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  1. Preset tooltype "UNITNUM" for printer settings.
  2. What are the new command-line options available in SetPatch v44.16?
  3. Are there any special options in colorwheel.gadget v45.0 (or higher?)
  4. Is the "Help" key utilized in OS 3.9?
  5. Is there an NSDPatch.cfg entry for narrator.device? [fixed in BB1]
  6. What are the valid tooltypes for HDToolBox?
  7. I just downloaded the Locale update archive/BB1 from amiga.com, and found a new library not installed nor documented on my system, called "rusgrammar.library". What is it for?

1.
Q: Preset tooltype "UNITNUM" for printer settings.
A: Although currently buggy (see the Known Bugs page), presets for Printer settings can have a "UNITNUM" tooltype which allows you to set which printer unit number to use.
2.
Q: What are the new command-line options available in SetPatch v44.16?
A:
  • NOROMUPDATE/S .. does what it says.
  • DISABLEROMMODULES/K .. accepts a comma separated list (no spaces!) of module names and takes them out of the module list. It's the infamous RemLibrary functionality. If you don't know what you are doing, you crash.
  • SKIPROMUPDATES/S .. will skip selected update modules in the update file. It also accepts a comma separated list of module names.
  • KILLUPDATE/S .. removes all the kicktags SetPatch had installed.
  • FORCEUPDATE/S .. will install updates even though something has been installed previously already.
  • WAITFORVALIDATE/S .. SetPatch will wait for all volumes to be validated now before rebooting! The DosList will be checked once a second.

[Stephan Rupprecht]

3.
Q: Are there any special options in colorwheel.gadget v45.0 (or higher?)
A: Yes. The following can help with pen allocation:

colorwheel.gadget 45.0 (27.10.00)

The maximum number of pens the gadget will try to allocate can be specified via an environment variable, now. The variable is called "classes/gadgets/cw_maxpens"; it can be set to either 7, 19, 37, 61, or 91 pens (you can set it to other values, but only the listed ones make sense).

To set this, type the following in from a Shell window; where 'x' is the maximum of pens to allocate (7...91). The SAVE option copies the variable to ENVARC: (with SetEnv v45 or higher).

c:SetENV SAVE classes/gadgets/cw_maxpens x

[Stephan Rupprecht]

4.
Q: Is the "Help" key utilized in OS 3.9?
A:

In Workbench, the "Help" key is already programmed to load the file HELP:english/sys/workbench.guide (and the workbench.guide from your selected language in Workbench). Both the OS 3.5 & 3.9 CDs contain (although empty and of no practical use) workbench.guide files:

AmigaOS3.5:Emergency-Boot/Locale/Help/english/Sys/workbench.guide
AmigaOS3.9:Emergency-Boot/Locale/Help/english/Sys/workbench.guide

5.
Q: Is there an NSDPatch.cfg entry for narrator.device? [fixed in BB1]
A:

Thanks to Heinz Wrobel, yes. The entry is as follows:

DEVICE narrator.device DEVICETYPE NSDEVTYPE_UNKNOWN COMMANDS 1-8

[Todd A. Oberly]

6.
Q: What are the valid tooltypes for HDToolBox?
A:

The complete list of tooltypes for HDToolBox are as follows:

ASKDEVICE=YES ("TRUE" or left blank is also valid; or "NO")
DEVICE=devicename (name of device)
SCSI_DEVICE_NAME=devicename (same as DEVICE; may be used for compatibility reasons)
WIDESCSI (set this for wide SCSI adapters; arguments same as "ASKDEVICE" tooltype)
MFSAVEPATH=pathname (where to save mount files and filesystems to; defaults to SYS:)

[Jochen Becher]

7.
Q: I just downloaded the new Locale update archive/BB1 from amiga.com, and found a new library not installed nor documented on my system, called "rusgrammar.library". What is it for?
A:

rusgrammar.library is an optional support library for the Russian locale, maintained by some members of ATO Russia. The distributed version provides support for the CP1251 charset.

[David Rey]