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The 100% useless AROS distribution Version 0.2

Posted by ALB42 on 15. Juli 20206 Comments

I updated the AROS64 source I had to the new stabilized ABIv1 AROS64 introduced by deadw00d (see source on github). At the start I had some tiny problems, e.g. collect-aros was crashing here as well. But in contrast to the main SMP AROS64/Icaros64 after my bug report, it was fixed very fast. Therefore I was able to compile at 64 bit AROS again using FreePascal, very nice. I also tried some of my old programs and all work rather nicely, some tiny problems of course but overall not bad. I will try to investigate what of these programs are from my code or fpc code and what comes from AROS64 itself. I’m not sure if more bug reports are wanted (because I guess deadw00d aims more to the AxRT) but maybe I will try it.

The 100% useless AROS distribution Version 0.2 with some of my programs and freepascal

Because that worked so flawless, I decided to create a new version of my AROS64 distribution “The 100% useless AROS distribution” this time already much more stable and much more useful than before.

I added some more programs, (not only my own) the FP-IDE does work, but sadly the compilation still crash, so you have to use the shell to compile. I even got the network to work and MUIMapparium shows the map nicely and search also works, so maybe the name is somewhat wrong now, it’s only 99% useless, after all? Nevertheless have fun with it.

Download on the T100pUAD page

Open Source

Posted by ALB42 on 6. Juni 202011 Comments

I uploaded some of my sources to my github account. With it also Leu and MUIMapparium. MUIMapparium is 100% written by me, therefore it is now under CC0 License. Leu contains fpspread and some files from LCL therefore it is modified LGPL as the original. Have fun with the code. 😉

I had some interesting and intense discussions the last days. Mainly about my programs and vampire. As you might know I did not want to have my programs on the highly illegal distribution Coffin. You cannot detect Coffin, but it’s a distribution especially made for Vampire, therefore if I block Vampire they will not include my software anymore. Besides the Vampire users could push the Vampire team to condemn this distribution and stop to promote it. All of that did not happen, they still added my stuff, even with the Vampire block and the people became mad about me, not about the Vampire team (or the coffin team). I’m not good at being the bad guy.

Basically the people tell me that I’m an idiot and an asshole because I blocked Vampire, so I give up. The people always told me that Coffin is not illegal because it contains abandon-ware only. Ok, if that’s the case I transform my programs to exactly that and put them all to github, then it is legal and everything is solved.

Don’t get me wrong, I do not have a grudge with the Vampire team. I always hear that, that I’m mad about them because of the FPU issue, which is not true, maybe disappointed, but not more, I use my Vampire mainly as RTG-GFX card for A600, the only one currently available and the FPU I can turn off and use femu (which still works and is rather good).

MCAmiga V0.8

Posted by ALB42 on 5. Juni 2020No Comments

A new MCAmiga Version is ready to use. Main changes:

  • Bugfix Move from archive
  • lynx type movement (left,right cursor to browse)
  • Bugfix initial view as drive view (“LEFT=” shows the drive list as start)
  • Bugfix overwrite requester when extracting files
  • Bugfix crash on double click on file in archive
  • Ask to rename the icon together with the file
  • Tool entry to select all info files of selected files
  • Better support for german umlauts
  • automatically create dir icon on request
MCAmiga V0.8 on x86_64-AROS nonSMP

Download the new Version at MCAmiga Page

MCAmiga V0.7

Posted by ALB42 on 1. Juni 2020No Comments

The last long weekend is over and MCAmiga got a new milestone, the search is working for now. Time to make a release, I just tried it again on my Amiga1200/030/50/AGA and it still works nicely, redraw still slow, but it’s quite usable. I’m used to it, always used 64 colors screen with higher resolution. I guess this will be much better when there is a nice GFX card for Amiga1200, like the Warp1200. I really look forward to it, hope will be available to by soon.

MCAmiga 0.7 on Amiga 1200 and OS 3.1.4, with the new search dialog.

Download as always on the MCAmiga page.

And don’t forget it’s CC0, I would be very happy if someone take the source and improve it, or use it for anything else or just use it to learn stuff.

Working on Search

Posted by ALB42 on 1. Juni 2020No Comments

Working on the Search function of MCAmiga, again try to get close to the function midnight commander is offering.

