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Forum: support.Apps 26 November 2019, 14:44
Replies: 13
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Posted By Olaf Barthel
Tell that to the Apple Macintosh users: in 1984...

Tell that to the Apple Macintosh users: in 1984 it shipped with as much memory as the C64 had: 64 KBytes. For the Amiga 256 KBytes of memory must have appeared to be really massive by comparison ;)
Forum: support.Apps 23 November 2019, 15:08
Replies: 13
Views: 808
Posted By Olaf Barthel
This was a different kind of bug, if I remember...

This was a different kind of bug, if I remember correctly.

No matter, the Workbench should not have needed to make sure that you would not move a directory within its subdirectory tree. The file...
Forum: support.Apps 23 November 2019, 15:06
Replies: 13
Views: 808
Posted By Olaf Barthel
This was a bug in the Intuition state machine....

This was a bug in the Intuition state machine. Timer and input events (keypresses, mouse movements, mouse clicks) flow through Intuition, and what actions are permissible is defined by what...
Forum: support.WinUAE 30 June 2019, 20:17
Replies: 17
Views: 1,286
Posted By Olaf Barthel
The "bsdsocket.library" in Roadshow is a...

The "bsdsocket.library" in Roadshow is a disk-loaded shared library, very much like the vast majority of libraries you would find in "LIBS:", such as "diskfont.library" or "iffparse.library". That...
Forum: support.Apps 17 June 2019, 14:52
Replies: 31
Views: 2,519
Posted By Olaf Barthel
I've been so thoroughly burned by trying several...

I've been so thoroughly burned by trying several times over to get a comprehensive GUI for all that Roadshow does off the ground, and failing, it's hard for me to even think about trying again now :(...
Forum: support.Apps 10 June 2019, 12:51
Replies: 31
Views: 2,519
Posted By Olaf Barthel
I totally agree to that. For example, the GUI can...

I totally agree to that. For example, the GUI can validate the IP address entered and refuse to accept invalid/unsuitable input (explaining why it is invalid/unsuitable). By the time Roadshow gets to...
Forum: support.Apps 05 June 2019, 14:47
Replies: 31
Views: 2,519
Posted By Olaf Barthel
One you can depend upon (it never works), the...

One you can depend upon (it never works), the other you cannot (it may not work as intended, but it's hard to predict under which circumstances). Sort of like the old saying that a stopped mechanical...
Forum: support.Apps 05 June 2019, 11:40
Replies: 31
Views: 2,519
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Either that, or limitations of the built-in...

Either that, or limitations of the built-in Roadshow DHCP client make themselves felt.

Due to an oversight of mine the built-in DHCP client can only negotiate a lease extension but it cannot rerun...
Forum: support.Apps 03 June 2019, 17:04
Replies: 31
Views: 2,519
Posted By Olaf Barthel
What can I do to make the DHCP client work better...

What can I do to make the DHCP client work better for you?
Forum: support.Apps 03 June 2019, 17:03
Replies: 31
Views: 2,519
Posted By Olaf Barthel
I am definitely working on it, but it's taking...

I am definitely working on it, but it's taking longer than I had expected to get the overdue update out the door :(

Summer's coming up, and there's one thing I learned during that long hot Summer...
Forum: New to Emulation or Amiga scene 01 January 2019, 17:16
Replies: 12
Views: 1,666
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Some thoughts... The bsdsocket.library API...

Some thoughts...

The bsdsocket.library API gives the appearance of being the simpler route because it is an abstraction of the underlying data exchange operations, such as the buffers which fill...
Forum: Amiga scene 12 October 2018, 17:22
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
For the time being I try to make do both with ADF...

For the time being I try to make do both with ADF images which are known to be damaged, and with the "damage cache" feature of the Disk Doctor debug version.

The debug version can simulate media...
Forum: Amiga scene 09 October 2018, 14:42
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
I'm not so sure about the GUI idea yet. The new...

