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April 2000

OS/2 Tips

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Editor's note: these tips are from OS/2 users and in some cases can not be verified by myself. Please heed this as a warning that if you are not sure about something, don't do it.

March 15, 2000 - It appears that DSL is becoming a very popular wideband internet access. Configuration can be as easy as setting up a TCP/IP Network Card connection. Unfortunately it's not always that easy. Some now require a PPPOE connection. Here are some words of wisdom on setting this up from Stanley Sidlov on the Team OS/2 Help Desk Mailing List:

Thanks to FX Communications, I finally connected to Bell Atlantic w/PPPoE on OS/2.

The documentation is missing some pointers:

1. you don't configure DHCP for the Nic card you use to connect to the net

2. you do configure the nic to be an enabled lan interface (preferred to be Lan0) using a manual IP and netmask. PPPoE's configuration files will overide these IP's and netmasks when started and re-negotiate a new IP and mask. Make sure that the Injoy Firewall's configuration files have to have dynamic IP and dynamic DNS configuration. Suggested manual IP could be and This is done via the TCPIP configuration.

3. you apparently must remove all references to adaptors which are not Nic cards, e.g., I had two such on my machine, an "No Adaptor" and a "IBM MAC COM Port" adaptor. I removed both of these. I did not lose dial up to Inet via Modem capability. You would remove the additional adaptors via MPTS.

4. Follow other Injoy configuration instructions so that the MTU size is 1492 and fragmented.

March 15, 2000 - Matthew Shapiro sent in the following tip on speeding up Netscape by using a RAMDisk for caching, though I would think you could accomplish the same thing with Communicator by playing with it's own cache settings. This tip should be of benefit for any program that uses the TEMP/TMP directories. There is also an article on caching the INI files using a RAMDisk and the freeware application Updini in the August 1999 VOICE Newsletter "A Little OS/2 Magic with UPDINI" http://www.os2voice.org/VNL/past_issues/VNL0899H/vnewsf3.htm:

Netscape 4.6 in os/2 can seem slow compared to Win32 and linux. I suspect that one of the main differences is the larger disk caching capacity of the other OSs. I've managed to improve performance of several programs by effectively getting around the 2MB hpfs cache limit using SVDisk, a ramdisk that can be made large and formatted for HPFS.

I've set up an 8MB svdisk as the P drive:
In config.sys:

DEVICE=f:\svdiskd\SVDisk.sys 8192 512
CALL=f:\svdiskd\SVDC.EXE /i P:

And set as many temporary directories to the RAM drive as possible:
In config.sys:


In autoexec.bat :

set tmp=p:\wincache
set temp=p:\wincache

In Netscape's edit\preferences\set disk cache to p:\nscache

These changes use RAM for swap space and speeds many processes.

The only thing I haven't figured out yet is how to get the os2.ini and os2sys.ini files copied to and loaded from the RAM drive. [Editor: I remember reading about this but have now lost the information].

The speedup in winos/2 and many other programs is noticeable. Monitoring the free space on the SVDisk drive is key, because if it fills up, problems will happen.

SVDisk is shareware available at BMTmicro http://www.bmtmicro.com/catalog/svdisk.html

I've been using the demo so far, and have tried this method for about a week of intensive work w/o problems.

March 18, 2000 - Here's a useful tip for accessing password protected sites from Tim Martin:

Many OS/2 users subscribe to sites that are accessible only through the insertion of a User ID and Password. I'm often asked, "how can I avoid being forced to enter this each time I go to Warp City?"

So here's a trick we offer to our subscribers to avoid the annoying pop up menu asking for their ID and Password:

Create a modified url bookmark that includes your own User ID and Password. We offer this example to all members of Warp City but it can be used for ANY secure site:

Of course, you replace the 'name:password' with your own. To set it as a bookmark: highlight or mark the url above and hit 'copy' on your edit button. 'Paste' that new url in your Netscape location box and change the 'name:password' to your codes then hit enter. You'll go directly into the secure site and won't be asked for the security codes. Once there bookmark the new modified url. Whenever you want to access this particular secure site you can hit the new modified bookmark and you'll gain entry right away!

