0.9b (c) 1995 Peter Childs
OS/2 saves a big part of its configuration in the files OS2.INI and OS2SYS.INI. Therefore, many of the changes you might make to the WPS with REXX will involve changing some entries in these INI files.
The basic structure of OS/2 INI files is hierarchical, consisting of the following elements and order:
Application Key Value
Applications are the main entries. Each application must have at least one Key, and each Key must have a Value (Note that a lot of Values - but not all - include a trailing NULL byte ['00'x]). This byte may be needed for certain values to function properly. It should not be discarded when values are modified.)
To read or change INI file entries in REXX programs you can use the REXXUTIL function <SysIni. For example, to read the value of the key PDR_DIR of the application PM_INSTALL in the file OS2.INI you can use the REXX statement
pdr_dir = SysIni( 'USER', 'PM_INSTALL', 'PDR_DIR' ) if pdr_dir = 'ERROR:' then say 'Error reading the key from the INI file!'
To change the value of this key you can use
newPDR_DIR = 'I:\OS2IMAGE' || '00'x thisRC = SysIni( 'USER', 'PM_INSTALL', 'PDR_DIR', newPDR_DIR ) if thisRC = 'ERROR:' then say 'Error reading the key from the INI file!'
(BTW: The key used in the example above holds the name of the directory with the OS/2 image files (I:\OS2IMAGE) from which the system was installed. The value of this key is also the default value for the directory containing the OS/2 image if you do a Selective Install. The drive letter represents the drive that was used when the system was installed; therefore it can differ from one installation to another)
A detailed description of the contents of the OS/2 INI files (including many REXX samples to change the entries) is included in the book OS/2 2.11 Power Techniques. (Don't mind the version 2.11 in the title - the book is also useful for WARP 4).
Some useful entries are described in the next sections.
Note that, unless noted otherwise, all entries below have been tested only with OS/2 WARP Version 3.
You can use the program ConvIni.CMD to convert parts or all of an INI file into a REXX program to recreate the INI file entries.
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