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Linux: E-UAE 0.8.29-WIP-3
Richard Drummond has published a minor update of the Amiga-emulator E-UAE for Linux/x86. You can get more detailed information about the changes of the version 0.8.29-WIP-3 from the Changelog. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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31.Jul.2006 (Forum)

Tutorial: Basic Amiga-API coding
Under the title link Stefan 'Kronos' Kleinheinrich has started writing an English tutorial to the basics of the Amiga-API programming. First experiences with C are required. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Filesharing: Amigift 2.0 (Prerelease)
Amigift is a P2P-Filesharing system which is based on the giFT-Dämon (Gnutella, FastTrack, OpenFT) ported from the Unix world and has a graphical user-interface called "GiftMUI". Changes since the last version:
  • Fixed a bug on the Online Updater which fail to update some files due a CRC Checksum error reported by analizing not the correct chunk of data...
  • To reload the daemon from giFTMui a timeout-Timer for daemon shutdown chekout is created, if such timer cannot be created for any reason a 'failed assertion' causes the interface to exit completely, This has been changed to avoid the assert()'ion check and instead trying to bind the daemon port should let us know as well when daemon isn't running to be reloaded. Also, such timeout-Timer calls a dispatcher on intervals of 300000 micro seconds, that value has been changed to 700K as well
  • On a failed assertion situation, the chat tryes to re-connect itself to the server, due a common method from the chat custom class is invoked, this will no longer happen if such method is invoked disposing the class.
  • Recent Ares versions don't report real stats, it's not a bug, at least not on our part. alas, giftd doesn't allow plugins *not* to provide stats, so we just return what the supernode tells us if it's an old supernode then it'll work, if it's not, it won't ...
  • Stats window will no longer be activated while it is opened/updated
  • Added new options to the giFTMui's MUI Settings, you can now load the settings from disk, save them to disk, restore current settings to the last saved, and restore and/or reset the settings to the defaults.
  • Fixed a parser error which has made the Gnutella HTTP requests to be incomplete/truncated causing the supernodes to ignore us and hence there was the problem with this plugin not being able to connect on the latest build.
  • Unfortunatelly there is somewhere some other issue which makes the plugin to take long time to reconnect on shutdown connections.. we should assume the problem comes from the "complicated" input and event notifications mechanism, which seems or probably isnt properly ported on the new shared libraries fashion, any help ?...
  • optimized/improved a bit gift.library's logging facility, while using GLOB_STDERR and GLOB_STDOUT we'll check if pr_COS and pr_CES (which fail back to pr_COS when isnt available) aren't the same and hence avoid logging to both filehandlers. Also giftd.log filesize was checked on each write, making a too unnecessary/possible overload... now only every 1000 writes will be checked, which should be ok as the filesize limit is 10MB ...
  • How FastTrack loads his banlist file and Gnutella loads his hostiles.txt file has been improved. Previously it was just Open()'ing the file and reading line-by-line, to read each line gift.library/file_read_line() was used, which function does "free-old-buffer > read-line-from-file > dup-line-to-memory", NOW we just "slurp" the whole file into memory and process it later internally in one step.
    PROS: should be working faster
    CONS: it needs the filesize's memory at once (about ~500KB)
  • The maximun number of connections which OpenFT guess at startup has been down to 30 (it was 255) ... you can always override that value by using the appropiate option (max_active)
  • How to request network statistics and how to launch the inspector has been changed... there may be now a bit more overload from the GUI but it will no longer require two standalone-signals on connection for the timers we used...
  • Searches by realm should be now working fine for all networks.
  • VerifyIncoming tool must be performed while the daemon isnt running, and giFTMui do not checked for that, Fixed.
  • Optimized how data is received from the daemon... For information, previously we was receiving line-by-line and then processed each line/packet, that data was received reading byte-by-byte until a CRLF is found, furthermore we checked if that was a multi-line string (comming from a "malformed" META data though), which slowed even more the process... NOW we just receive all data available at once, and the data received are procesed internally without congesting the socket...