If you use ANY secure site as your home page (many members of Warp City do this) you can insert the url above (or the same type of url with any secure site) with your ID and Password in the Edit --> Navigator --> location box. When Netscape starts and calls your home page you'll gain entry to the secure site right away.

March 23, 2000 - On the OS2User List, someone was having problems installing a new FixPak, but is missing the previous fixpak's archive directory. What to do? Here is some advise from a couple of fellow OS/2 users on the list. First from Norm:

If you removed a previous 'archive' directory you're going to need to get rid of (suggest renaming first just in case) the log files from the previous FP install. Look in 'x:\os2\install' for the files:


...and look in 'x:\mmos2\install' for the files:


The 'readme' also mentions the file 'C:\CSF_SEL.000', but I've never run into a problem involving it before. Also, don't worry if every file mentioned doesn't exist, just remove those that do.

Then Karen Mansbridge-Wood added:

I've seen it, but that usually exists when you've had a failed fixpack install. In addition to removing the files you've mentioned, it is also a good idea to copy syslevel.os2 from the original installation CD back into your os2/install directory. If your syslevel file indicates a previously installed fixpack the installation will generally look for an archive file. It doesn't hurt to delete service.log either.

March 27, 2000 - Bob Eager had the answer when someone asked on comp.os.os2.apps if there was a faster way to do the following steps to find the location of a file:

1) click on the object
2) click button 2 to pop up the menu
3) click on "properties"
4) click on _File tab

Replace steps 1 to 3 by holding down Alt and double clicking on the object.

March 31, 2000 - If you are curious as to whether the Scitech Display Doctor for OS/2 supports your video card chip set. Well here is a tip from Carl Brown as posted on the Team OS/2 Help Desk List:

For anyone wondering if SDD beta xx supports xxx or has fixed xxx, the change list is at:

March 31, 2000 - Chuck McKinnis offered the following advise on POSSI Discussion List for those doing a new Warp 4 install:

The following is a little list of hints that I have found work:

As a part of the OS/2 helpdesk for the New Mexico Computer Society, I do get a number of calls regarding Warp 4 installs. You may want to put the following tips in your basket:

1. Don't let Warp 4 install any video driver except VGA. a) It may
not work, and b) you will probably wind up having to reset to VGA
anyway to install an updated driver.

2. Don't let Warp 4 install ANY printer driver. See #1.

3. Don't let Warp 4 install TCP/IP unless you really want Web Explorer,
Newsreader/2, UglyMail (oops), etc. After the install completes,
go back in the CD to x:\CID\IMG\TCPAPPS and run the install.exe.
This will let you do a selective install of TCP/IP.

4. You may find that Peer will install a little cleaner if you do not
install it with the initial install. After the initial install, go
to x:\CID\IMG\IBMPEER and run the peerrmt.exe.

April 1, 2000 - I don't use PMMail, but this looks like a really neat feature that Roger Lindmark mentioned on the Team OS/2 Help Desk List:

Go to Adress Book Manager of PMMail>Tools>Search Adresses. If you look in the options of:"Look in" you can also choose Bigfoot etc. However, not all those databases seemed to function, when I tested, but some did like Bigfoot. You just write the name of the person you are looking for and trigger Find and you will get all similar alternatives. I think this feature was introduced with PMMail/2, but I am not 100 % sure.

April 1, 2000 - So you want to figure out a direct link, FTP or HTTP, for the Comm/2 refresh? Here's a tip from Steven Levine on the IBM OS/2 Unedited Discussion List.

Yep. Use iptrace/ipformat to capture the ftp address and password. Unless the password is dynamic, wget will work fine.

