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Programming / How to disable blink?
« on: November 19, 2019, 12:37:35 PM »
My application, written in PxPlus (not Nomads) occasionally uses 'BB' and 'EB' to highlight various fields.
Many, many years ago we set 'BB' to appear in red using
   1118 LET TEMP$(17,8)=$0101010101010101$; REM " 'BB' = Red
so these fields both blinked and appeared with red text.

I have a client who likes the red, but doesn't want the text to blink.
Is there a method to globally turn off the blink, without affecting the color?
I've tried
but those aren't accepted.

I've tried
but that seems to make the text disappear completely.

Maybe this is a matter of modifying the terminal driver in *dev
But, frankly, I'm not sure which terminal driver I'm using.
I'm starting PxPlus with
  "\\spsrds\c$\PVX Plus Technologies\PxPlus 2019 Upd 1\pxplus.exe" -NR -SZ=8000  m:\_QAP\CP\OP4MZA"
running on a Windows server.  What determines which terminal emulation setup routine is used?  If I knew that, would it just be a matter of REM'ing out the

Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

ODBC / Was ODBC included in PxPlus Rev 8 Professional?
« on: October 10, 2019, 02:51:54 PM »
Was support for ODBC included in Rev 8 Professional?

I have a client running PxPlus Rev 8 Professional on a Redhat Linux system
There don't seem to be any pvx OBDC drivers installed, perhaps because they didn't need them when the system was originally installed.
Now I'd like to be able to access their pxplus data files using SQL from windows.
Can this be done?  Or do I need to buy newer pxplus licensed for each Windows user that would want to run SQL?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Ned Lee, AMS Software

Language / *VIEWER* with SSH
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:55:54 PM »
I am helping a client move an existing Providex Plus application to a new server.
On the new server, when trying to execute:
   OPEN (7) "*VIEWER*"
they get the following error:

0134 LET ParametersSoftware=NEW("*viewer/parameters","*viewer/software.prm")
Error #99: Feature not supported
   Current program is /pxplus/lib/_dev/preview, line 134

I found a post on this forum "How can I spawn a process when using WindX and SSH" (July 12, 2018)
and based on it, I tried setting
   %PXPLUS_HOST$="*x.x.x.x;22" (where x.x.x.x is the IP address of the server)
but that didn't seem to make any difference.
That same post suggests running *plus/cs/host in the background.  How would I do that? 

They have been running Providex 9.1 On Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3
The new system runs Providex 15 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6

They have been connecting sessions using
"C:\PVX Plus Technologies\Windx Plugin V10\pxplus.exe" WindX
and *VIEWER* has been working with no problems.

Under the new system, they connect using
"C:\PVX Plus Technologies\Windx Plugin 2018\pxplus.exe", with connection type SSH

Is there a way to give them access to *VIEWER* using the SSH connection?
If not, is there a recommended alternate way to connect that WOULD give them access the *VIEWER* ?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Ned Lee
QA Solutions Division, AMS Software

Thin Client/WindX / Printing from Application Server
« on: August 22, 2018, 12:07:39 PM »
I'm trying to print something on my local printer from a Providex session running under Application Server in a remote location.
I thought I could just
OPEN (1) "*winprt*"
to get a Windows pop up window that would allow me to select a printer known to my Windows system.
But nothing comes up.  It just accepts the command.  If I
it replies "*winprt*"
What am I doing wrong?

I am starting Windx using the following target:
"C:\PVX Plus Technologies\Windx Plugin 2017\pxplus.exe" -mn "*client" -ARG "x.x.x.x" 10020 DMIAPP -ka -ssl

My application works well, except that I need to know how to print.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Ned Lee
AMS Software, QA Solutions Division

Programming / Utility to extract text from .rtf files?
« on: July 24, 2018, 12:54:04 PM »
I have a client who is receiving files in .rtf format.  I need to extract the plain text from the file (without any formatting information.)  I found a VERY old (20+ years?) specification of .rtf syntax (Rev 1.5) and tried to use its basic formatting rules to filter out formatting and graphic information, but apparently newer features don't conform to the original syntax.

Does anyone have experience pulling text from .rtf files?  Just a reasonably recent specification of the .rtf format would probably be enough.  Or, if a utility already exists to do what I want, that would be great, too.  My client is running PxPlus under Linux.

- Ned Lee
QA Solutions Division
AMS Software

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