  • There may be some situations where a Inspector could not work properly or fail without notice, those are RARE cases though!, What we have noticed is a little problem on the inspector process while a method is pushed to select the next entry on the downloads list, if in the process the user de-select the active entry or select an entry from the uploads list (which action automatically disables any active entry on the downloads list) once the pushed method take action on the next app loop the inspector will fail to continue as it was unable to get the information needed (from the active entry on the list) to launch a locator, at this step the inspector stopped working internally, but to the user eyes it is running (but doing nothing), and thats the only thing we have found buggy on the inspector procedure (at least for now), now if that happens the inspector will be properly fully aborted and in addition the user will be warned of the issue.
  • Ghosting of the Stop button when it is clicked didn't worked properly to be re-enabled while using multi-lists, Fixed.
  • Searches directed to the Ares network (by using giFTMui's protocol checkmark) and Locators launched for this same network wasn't working properly due a very stupid bug... the protocol name to be used on a search request and the check for online plugin state is fetched/detected given the network's HASH type, Ares uses "SHA1" and Gnutella "SHA", and on both functions we checked for the three first bytes of the Gnutella hash before than the Ares hash, making request directed to the Ares network interpreted like if what we wanted is about the Gnutella netowrk, FIXED!
  • Sometimes a Locator cannot stablish the connection to the daemon due the connect event isn't notifyed... fixed...(hopefully!, and hopefully without side effects..)
  • Fixed some string mismatch issues at, where updated strings at the build-in laungage wasn't at his time adapted as well on the catalog descriptor. Most important are string numbers #447, #417, #407, #380, #323, #321 where a formatting was changed (%s to %ld or viceversa), also strings #595, #593, #585, #593, #553, #166, #145, #142, #54 and #5 was minimal corrected for typos.
  • Some users reported a issue about the OpenFT nodes file ends with 0 bytes of size and making on the next run unable to connect to the network, with the need of the user manually replacing the file, well, first is needed to mention that this happens due OpenFT do not stores nodes where we was unable to connect, but theres some factors to consider which that plugin leave out...(ie, dynamic IPs, not a 24/7 node, etc), also I should mention that Im in doubt if theres a bug somewhere since that behaviour do not happens from the first porting of the plugin, or it wasn't reported on the very firsts builds IIRC, so there will be two workarround for now to that issue, 1) the nodes file size will be checked and deleted if his size is 0, forcing the plugin to copy the nodes from the data dir (amigift:daemon/data/openft/). 2) the plugin will check for the enviroment variable DONT_PURGE_OPENFT_NODES before updating the nodes to disk, if such variable is found it will NOT try to leave out nodes where we was unable to connect. NOTE this way of "fixing" that issue is TOO lame and hence subject to change...
  • Added a new giftd command-line option: TASKPRI/N Obviously is behaviour is to change the daemon task priority, giFTMui has a new slider object to change it as well.
  • giFTMui has been translated to Italian language, Thanks a lot to Samir Hawamdeh for his work.
  • German and Swedish catalogs contains some issues and has been renamed on the packages until they are fixed...
  • bzlib.library can be now loaded from amigift:libs/ as well
  • Starting a new search we will check now if any/some of the networks are online, warning the user if there is no online network and not proceding with the search then.
  • Default Ares port for giFTMui settings was missing, Fixed.
  • Requesters Timeout handling and downcheck was enabled by default where the appropiate is to have both disabled at a first run.
  • some very little internal fixes...
(cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 31. Jul. 2006, 14:53] [Comments: 1 - 07. Apr. 2008, 03:14]
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Aminet-Uploads until 30.07.2006
These are the most recent Aminet uploads since our last message:
PvD_AWeb.lha               comm/www    805K  GEN  HQ 24bit AWeb navigation panel and more
PvD_IBrowse_32x32.lha      comm/www    1.5M  GEN  HQ 24bit IBrowse navigation panel 32x32
Nature-Absinth.lha         demo/intro    5K  OS3  Absinth, 4k intro by Nature at Sol'06
iconv-morphos.lha          dev/c       5.9M  MOS  Character set conversion library
PAR_C.lha                  dev/c        16K  OS3  PAR: access using the SIMPLEST of C.
bison-2.3-bin-m68k.lha     dev/gg      899K  OS3  bison 2.3 for 68020+
flex-bin-lib-m68k-f.lha    dev/gg      570K  OS3  flex 2.5.33 final/fixed version for 6802
grep-2.5-bin-m68k.lha      dev/gg      405K  OS3  grep 2.5 for 68020+
indent-2.2.9-bin-m68k.lha  dev/gg      938K  OS3  indent 2.2.9 for 68020+