I put the search function into a thread that you easily can continue to work, even the search is still running, (as midnight commander also do it). Atm you can press F3 to view the file or F4 to edit or enter to jump to the file directly. It works already nicely but still needs a little bit work, especially the mouse control needs some care.

MCAmiga 0.6

Posted by ALB42 on 30. Mai 202011 Comments

Got a lot of bug reports and wishes for MCAmiga, so I created a new Version 0.6. The main changes are:

  • fixed word wrap and missing last char in viewer
  • bottom menu line (like the original)
  • Full screen (= own screen) via tooltype
  • Scroll help text if needed
  • catch exception when calling external programs
  • unpack archive via tool menu entry
  • 68000er Version included
MCAmiga 0.6

MCAmiga 0.6Download as always on the programs page: MCAmiga 0.6

MCAmiga 0.5 68000

Posted by ALB42 on 27. Mai 2020No Comments

Due to multiple questions, yes it is possible to compile MCAmiga for 68000 as well, even it would still need AmigaOS3.x to work. But because I got some requests also to supply such a binary a made a separate archive for a Version for 68000, it’s not really tests, at least it starts:

MCAmiga 0.5 on a 68000 processor and OS3.1

But no promises about the function. It is rather slow but somehow usable.

Download is on the MCAmiga Page

MCAmiga 0.5

Posted by ALB42 on 27. Mai 202011 Comments

Finished a little bit more MCAmiga testing, especially on MorphOS and AmigaOS4 there where some serious problems. On AmigaOS4 the device view did not work at all, just crashed, reason was a bug in the AmigaDOS unit of FreePascal. I fixed that exact problem already for other platforms, and now also on AmigaOS4. On MorphOS only tiny changes are needed, mostly related to the supplied lha being a little bit different than the one on classic, but still very close. AROS was a bigger problem, the lha command here is completely different, very limited actually, for example you cannot extract a single file.

MCAmiga 0.5 on MorphOS 3.11

I got a hint from Charlie to use cad to unpack archives, because it supports many different formats and it’s available for at least classic and MorphOS, I found out for AROS there is also a version in contrib, that means at least Icaros even comes automatically with it. AmigaOS4 seems not to have it, at least I did not find it. It works very nicely, easy to operate, but sadly it’s only for unpacking archives, no way to pack them. That means the functionality is limited to read only access in MCAmiga. Therefore I gave xad a lower priority over the native lha/lzx programs, except on AROS because there xad is the better choice, the native lha command does not work at all.

MCAmiga 0.5 on AROS i386 ABIv0

Besides that big feature for handling archives, I added a lot of small stuff, like Shift cursor keys to select file, or Ctrl cursor keys to jump fast up and down or to first item (left) or to last item (right). Start programs with enter and wait for finish or with Shift Enter an do not wait for it, so effectively start it in a new shell.

MCAmiga on a Amiga with OS3.9

The Source is now also available on GitHub completely. I did put it there on the first release but I forget to push the changed source. I committed locally only. But now the full source should be there, so take it an improve it and most importantly have fun with it.

MCAmiga 0.5 on Amiga OS 4

For now that is already a very useful program for me, more or less finished. I do not really need more than that, maybe one day one could add an editor to it, especially an hex editor. But at the moment I don’t need it.

The requirements did not change, still Amiga 68020+, 4 MB, AmigaOS3.x, AmigaOS4 (except X5000), MorphOS 3.x, AROS i386 ABIv0, AROS ARM ABIv0, AROS x64 ABIv1 NonSMP

Download: MCAmiga for all Amiga systems

MCAmiga & LHA Archives

Posted by ALB42 on 22. Mai 20202 Comments

Working on the lha handling inside MCAmiga, would be nice to have it like in Midnight commander where you can directly browse inside archive, add, remove files, and even edit files inside.

I got it somehow to work, still with some limitations, for example, LHA you cant create an empty directory, so I create the directory with a ‘delete_me’ file inside. Also when the directory is created “merged” on adding (usually means added together with its parent directory) you cant remove it, if will stay there, even empty. But still it works already very nicely. Until now you can copy files to archive, copy file from archive, make a new directory, rename files. View and edit files (also with external tools, file is extracted to temp dir). Also introduced the Tools menu (F2) well known from midnight commander.

I did not try on AROS/MorphOS or so until now, hmm curious if all LHA versions are the same, I should try some different versions 😉