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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2002 12:56 pm    Post subject: Miscellaneous planning Reply with quote

Planning for other APIs goes here - if there's anything major wanted, I will create a new sticky thread for it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2002 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Needs good vfs functions..

It would be a good idea to make it so that any *virtual* folders can be made at the time the programs are ran...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2002 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not quite sure i understand Ryan
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2002 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Basically virtual folders can be added and removed from the vfs at run time.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2002 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i guessed that muc, but what does "virtual folders" mean? are the folders not really there? if the folders are directories why are they virtual?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2002 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i.e. where
/system/
becomes
C:\seal2\

Basically a fake folder which points to another folder, used for such important stuff as showing programs where seal is installed, as well as providing a cross-platform way of putting files in specific locations.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2002 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i didn't realise you couldn't create directories from SEAL previously, i thought Ryan was talking about the drive icons that were scanned for on startup in SEAL2
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2002 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

no the ability to create a new VFS folder (ex. like /system/ or /users/) at run time... according to seal2 they have to be set up in the kernel...

This would allow programs like a word clone or something like that.. to create a temporary folder(s) like /worddocs/ to store temp files then on exit remove the temp files and unload /worddocs/ so that it can be used by another program...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2002 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can create VFS entries from applications though, can't you? It could just be that the entries haven't been exported from the kernel, but I see no reason why it shouldn't be possible.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2002 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont think so.... I looked in the vfile, and see nothing that could be used outside the kernel...
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2002 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you make sure Subst is exported, you should be able to use that. I see no reason why you can't.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2002 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, here is the problem... subst makes a virtual drive.... I want just to make virtual folders like /system/
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2002 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you looked at the bottom of vfile.c? Subst is used to create /system, /docs and so on...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2002 7:09 am    Post subject: Just another idea... Reply with quote

I was thinking that it sure would be nice to be able to afix the control panel to make Seal 3 produce 16 (4-bit) colors as the minimal, in leau of 256 (8-bit); and possibly a monochrome api/lib for this as well.

The reason I suggest this is that not all Seal users/developers use high end systems to use/develop apps. For example, I use a COMPAQ Contura Aero 4/25 to develop my applications when I am on the go or in my car on a road trip with family. This system is a very minimal unit, a mere Intel 486sx/slx @ 25 MHz (NO COPROCESSOR), 8 MB Ram, 160 MB HDD, Type II PCMCIA slot (used for FDD,Modem/Fax,10/100 MBs Ethernet NIC), Logitech Trackball Mouse and an 8 in. dual scan LCD.

You might ask why even bother with such a sub-notebook? It's pretty simple really, it's cute, it's light weight (about 2.4 lbs.) and it only cost me $50.00 (complete system). Besides, it runs most applications I need on the go (Windows 95A [stripped down], Works 4.5 for 95, and DFE [Djgpp Front End] for programming purposes along with Allegro 3.12/DJgpp 2.95.2/RHIDE 1.4.7.8 and my LIB database). All I need you see. NOT! One major problem, once i've written a program and compiled it i must xfer it to another PC to try it out (VERY minotinous, back and forth). My COMPAQ doesn't support more than 16 real colors (shades of grey) unless emulated (such in Windows 95A) where i get 256 colors, as far as the COPROCESSOR goes I use an emulator...

There you have it - Seal 3 should support 16 colors and monochrome displays.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2002 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And indeed, the plan is that it will.
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