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leighb2282

by leighb2282 posted Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:16 am

Ah! My misunderstanding!

And yeah, probably like yourself every place that has an archive of fish disks always seem to have .lha even for full disk contents.

Were the original fish disks back in the day bootable on their own or were you expected to boot workbench first before inserting the fish disk? was there some sort of menu system if they were bootable?


intric8 wrote:Leigh:
I would be against links to Aminet
That's not what I meant I would do. I would host everything here. What I meant was if you did a search for an individual program's file name on Aminet, you could find that one file. It was more a revelation that the programs had been broken down to their individual parts.

I'd represent everything as packages and disks as shown in the mocks. I'm just saying it would be very easy to make each file name (in the mock for "Disk page" as a red link to the file itself - here - in addition to the entire disk zipped up, which you could download from the top of the page as well.

Freds disks, ordered by disk and all programs presented in .lha format if you were to provide links to individual programs this might be a good resource to use as it would preserve links to the correct disk/version of an app.
That's what I'm trying to say, except that I would host them here and not hot-link to external sites. But I'd also host the original Zipped up packages of all of the original disks. ADFs would be ideal, but I don't think I have an easy means to do that (nor has anyone else ever tried to do that... it would take a ton of work - more than I can offer right now).
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intric8
Seattle, WA, USA

by intric8 posted Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:48 am

Were the original fish disks back in the day bootable on their own or were you expected to boot workbench first before inserting the fish disk?
No, they weren't bootable. You were expected to launch Workbench and go from there. To that end, a lot of the programs didn't even have icons - you had to either make icons for them or just run them straight from the shell.
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leighb2282

by leighb2282 posted Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:02 pm

intric8 wrote:
Were the original fish disks back in the day bootable on their own or were you expected to boot workbench first before inserting the fish disk?
No, they weren't bootable. You were expected to launch Workbench and go from there. To that end, a lot of the programs didn't even have icons - you had to either make icons for them or just run them straight from the shell.


Apologies for going on a slight tangent here, but how WOULD you create icons for them so you could click on the included programs in workbench?
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intric8
Seattle, WA, USA

by intric8 posted Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:17 am

I think these days most people use 3rd-party tools for the classic OSes.

I let a program do it all for me. Specifically, I'll launch Directory Opus, which has a "Add Icon" button. I browse to the drawer that has all of my un-iconed programs - like a fred fish disk. By default if you don't have icons for those programs WB won't display them. You'd have to go to the shell to launch them. But in DOpus, you can easily browse to the drawer and just click on the program to highlight it. Then click the "Add Icon" button. It'll create the 'programName.info' icon for you. The next time you open the drawer in WB, you should see a generic icon for your program that you can double click to launch.
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Zippy Zapp
CA, USA

by Zippy Zapp posted Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:33 pm

+1 for DOpus. If you are using 2.0+ you can also show all icons from the menu. This will show all the files on the disk with generic icons. A hammer for an executable, etc.

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