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Description:ViNCEd, the CON: with ^Z & TAB Expand
Developer:Thomas Richter
Short: ViNCEd, the CON: with ^Z & TAB Expand
Author: thomas.richter@alumni.tu-berlin.de (Thomas Richter)
Uploader: thomas richter alumni tu-berlin de (Thomas Richter)
Type: util/shell
Version: 3.103
Architecture: m68k-amigaos >= 2.0

Warning: The 3.69 was is the LAST releases that still supported Os 1.x
You have been warned. 3.95 requires Os 2.0 or better.
Actually, Os 3.1.4 or better is recommended.

About ViNCEd

The latest version (3.103) of the full screen shell editor (CON: replacement)

-Extremly flexible
-Comes with prefs program with nice GUI
-User defineable macros and buttons (gadgets) with parameters
-Full screen editor, not line limited
-Compatible to CON: and ConMan
-VT-220 emulation build in
-ANSI (VT-xxx) colors on request
-Freely configurable keyboard
-ASCII prefs, a standard editor is enough to change them by hand.
-Keypad mode on request (numeric keypad for cursor control)
-Supports control sequences of:
-XTerm (Unix Shells) including mouse tracking
-SGI winterm
-plus private stuff (set keyboard, colors and font by ctrl seqs)
-TAB expansion, with different TAB requesters as option
-TAB expansion cache
-Colored cursor on request
-Menu, clipboard support build in (no ConClip needed)
-"More than complete" online help plus documentation
-C include files, autodocs for the library included
-Screen title might contain path/fail codes/CLI number & more
-Localizeable (German available, more locales welcome)
-Job control á la unix with Ctrl-Z
-suspends shell jobs
-sends shell jobs to forgeground & background
using tiny shell scripts "fg" and "bg" like unix
- "screens" support
-documented library for own applications and editor programming
-iconification support
-uses public "tbiclass" gadgets of VisualPrefs, or Massimo's
toolbutton images if available.
-easy installation
-full control by single program (SetVNC)
-clipboard support, snip control with middle mouse button or Ctrl-left-Mouse
-can create private screens on request
-font & monitor selectable by prefs
-icon drop, with modifiers for path/name only
-100% assembly language => fast & short (err, as short as I could do it.)

Plus: It's 100% free! Hey, I must be crazy!


-------- history ----- this is not the complete history, read the guide!----

Changes made for 3.103:

While there are not many observable changes, the internal structure
of ViNCEd changed a lot, in preparation for a future major release.
From the user perspective, the following things changed:
- The knob size of the horizontal scroll gadget is now computed
from the taken scroll space, and no longer from the maximum
available space.
- Also, the computation of the vertical knob size was incorrect in
case a scroll region was installed into the window by means of
the CSI n;m r sequence.
- Rewrapping of the window contents with installed scroll region
might have been off and might have positioned the cursor in the
wrong spot upon re-wrapping of the window contents.
- If cursor movement was restricted to the visible area, the cursor
could not move at all in printed output. This now changed such that
the cursor can move in such areas, provided there is no user input.
As soon as input appears, cursor movement remains constrained to the
- Overriding the CON: mount damaged a dos.library semaphore because
dos.library creates a mis-aligned "fake" seglist for the ROM-resident
CON-Handler. Added a workaround, this should prevent system hangs.

Internal changes:
- ViNCed no longer relocates dedicated line pointers in its main
structure upon garbadge collection; instead, ViNCEd uses now a handle
system with stack-based handle allocation to ensure proper pointer
relocation. This would allow many more "floating" line pointer in
future releases.
- The "word" structure no longer uses offsets from the left window
edge to indicate the position of a word. Instead, an offset from the
end of the last word is used. The entire line compaction/expansion was
rewritten. This, together with the previous choice, and the prop
gadget change, would enable arbitrary long lines in future releases of
ViNCEd. Currently, the line length is limited by about 250 characters.
- Handling of the scroll region was greatly simplified. Instead of
moving lines around on the "visible line list" upon insertion and
deletion of lines, the lines in the scroll region are now kept in two
separate lists which are not touched by the typical editor screen
-As a side effect of these changes, the VNC main structure changed in
some places.