Editor note: If you have never used IPTRACE/IPFORMAT, you can learn more by typing TCPHELP IPTRACE and/or TCPHELP IPFORMAT at an OS/2 command prompt. Basically IPTRACE writes all IP packets to a file (default name is IPTRACE.DMP). To stop the trace just press ENTER, or CTRL-C. Then you can use IPFORMAT | MORE or IPFORMAT > IPFORMATfilename to view the data collected which will include ip addresses as well as data sent/received.

April 3, 2000 - On comp.os.os2.setup.storage, Buddy Donnelly offered this advise on how to deal with resizing/ changing partitions with Partition Magic under WSeb's LVM(Logical Volume Manager):

Boot again from your Install disks, with the CD in place. Exit to a command prompt, navigate on the CD to \OS2IMAGE\DISK_6 (probably) and run LVM.EXE.
Hit "Enter".
Select "Create a new volume."
"Create a volume that does not need to be bootable"
"Create a compatibility volume"
"C:" (probably, assuming you installed to C:)
"Enter a name for the volume: Drive_C"
Then choose the disk and existing partition you had installed it to.
There are issues about bootable partitions that LVM might complain about, but if you've got Boot Manager or System Commander installed, they don't seem to be a problem. If you can't make this work, write me and I'll do some more experimentation here.

This mechanism is the only way to use Partition Magic with WSeB, and it allows the only way I've found to "Detach" drives from LVM. If you try to Detach a partition from within LVM, using the "Delete the volume" selection, it actually Deletes the partition completely, the sorry bastid. So use PQM to resize a partition, which keeps LVM from finding it again and giving it a drive letter, then use LVM to reattach it.

April 4, 2000 - Looking for a supply of new fonts? Judy McDermott suggested these sites on the OS/2 VOICE Help List:


April 5, 2000 - If you encounter a problem with the Fixpack 13 RSU installation process where it gives an error about not being able to find the CSF142.zip file, the following posts from the OS/2 Discussion List may be of help:

From David Eckard's post on the OS/2 Discussion List:

Detach the rsu file
open netscape
file ->open page->choose file.
browse till you find the place where you put the afore mentioned rsu
file. press the open button

Just cut and paste the following into a new file called xr_m013.rsu and proceed with the above. I haven't tried it since I'm not ready to apply FP13. Good Luck. Mark

INSTALL_PGM=ftpinstl.exe pristine
INSTALL_PARMS=service.boulder.ibm.com anonymous pspdist@vnet.ibm.com
ps/products/os2/rsu/xr_m013 FTP_SITE=service.boulder.ibm.com anonymous
pspdist@vnet.ibm.com PKG_FILE={

April 5, 2000 - Having a problem with installing the File and Print Networking (Peer) on Warp 4? Here are a couple of pointers that may help:

Unless this is a brand new install, most likely your CONFIG.SYS lines will have to be trimmed. Any line over 256 characters will cause the Peer install program to break. You can fix this by splitting up the lines and putting REM in front of the extra lines. This usually applies to PATH, LIBPATH and DPATH. Make certain that any directories required to boot your system are in the uncommented lines. Be sure to further trim any commented lines so that they are all below 256 characters in length.

If you have ever updated MPTS-TCP/IP, then the basic File and Print Networking will blowup when it tries to install the base MPTS. Run x:\CID\IMG\IBMPEER\PEERRMT.EXE off of the Warp4 CDROM? PEERRMT asks if you want to use your current MPTS and you should respond Yes.

If you still have a problem, check the peer install log file in x:\IBMINST\LOGS\LOCINSTU\ to see what it reports as the problem?

April 6, 2000 - Ever wondered what CGI was? Brandon S. Allbery has the answer on the IBM OS/2 Unedited Discussion List:

CGI is the HTTP Common Gateway Interface, a standardized way to serve pages generated on the fly by programs. On Unix, it's customary to treat files in particular directories (i.e. cgi-bin) and files with the .cgi extension as CGI scripts; but identification of CGI scripts is usually customizeable in the web server configuration (often, on Windows / OS/2 / etc., the CGI extension is set to .exe and/or .cmd, and .pl is also common when Perl is used for CGI scripting).

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