make-1.81-bin-m68k.lha     dev/gg      568K  OS3  make 1.81 for 68020+
termcap.lha                dev/gg      490K  OS4  GNU termcap library
texinfo-bin-ppc.lha        dev/gg      496K  OS4  GNU documentation system
texinfo-src-ppc.lha        dev/gg      2.4M  GEN  GNU documentation system (sources)
dupfinder.lha              disk/misc     8K  OS4  Finds even more duplicate files on your 
ext2fs_0.5.lha             disk/misc    58K  VAR  Second Extended FileSystem (EXT2) driver
ntfs_0.2.lha               disk/misc    48K  VAR  New Technology Filesystem (NTFS) driver
tsgui.lha                  disk/misc    82K  OS3  Create or write back image files (ADF/HD
Zaphod-1.0.lha             disk/moni   171K  OS3  Zaphod Binary File Editor 1.0
Zaphod-1.1.lha             disk/moni   159K  OS3  Zaphod Binary File Editor 1.1
Africa.lha                 game/board  196K  OS3  Conversion of 3W boardgame
PCE.lha                    game/misc   143K  OS3  Phantasie 1 & 3 Character Editor
ri-li.lha                  game/race    18M  OS4  Toy wood engine arcade
zxscredit.lha              gfx/edit    213K  OS4  ZX Spectrum image (SCREEN$) editor
SView5.lha                 gfx/misc    2.4M  VAR  SView5 Image Viewing/Processing Package
zxscrview.lha              gfx/show    160K  OS4  ZX Screen Viewer
AmiArcadia.lha             misc/emu    129K  OS3  Emerson Arcadia 2001 emulator
simcoupe.lha               misc/emu    1.1M  OS4  SAM Coupé Emulator
00-Digiboosters_CDa.jpg    mods/boray   64K  GEN  Boray DigiBoosters CD cover
00-Digiboosters_CDb.png    mods/boray   13K  GEN  Boray DigiBoosters CD cover
01-IAmCreated.mp3          mods/boray  4.1M  GEN  Mp3 version of Boray DigiBooster Mod
02-Mission.mp3             mods/boray  4.6M  GEN  Mp3 version of Boray DigiBooster Mod
03-TheKing.mp3             mods/boray  4.4M  GEN  Mp3 version of Boray DigiBooster Mod
04-WhereToGo2.mp3          mods/boray  8.6M  GEN  Mp3 version of Boray DigiBooster Mod
05-Flakmopeden.mp3         mods/boray  3.0M  GEN  Mp3 version of Boray DigiBooster Mod
06-YourTurn.mp3            mods/boray   16M  GEN  Mp3 version of Boray DigiBooster Mod
07-Stranger.mp3            mods/boray  9.4M  GEN  Mp3 version of Boray DigiBooster Mod
08-OldFriends.mp3          mods/boray  7.5M  GEN  Mp3 version of Boray DigiBooster Mod
09-IAmGenerated.mp3        mods/boray  8.8M  GEN  Mp3 version of Boray DigiBooster Mod
10-PsalmAP2.mp3            mods/boray  3.0M  GEN  Mp3 version of Boray DigiBooster Mod
11-Helgon.mp3              mods/boray  6.6M  GEN  Mp3 version of Boray DigiBooster Mod
12-DayUnknown.mp3          mods/boray   18M  GEN  Mp3 version of Boray DigiBooster Mod
Phm_Dscm.lha               mods/pro    115K  GEN  015: "Discomania" [Dance]
playOGG.lha                mus/play    1.0M  OS3  Play OGG, MP3, FLAC, VOB, AC3, RA, mods.
vspcplay-mos.lha           mus/play    224K  MOS  A Super Nintendo Music Player/Tool
vspcplay.lha               mus/play    339K  OS4  A Super Nintendo Music Player/Tool
PvD_PNGs_No1.lha           pix/icon    1.3M  GEN  +200 nice PNG Icons, Vol.1
PvD_PNGs_No2.lha           pix/icon    1.8M  GEN  300 nice PNG Icons, Vol.2
PvD_PNGs_No3.lha           pix/icon    2.0M  GEN  +300 nice PNG Icons, Vol.3
PvD_PNGs_No3_64x64.lha     pix/icon    2.9M  GEN  +300 nice PNG Icons, Vol.3, size 64
ced_l10n.lha               text/edit     1K  GEN  Localization patch for CygnusEd
IconBeFast.lha             util/boot    30K  OS3  patch for faster icons & color mapping
z802tzx-aos4.lha           util/conv   119K  OS4  Spectrum Z80 Snapshot to TZX Tape Conver
StartBar-ITA.lha           util/misc   100K  OS3  Italian version of StartBar
TopCPU_v1_10.lha           util/moni    48K  MOS  CPU monitor (MUI) with freeze/setPri/bre
UnCPS-AGA.lha              util/pack     8K  OS3  Tools to UNPACK/PACK/VIEW CPS/CMP files
ftx.lha                    util/rexx     2K  GEN  copy one file to x-others
rirc.lha                   util/rexx    22K  GEN  IRC client purely in ARexx with many fea
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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31.Jul.2006 Uploads until 30.07.2006
These are the most recent uploads at since our last message:
dupfinder.lha      uti/fil    8kb  Finds even more duplicate files on your 
autodocviewer.lha  dev/uti  300kb  Autodoc viewer for OS4
vspcplay.lha       aud/pla  338kb  VSPCPlay a Super Nintendo Music Player/T
z802tzx.lha        emu/uti  118kb  Spectrum Z80 Snapshot to TZX Tape Conver
zxscredit.lha      emu/uti  213kb  ZXscredit - a ZX Spectrum image (SCREEN$
zxscrview.lha      emu/uti  159kb  ZX Screen Viewer
texinfo-bin.lha    dev/mis  496kb  GNU documentation system
texinfo-src.lha    dev/mis    2Mb  GNU documentation system (sources)
simcoupe.lha       emu/com    1Mb  SAM Coupé Emulator
termcap.lha        dev/lib  489kb  GNU termcap library
bochs-src.lha      emu/com    4Mb  x86 PC amulator, Quick'n'dirty WIP port 
bochs.lha          emu/com    3Mb  x86 PC amulator, Quick'n'dirty WIP port
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30.Jul.2006 (Web page)

