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Bugs/Annoyances in TOS, Developers kit, ... [message #282994] Mon, 10 March 1986 14:44 Go to previous message
Originally posted by: johnf

Article-I.D.: apollo.2c69fde5.917
Posted: Mon Mar 10 14:44:00 1986
Date-Received: Wed, 12-Mar-86 21:43:27 EST
Organization: Apollo Computer, Chelmsford, Mass.
Lines: 35

I just got my developers kit, and so have at last started to play with my ST.
A few bugs and annoyances have cropped up, so I thowght I would share them
with the net.

My hardware configuration is:
Vanilla 520ST (no 1meg upgrade, no TOS in ROM, ...)
One Single-Sided and one Double-Sided floppy drive.
Both B/W & RGB monitors (although only one at a time, sigh...)

o Eight-Character folder names do not seem to work. I created B:\EXAMPLES\
and tried to move APSKEL.C and ACCSKEL.C into it. All I got was an error
message saying "This application is unable to open the folder you named".
Everything worked just fine if the folder name was B:\DOC\

o BATCH.TTP gives up at once (with no error messages) if you supply less
parameters then it expects. I had created a generic batch script to
compile, load, and run a C program. As the C program took parameters I
had a line in the batch script of the form "B:%1.PRG %2". When I tried
to use this same batch script to test another C program which did not
take parameters I only supplied the first parameter, and BATCH.TTP gave
up after printing its banner line. Supplying a dummy second parameter
made BATCH.TTP happy.

* o There is no easy way to make a double-sided bootable system disk.
The only way I can see is to write a C program myself to create a
boot sector on the disk.

* o It would be really nice if there was a simple application to display
a source file. I know that MicroEmacs will let me look at a file, but
I would really like to be able to scroll through a document using
scroll bars!

If anybody has source code for either of the last two items (flagged with *)
I would love to hear from them. If not, then when I get round to writing them
myself I will post the sources to the net.
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