I'm not so sure about the GUI idea yet. The new Disk Doctor is already a very large program compared to the other tools and utilities on the Workbench disk set. A GUI would not make it shorter ;)
...
Forum: Amiga scene 09 October 2018, 14:23
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
What has changed is that the ARexx port of...

What has changed is that the ARexx port of Workbench now uses the updated rexxsyslib.library to read, set and modify script variables instead of the old RVI ("rexx variables interface") link library...
Forum: Amiga scene 07 October 2018, 11:24
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
No, none of the "file system flavour" selection...

No, none of the "file system flavour" selection arguments are required. Their purpose is to allow you to override the defaults which Disk Doctor picks from the file system configuration that is...
Forum: Amiga scene 06 October 2018, 17:50
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Since most of the "discussions" were conducted...

Since most of the "discussions" were conducted online rather than face-to-face, what else would have been the most easily achievable outcome?

The discussion would have benefitted from an arbiter,...
Forum: Amiga scene 06 October 2018, 15:44
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Actually, I wouldn't recommend it. We cannot...

Actually, I wouldn't recommend it. We cannot change the past, only how we understand it in retrospect.

What the TD64/NSD feud broke cannot be unbroken. AmigaOS 3.1.4 provided "kintsugi" by...
Forum: Amiga scene 06 October 2018, 15:39
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Um, "short" answer coming up... NSD tried to...

Um, "short" answer coming up...

NSD tried to solve a set of problems which had been dogging the Amiga for then more than a decade: how to make device drivers behave consistently and robustly, how...
Forum: Amiga scene 06 October 2018, 11:20
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
It should work for the file system variants it...

It should work for the file system variants it was designed for, and for the media available at the time it was released (1994). The file system variants would be OFS, FFS and DCFS, and the media...
Forum: Amiga scene 05 October 2018, 11:35
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
So far it seems that very few have tried the new...

So far it seems that very few have tried the new Disk Doctor, and if they did, it may not have been much to write about ;)

The new Disk Doctor currently does two things "only": 1) it can check if...
Forum: Amiga scene 03 October 2018, 11:46
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Yes, you are missing something. The Amiga...

Yes, you are missing something.

The Amiga 1200 Kickstart ROM does not scan the entire memory range which is reserved for the CD32 extension ROM and the FMV expansion, and it also lacks the driver...
Forum: Amiga scene 03 October 2018, 11:36
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
The operating system had no dedicated means to...

The operating system had no dedicated means to implement the kind of functionality which the Picasso II, MacroSystem Retina, CyberGraphX and Picasso96 would offer.

If you will, what all these...
Forum: Amiga scene 02 October 2018, 19:21
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Volunteers for tackling the 68k dos.library are...

Volunteers for tackling the 68k dos.library are hard to come by.

The last person to step up and do the job was, as far as I know, Colin Wenzel who is the AmigaOS4 dos.library Guru. We are indeed...
Forum: Amiga scene 02 October 2018, 19:17
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Sorry, I don't know yet. Commodore used to...

Sorry, I don't know yet.

Commodore used to make SetPatch updates available when necessary (rarely), so there's definitely merit in doing so for the AmigaOS 3.1.4 update when the need arises.
Forum: Amiga scene 02 October 2018, 16:05
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
This has been done before, for example in-house...

This has been done before, for example in-house at Commodore. The A225 TCP/IP stack and the tools that came with it, including the nfs client, were used in-house to access the Sun workstations.


...
Forum: Amiga scene 02 October 2018, 14:53
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
You'd still have to find a system image, etc. to...

You'd still have to find a system image, etc. to make this work ;) Emulating a Sun 3 on a Sun 4 sounds a bit scary to me, too.

It would probably be easier to use NetBSD 68k instead, if one wanted...
Forum: Amiga scene 02 October 2018, 14:30
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
The Green Hills 'C' compiler is not exactly lost...