Sensible Soccer: Offline tournament in Rostock, August 15, 2006
In the evening of August 15, 2006, a Sensible Soccer tournament takes place in Rostock. (cg) (Translation: cad)

[News message: 30. Jul. 2006, 15:40] [Comments: 0]
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30.Jul.2006 (Web page)

MorphOS: Vector graphics program SteamDraw 0.6R4
Stefan Kleinheinrich is making available an update to his 2D vector graphics program SteamDraw. Changes since R3:
  • all tools now use magnetism
  • path-objects can be filled
  • linepatterns (see manual for detail)
(cg) (Translation: cad)

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30.Jul.2006 (Web page)

Linux: PowerPC port of Robin Hood
The strategy game "Robin Hood - The Legend of Sherwood", distributed by Rune Soft for Mac OS X and Linux/x86, is now also available for Linux-operated PowerPC computers thanks to the assistance of Gunnar von Boehn.

A demo version can be downloaded under the title link.

The currently distributed CD's of the Linux/x86 full version can be installed under Linux/PPC as well; a 3 MB-large PowerPC update is required for the operation, which will also be available on the Rune Soft web page within the next few days. (snx) (Translation: cad)

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Martin Henke (ANF)

Windows: Update to the starter software for the broadcast "Neues"
The starter software for the Real stream of the 3sat broadcast "Neues" has experienced an update to version 1.3.1 due to the changed broadcast time. Through this, changed broadcast data will not require program updates anymore in the future.

  • Saving the quality level in the INI file
  • Managing the broadcast data via a separate file (Sendungstage.txt)
Download: (2.3 MB) (snx) (Translation: cad)

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Ricco Clemens (ANF)

Print magazine: Total Amiga 24 available in Germany
For some days now is the issue #24 of the English print magazine "Total Amiga" available. Since recently you can order the "Total Amiga" again in Germany at "Alinea Computer" in the shop system or via email. (cg) (Translation: wk)

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29.Jul.2006 (website)

AmigaOS 4: Mindspace 0.9
MindSpace is a drawing program to create among other things flowcharts, UML diagrams (Unified Modeling Language), mindmaps or vector images. The most important changes for version 0.9:
  • Use of Nodes to go from this to this in one click
  • Full range of arrow/shapes at ends of line and connectors (MindSpace is now almost useful!)
  • Wide range of preferences, including option to use AISS for main toolbar. Thanks Mason!
(cg) (Translation: wk)

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