.2. Currently I have GCC 3.3.5 and a bunch of tools working.

I had hoped to just drop in GCC 4.9.2 in place of GCC 4.9.2, but somehow my GCC 4.9.2 setup is wrong.

It compiles PMMail just fine until it hits a va_start() macro. I have the same trouble compiling the attached vatest.c

In file included from k:/programs/gcc/include/machine/stdarg.h:2:0,
                 from k:/programs/gcc/include/stdarg.h:2,
                 from vatest.c:1:
vatest.c: In function 'int sum(int, ...)':
vatest.c:18:4: error: '__builtin_stdarg_start' was not declared in this scope
    va_start(ap, num_args);

Those don't look like the right include files to me. Something is wrong, but what?

Multimedia / SYBA USB Stereo Sound Adapter: Good or bad?
« on: May 24, 2019, 12:38:39 am »
I'm trying out the SYBA USB Stereo Sound Adapter.

So far, I'm not getting sound. The package advertises that it uses CMedia CM119. I'm attaching the dump from USBDock. The device is 0D8C:0008

I installed ArcaOS with no sound adapter, then installed the USB Audio driver. This has worked in the past for some other adapter I no longer have.

Should this adapter work?

Hardware / AS400 and IBM Access Client Solution (ACS)
« on: February 04, 2019, 03:47:49 pm »
I've got a Affirmative Unicomp 1225T 5250 Model M 122-Key PS2 Buckling Spring Keyboard (See attachment for picture)

I had to hook it to the computer using a Belkin USB adapter. It seems to work. Is there anything I need to do to have the system recognize all 122 keys? I have ArcaOS 5.0.3 running, and the last version of Personal Communications.

I'm trying to support Access to an AS400.
Neil still using that old piece of shit? Is that a very old AS400 customer? Or does he have a later >=V7R1 release? If so i strongly suggest to use IBM i Access Client Solution (ACS in short). It's written in Java and works like a charm. I use it daily, as thats my main development job


This didn't go anywhere for me until now. The customer just upgraded his very old AS400. Now I should be able to use ACS. I have downloaded a copy of Access Client Solution, but I don't see how to start it using OS/2. Do you use a command file or something? I tried starting from command line:

{0}[k:\programs\iaccess] java -jar acsbundle.jar
java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: com/ibm/iaccess/launch/AcsLaunchPad : Un
supported major.minor version 52.0
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass1(Native Method)
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass(
        at Method)
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
        at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
Could not find the main class: Program will

Setup & Installation / Adding and Removing Printer drivers
« on: December 30, 2018, 05:00:45 pm »
This ought to be straightforward. The list of installed printers is listed in any printer driver properties. You select the one you want, and the system deletes it.

But sometimes it doesn't. It may give the message that the printer driver cannot be deleted because it is in use by one or more printers. But examining the other printer objects shows that none are using it.

Manage Printers gives the same behavior and messages, so it's probably not some GUI bug. What is going on?

Storage / Chkdsk log formatter
« on: October 23, 2018, 12:24:17 am »
I used the check disk log formatter, CHKLGJFS.EXE to format the log file for my JFS formatted disk. The version is 1.9.5 by D Azarewicz.

I don't know what it means, so I'm attaching it here. I only included the first few lines. OS/2 World does not permit the whole file to be uploaded. It's too big.

Hardware / 122-Key keyboard
« on: September 26, 2018, 12:45:08 am »
I've got a Affirmative Unicomp 1225T 5250 Model M 122-Key PS2 Buckling Spring Keyboard (See attachment for picture)

I had to hook it to the computer using a Belkin USB adapter. It seems to work. Is there anything I need to do to have the system recognize all 122 keys? I have ArcaOS 5.0.3 running, and the last version of Personal Communications.

I'm trying to support Access to an AS400.

Networking / Rsync vs NetDrive
« on: May 13, 2018, 05:12:12 pm »
I have two computers on a network. Several key directories on the server are replicated to the client using rsync, which seems to be successful.

I also have the computers connected via NetDrive. I have Peter Moylan's FTP Server on the server and NetDrive's client mapping the Server's FTP onto a drive letter on the client.

On the server, I have a folder with a title and real name that are different. This seems to move fine with the rsync software. I think the title is stored in the Extended Attributes. I can look locally on the client, and that is fine. But if I look at the server drive using NetDrive, I do not see the title. Is that because the title is an Extended Attribute which is not a part of the FTP service NetDrive can offer?

To show what is going on, see the attached screen shot. The right is the client's local drive, and the left is the server drive mounted through NetDrive FTP.

Applications / WPTools error message
« on: May 09, 2018, 10:20:21 pm »
I've got a client, and his INI files are likely messed up.

I asked him to run WPTools CheckINI, but he gets the error

SYS1804: The system cannot find the file PMWIN.

I'm thinking that just means PMWIN.DLL isn't in the libpath, but if PMWIN isn't in the libpath, how is OS/2 even running? So I don't really know what is going on.

Well, I missed my chance to ask, but the question I would have asked is this:

What is going on with Firefox? As it stands, I can leave the browser pointed to a modern, active webpage, and after some time, the system will reset. I've been doing this long enough to recognize kernel corruption. Firefox runs the system out of some resource, and the kernel is not protected from such a shortage.

Having solved some of these problems in legacy industrial systems, I know they are challenging to solve. Is there any hope that a future version of Firefox will be more forgiving of system shortages?

Is the problem actually in Firefox?

Mail-News / Thunderbird and a long-running script
« on: January 26, 2018, 02:52:31 am »
Sometimes Thunderbird presents a message like the attached.

Warning: Unresponsive script

A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now,
or you can continue to see if the script will complete.

Script: chrome://messenger/content/messengercompose/MsgComposeCommand.js:465

(excuse typos in above. The actual text is in the attachment.)

This is happening while typing a plain e-mail. What is going on?

Utilities / backup and restore using zip
« on: October 20, 2017, 04:20:31 am »
For years, well really decades, I've used zip and unzip to backup and restore bootable volumes.

Now with ArcaOS, it doesn't work.

I use zip -qrS to backup and unzip to restore.

Now that doesn't work because \usr is full of symbolic links that get replaced by files.

This make rpm/yum stop working.

Does anyone have an alternative, or better options for zip that backup and restore symbolic links?

Setup & Installation / Shadows on the desktop stopped working
« on: October 16, 2017, 08:45:14 pm »
One of the machines I administer (running eCS 2.2 b2) has developed a problem. I can create a shadow (of a folder, for example) on the desktop, but it does not function. Around the same time as this started happening, I got the three error messages shown in the attachments.

After rebooting the machine comes up fine, except for the shadow problem.

What is going on? Can it be fixed?

Applications / Firefox crashes on maps
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:43:49 pm »
I'm seeing a pattern with Firefox 45.5.0 beta 8 where it crashes when the mouse hovers over a map. There is no .TRP file, although there is a beep.

It does not seem to matter if the map is Google or Bing.
A new profile brought relief, but on the second try, it crashed also.
I have one other user that I know that sees the same crash displaying a map.

Does anyone else see this behavior?
Is there anything else I could submit in a bug report other than a URL?

Multimedia / USB Audio
« on: February 25, 2017, 04:10:15 pm »
Is anyone using Lars Erdmann's USB Audio? What hardware are you using?

Networking / Copying SAMBA users and groups
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:48:46 pm »
If I have a SAMBA server, and I want to migrate to new hardware, how can I transfer my users and groups from the old server to the new one?

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