[fpc-pascal] Sybil Library - OS/2 and other INF e-books

Reinier Olislagers reinierolislagers at gmail.com
Sat Jan 26 12:50:14 CET 2013

Thanks a lot, Tomas, you are confirming some fears I had. Will stay at the
bottom of my priority list, but will contact you eg via fpc other if I need
help, thanks a lot.


On Saturday, January 26, 2013, Tomas Hajny wrote:

> On Fri, January 25, 2013 11:00, Reinier Olislagers wrote:
> > On 24-1-2013 18:55, Tomas Hajny wrote:
> >> On Thu, January 24, 2013 18:03, Graeme Geldenhuys wrote:
> >>> I know there are still a few of you developing for the OS/2 platform.
> >>> So
> >>> I made available on my server some INF e-books. They originally came
> >>> from the Sybil Library project.
> >>>
> >>> There are also some Object Pascal and OOP related books.
> >>>
> >>>    http://opensoft.homeip.net/~graemeg/inf_books/
> >> Anybody interested in the original documentation of OS/2 API and not
> >> owning eComStation CDs nor the original IBM Developer's Toolkit
> >> documentation may want to check
> >> http://cyberkinetica.homeunix.net/os2tk45/
> >> and http://www.edm2.com/.
> >
> > Thanks a lot, guys, perhaps I'll put some more effort in converting my
> > set of original OS/2 2.0 floppies into a working Virtualbox image ;)
> > (Did manage to read the floppies and I'm about halfway there but won't
> > bother the list with OT horror stories)
> You can contact me directly or via fpc-other if you feel a need for
> consulting some issue you'd encounter (need for a more up to date drivers,
> etc.). However, I believe that reviving OS/2 2.0 does not make too much
> sense - you'd simply miss too many features added later.
> Everything starting from OS/2 Warp v4.0 with the latest fix pack is OK
> (although eCS is better due to addition of the 32-bit TCP/IP stack and
> other features previously available from IBM separately or with the server
> versions), earlier versions might be relevant only in the context of a
> very specific need. As an example, you would not be able to compile
> programs using FPC on this OS/2 version (I'm not 100% sure whether FPC
> itself would work, but the version of GNU assembler distributed with FPC
> does not work with this version for sure).
> FPC compiled programs for OS/2 should work there, but you would need to
> cross-compile them or stick to some older GNU assembler version. Compiling
> FPC RTL is not possible with such old GNU assembler either (due to CPU
> instructions not supported there but used in our RTL), but you might
> obviously use the distributed RTL version.
> Tomas
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