rhlinux at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 18 18:08:48 EST 1998
> May be, but sometimes it's impossible - for example, I am running
> Brake!(tm) mailer ;-) ) 24 hours 7 days a week (it's some sort of
BBS software, but it is
> NOT a BSS in common mean). It rescans his outbound from time to time
> lower than normal, as configured - since I've got a HUGE outbound
(1.5G). So If I'll try
> to raise priority of distributed.net client - my mailer would never
rescan outbound any
> The other example: Lotus Smart Suite performs some work at idle
priority; you can
> suspend it execution if you are running distributed.net client at
too high priority.
I agree that your way is the correct way, but my way works in my
particular situation since I don't have anything (other than this
project) for the computer to do except when I'm sitting there pounding
it. Keep in mind that I have ideas of switching to Linux if I decide
to do anything very complicated like automated mail rescanning, etc.
I did tone it down to the middle of the three settings when the system
was under a real heavy load. The project still goes about as fast
when I'm not actively using the machine, and the machine's performance
seems fine when I'm using.
> OS/2 don't have process which require whole CPU - beleive me, I've
> 50 OS/2 copies - different versions, very different hardware,
different network support,
> different applications... The only exceptions is 'Pulse' and 'CPU
> WarpCenter - theese CPU meters definitely should be disabled - and
> DOS task - you should tune VDM settings. Any other standard
> DO NOT REQUIRE all CPU time.
You just gave me an idea! Maybe that little monitor up there in the
Warp Center is checking for disk space on drive C all the time. Since
you're obviously miles ahead of me, could you tell me if that's likely
what was keeping rc5 from working at the recommended setting?
I think we agree that, since it made no progress at the recommended
setting, there is something running. Since I know that I hadn't
started anything, whatever it was must have been started by the
machine. That's the extent of my knowledge. If I found out what it
was, I wouldn't have the foggiest how to make it stop doing whatever
> If you are using default 2^30 block size, then progress indicator of
course will be
> updated ~ ones per two minutes. If you have any other _one_
all-time-active task at the
> same priority as distributed.net client, PI will be updated ~ every
4 minutes, if you have
> two - ~ every 6 minutes. And so on...
No clue what tasks I have or at what priority. I'll assume I'm using
the default block size.
> I am not surprised. ;-) I like to look at my mailer (and
distributed.net client :] )
> sometimes too, although I had not configured, manually controlled,
> al least half an year. But when I don't look at it, it's minimized
off the desktop.
I have the window in the middle of the desktop covering up that OS/2
logo. I can't see much point in minimizing it since I do the
fetch/flush thing manually and there's nothing gained by being able to
see the logo behind it. It's usually buried under IBM Works anyway.
> That's NOT a problem at all ;-) Just create Program object for
rc5des.exe (or maybe,
> self-written rc5des.cmd) somewhere on the desktop or deeper folder,
and put shadow
> at WarpCenter tray (You can create up to 16 easy selectable trays to
> frequently accessed objects/folders, if exisiting default tray is
It would be in the way on the Warp Center tray, and I switch trays
often enough that it would have to be on several to be of much
advantage. Below or above the clock like I have it in Win95 would be
kind of cool, but not worth much trouble. Thanks for explaining it
> Or, you can leave your Program object on desktop, you wll always
have access to it
> with just two mouse clicks - it's accessible via menu under "OS/2
Warp" button on
> WarpCenter. Or you can access it via menu under "Window List"
> By default successive open of Program object do not run second
copy of program,
> but pull running one on top (restore it if minimized). Additionally,
you can remove
> distributed.net client from Window List using freeware 'nolist'
That default drives me crazy when I'm trying to open a second copy of
something. Window List?!? Sorry, but I just tried alt-tab and
stopped learning when I discovered that it worked...
> Didn't you forget to tell SIO that port is used by several programs
(those does use
> correct sharing, like DOS ones) at one time? There is a piece of
> Placing a dash "-" or a plus "+" in the fourth parameter
> (COM1,3F8,IRQ4,-), causes SIO not to provide any protection
> port. The OS may still protect the port somewhat. When the dash
> parameter is used the port is wide open (like DOS) for any
> access it. If the plus is used, then DOS/Windows sessions are
> inhibited from turning DTR off.
Think we just made some progress here: I didn't know anything about
ANY parameters anywhere. I guess I'm too used to DOS where things are
quite separated from others....
> P.S. Ha! You don't need this port in OS/2 processes, do you? Then,
you can simply
> do not load com port driver (COM/VCOM, or SIO/VSIO), and your DOS
BBS will get full
> unrestricted direct access to modem port (io addrs/irq). All
problems gone away ;-)
Actually, I would want to use the built in dialup TCP/IP if I put OS/2
on the machine.
Thanks for all your input, but I probably won't put OS/2 back on that
machine since Linux includes a lot more network server capability and
has good old DOSemu. I would like to use this BBS machine as a LAN
server as well...
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