Changes made for 3.102:

ViNCEd now also delays the allocation of the TmpRas and by that
avoids any allocation of Chipmem until absolutely needed. If ViNCEd
is used as boot console, the TmpRas memory blocked MuMove4K from
releasing all ChipMem below 32K, and thus blocked its operation.
Additionally, the memory management and garbadge collector of ViNCEd
is all new and should perform better. The dynamic line and buffer
structures require now 8 bytes less per line.
Also forgot to include the C prototypes for the vnc.library.

Changes made for 3.101:

ViNCEd now delays loading the icon and workbench libraries, and
only opens them when they are already in memory. This avoids
conflicts during early startup if only one of the libraries is replaced
by LoadModule. While this is potentially a user error, it may be
helpful to be conservative. ViNCEd now re-attempts to open the
libraries as soon as the preferences become available, i.e. whenever
ENV: is created and filled.

Changes made for 3.100:

When the VNC clip supervisor restarted some of its services,
it invalidly accessed one of its internal variables as LONG
rather than BYTE, causing an address fault on the 68000.
Otherwise, the access was harmless. This was fixed in release

Changes made for 3.99:

The ViNCEd "mount override" function to replace CON: and RAW:
did not work correctly in combination with the ViNCEd Boot
Shim of Os 3.2 and broke the RAW: handler instead of replacing
it by ViNCEd. This was fixed in 3.99.

Changes made for 3.98:

If ViNCEd became active before ENV: and LOCALE: were setup,
the localization wasn't updated for new windows even after
ENV: became mounted. ViNCEd now also pulls all new system
preferences once it becomes aware that the preferences system
becomes active. Also, a new swedish locale is included, thank
goes to Pär Boberg for tackling this!

Changes made for 3.97:

When ViNCEd becomes active before the ENV: assign is made,
ViNCEd did not become aware of preferences changes and hence
never adapted its settings if changes were made through
SetVNC. It now re-attempts to register notification events
every time a ViNCEd window is openend.

Changes made for 3.96:

When mounted, ViNCEd now automatically fixes its stack size
to at least 4096 bytes required by the core. This avoids
problems if ViNCEd is used as CON: replacement and the CON:
stack size is not fixed by SetPatch as it should.

Changes made for 3.95.1:

ViNCEd remained unchanged, but SetVNC was updated. First, the
"simple setup" apparently confused many people as some options
mentioned in the guide do not appear unless users un-ticked the
"simple setup" in the first page.
Second, sizing the sprite for the color setup did not work
properly on AGA machines with the hires sprite selected, and
SetVNC did not restore the original resolution of the sprite
pointer when terminating.

Changes made for 3.95:

This release resolves one of the "open ends" of ViCNEd. In case
the "automatic line breaking at the right border" was selected,
ViNCEd broke the lines as requested, but did not re-compute
line-breaking when the window was resized. While a lot of
preparation work was done to make this possible, the actual
re-formatting algorithm was missing, and was finally included.

Note that formatting only applies to printed output, not to
user input, which continues to scroll.

Changes made for 3.94:

After 18 years of silence, this is a re-release of ViNCEd under
my own copyright, and ViNCEd is again freeware.
This version improves the handling of the "medium mode" such that
it is fully compatible with the Os 3.2 (v47) version of the shell.
TAB expansion is then fully done by the shell, bypassing ViNCEd.
ViNCEd changes now its cursor shape for the shell-driven TAB
expansion, and sends a ^E to the shell to abort the expansion.
Also, ViNCEd uses now the intuition v47 sysiclass for iconification
if this gadget is present.


Check the TOP_SECRET or ReadMe.First file in this archive!
Especially, these SHOULD BE RUN FIRST before you start with
the installation.

VirusWorkShop seems to have trouble with the overlay file structure
that is used by the SetVNC program.
THIS IS NOT A VIRUS! It is a bugfix of the oldish CBM overlay
manager which is really buggy!

To trick VirusWorkshop, the SetVNC program in this archive is
encoded. Use the "Decode" program from the "Extras" drawer to
decode manually. The installer script has been updated to do
this for you.


Send ideas, improvements, bugreports (please as concrete as possible) to:

Thomas Richter

EMail: thomas.richter@alumni.tu-berlin.de


August 2021

Upload Date:Aug 31 2021
Size:840 KB