The Green Hills 'C' compiler is not exactly lost ;) The compiler and its component parts need a vintage 1980'ies Sun 2/Sun 3 workstation to run. This is the major technical constraint which prevents...
Forum: Amiga scene 01 October 2018, 20:30
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
That's a definite yes. I worked with the...

That's a definite yes. I worked with the manuscripts (in troff, TeX and LaTex form). The end-result became the foundation for the OS4 online documentation.



It would be possible, but some...
Forum: Amiga scene 01 October 2018, 19:48
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
It would certainly complete the product, but I...

It would certainly complete the product, but I don't see it happening :( That ship seems to have sailed so long ago that the harbour is by now silted and shallow...

The "current" AmigaOS 3.9 NDK...
Forum: Amiga scene 01 October 2018, 19:11
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
The icon.library is an updated version of the one...

The icon.library is an updated version of the one which shipped with the AmigaOS 3.9 update. There are bug fixes included which, for example, yield better compatibility with software such as DirOpus....
Forum: Amiga scene 01 October 2018, 19:07
Replies: 973
Views: 135,171
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Sorry, no CD32 version :( The (for lack of a...

Sorry, no CD32 version :(

The (for lack of a better word) "desktop" version is based upon code which we could build from source code, which we could review and which we could test on real hardware...
Forum: News 24 September 2018, 15:48
Replies: 341
Views: 62,908
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Over the years the AmigaDOS shell was enhanced...

Over the years the AmigaDOS shell was enhanced with the features of the Unix shells in mind.

It's not as if the feature set became close, you just started to realize how much was lacking,...
Forum: News 23 September 2018, 12:23
Replies: 341
Views: 62,908
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Sure, it has been done before. Compatibility...

Sure, it has been done before.

Compatibility is the major issue, though. What the AmigaDOS shell does is not particularly complex. It's how the shell does what needs to be done that is more...
Forum: News 22 September 2018, 10:19
Replies: 341
Views: 62,908
Posted By Olaf Barthel
True, it's a mess. The underpinnings of AmigaDOS...

True, it's a mess. The underpinnings of AmigaDOS are vaguely related to design concepts we are today most familiar with in the context of Unix.

This extends to the shell and its commands, which...
Forum: News 21 September 2018, 13:16
Replies: 341
Views: 62,908
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Hm... the content is technically not exactly...

Hm... the content is technically not exactly spot-on. The shell is (of course) a separate kickstart module and a pointer to it winds up in the dos.library base where is referred to as the "shell...
Forum: News 21 September 2018, 13:06
Replies: 341
Views: 62,908
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Not this time. We discussed reusing the...

Not this time.

We discussed reusing the con-handler/shell code I created for OS4 but it turned out that the design needs a lot more work. So, stay tuned :)
Forum: News 18 September 2018, 16:52
Replies: 341
Views: 62,908
Posted By Olaf Barthel
If only this were true more often... Some things...

If only this were true more often... Some things you cannot robustly patch until the system has reached the "boot from disk" stage. The whole battery of NSD patches is such a case.
Forum: News 18 September 2018, 16:51
Replies: 341
Views: 62,908
Posted By Olaf Barthel
The updated Kickstart ROM contents are designed...

The updated Kickstart ROM contents are designed to work with the OS 3.9 components.

The ROM update mechanism (which requires a reboot) present in OS 3.9 hinges on the fact that the updates bear a...
Forum: News 18 September 2018, 13:20
Replies: 341
Views: 62,908
Posted By Olaf Barthel
The 3.1.4 update reuses and updates as many OS...

The 3.1.4 update reuses and updates as many OS 3.5/3.9 components as were available for reuse and updating.

The workbench.library is derived from the OS 3.9 version, which among other things...
Forum: News 18 September 2018, 13:16
Replies: 341
Views: 62,908
Posted By Olaf Barthel
Hang on. I do wonder how Vesalia manages to sell...

Hang on. I do wonder how Vesalia manages to sell this after some 20 years. Same goes for the Amiga Developer CD 2.1.
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