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Short:Asl/Arp/Req/Intuition/RT requester to RT/Asl patcher
Author:Thore Böckelmann
Uploader:Thore Böckelmann <tboeckel gmx de>
Type:util/misc
Version:39.13
Architecture:m68k-amigaos >= 3.0.0
Date:2006-01-25
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Readme:http://aminet.net/util/misc/AslToRT.readme
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TITLE
  AslToRT


VERSION
  39.13


AUTHOR
  Thore Böckelmann <tboeckel at gmx dot de>


REQUIREMENTS
  Any Amiga® (compatible) computer with at least OS3.0 and 68020+ cpu.


DESCRIPTION
  AslToRT is a utility that is meant to replace RTPatch by Nico François, the
  original author of the ReqTools package. RTPatch has several bugs when
  running under OS3.x. It uses a very tricky mechanism to patch the desired
  libraries only when they are opened. This causes a very annoying behavior
  with asl.library. Under OS2.x this library kept its open counter equal to
  zero, which is no longer the fact for OS3.x. As a result the library's name
  is changed from "asl.library" to "asl.§ibrary", where the "§" stands for an
  unprintable character. The effect is, that asl.library will be loaded again
  and again, because it is no longer in memory with the correct name. This is
  very bad in the way Amiga shared libraries are intended to work. So you have
  no longer one copy of the library in memory, but several identical copies, of
  which each eats up your machines memory.

  AslToRT does all the things that RTPatch does, but in a (hopefully) much
  better way. Additionally you can choose very exactly which libraries and
  which functions should be patched to use the apropriate ReqTools function.

  From version 39.2 on AslToRT can behave like a fictious program called
  "RTToAsl", that means it can redirect all of reqtools' requesters to the
  equivalent asl requesters. The desired work mode is selected by the new
  PATCHMODE option.


USAGE
  You can start AslToRT from either Workbench or Shell with the following
  options:

  ASLFILE/S,ASLFONT/S,ASLSCREEN/S,ASLALL/S,INTUIAUTOREQ/S,INTUIEASYREQ/S,
  INTUIALL/S,REQFILE/S,REQFONT/S,REQLONG/S,REQSTRING/S,REQTEXT/S,REQCOLOR/S,
  REQALL/S,ARPFILE/S,ARPALL/S,REQTOOLSFILE/S,REQTOOLSFONT/S,REQTOOLSSCREEN/S,
  REQTOOLSALL/S,ALL/S,PATCHMODE,IGNOREHEIGHT/S,CENTERTEXT/S,OVERRIDE/S,
  ASLAVOIDTASKS/K,REQTOOLSAVOIDTASKS/K,REQAVOIDTASKS/K,ARPAVOIDTASKS/K,
  INTUIAVOIDTASKS/K

  ASLFILE/S: patch asl.library's file requesters
  ASLFONT/S: patch asl.library's font requesters
  ASLSCREEN/S: patch asl.library's screenmode requesters
  ASLALL/S: patch all of asl.library's requesters
  INTUIAUTOREQ/S: patch intuition.library/AutoRequest()
  INTUIEASYREQ/S: patch intuition.library/EasyRequest()
  INTUIALL/S: patch all of intuition.library's requesters
  REQFILE/S: patch req.library's file requesters
  REQFONT/S: patch req.library's font requesters
  REQLONG/S: patch req.library/GetLong()
  REQSTRING/S: patch req.library/GetString()
  REQTEXT/S: patch req.library/TextRequest()
  REQCOLOR/S: patch req.library/ColorRequest()
  REQALL/S: patch all of req.library's requesters
  ARPFILE/S: patch arp.library's file requesters
  ARPALL/S: patch all of arp.library's requesters
  REQTOOLSFILE/S: patch reqtools.library's file requesters
  REQTOOLSFONT/S: patch reqtools.library's font requesters
  REQTOOLSSCREEN/S: patch reqtools.library's screenmode requesters
  REQTOOLSALL/S: patch all of reqtools.library's requesters
  ALL/S: patch all requesters of every library (asl/arp/req/intuition/reqtools)
  PATCHMODE: either ASL or REQTOOLS (default: REQTOOLS)
  IGNOREHEIGHT/S: ignore the height of file/font/screenmode requesters and use
    ReqTools' preferred window height
  CENTERTEXT/S: center the body text of AutoRequest()/EasyRequest()ers
  OVERRIDE/S: override fallback to asl.library for some unsupported features
    and use ReqTools requesters nevertheless
  ASLAVOIDTASKS/K: case sensitive pattern for tasks that should not be patched
  REQTOOLSAVOIDTASKS/K: case sensitive pattern for tasks that should not be
    patched
  REQAVOIDTASKS/K: case sensitive pattern for tasks that should not be patched
  ARPAVOIDTASKS/K: case sensitive pattern for tasks that should not be patched
  INTUIAVOIDTASKS/K: case sensitive pattern for tasks that should not be
    patched

  You must specify at least one of these options, else AslToRT will exit
  immediately without patching anything.

  You can start and quit AslToRT at any time. Only requesters allocated after
  running AslToRT will be redirected to ReqTools. To quit AslToRT simply start
  it again.


INSTALLATION
  Copy AslToRT where ever you want, but SYS:WBStartup is a very good place


KNOWN BUGS
  reqtools.library is not able to emulate all details of asl.library.
  Especially the very new functionality introduced with asl.library V44 (OS3.9)
  cannot be done with reqtools.

  Some requesters by intuition/AutoRequest() cannot be patched to
  reqtools.library because they use some tricky mechanisms to place the text
  within the window, which reqtools.library cannot do (i.e. the device info
  requester of DiskSalv V2+).

  Most of Workbench's and dos.library's message requesters can be redirected to
  reqtools.library, but some cannot. These are the requesters that are build by
  intuition/BuildSysRequest() and intuition/BuildEasyRequest() and are
  displayed asynchronously. Although reqtools.library itself can do the same
  thing it is not possible to emulate intuiton.library's way by
  reqtools.library (i.e. Workbench's Version/Copyright requester).

  Since version 39.2 you can redirect reqtools' requesters to asl, but the
  asychronous requesters of reqtools cannot be emulated by asl, therefore these
  requesters will not be redirected. But as it is very hard to find programs
  using reqtools.library directly these days I assume this is not a very big
  drawback.

  For those who are interested, AslToRT patches the following functions (if
  enabled via options):

  asl.library:
    AllocAslRequest()
    FreeAslRequest()
    AslRequest()

  intuition.library:
    AutoRequest()
    EasyRequestArgs()

  req.library:
    FileRequester()
    GetLong()
    GetString()
    NewGetString()
    TextRequest()
    ColorRequester()
    ExtendedColorRequester()

  arp.library:
    FileRequest()

  reqtools.library:
    rtAllocRequest()
    rtFreeRequest()
    rtFreeFileList()
    rtChangeReqAttr()
    rtFileRequest()
    rtFontRequest()
    rtScreenModeRequest()


RECENT HISTORY
  39.13 (24.01.2006):
    - MCP illegaly passes a NULL filename to rtFileRequest() when opening its
      AssignWedge drawer-only requester to query a directory to set the assign
      to. The Autodocs state that the filename parameter MUST be a valid
      pointer, although it doesn't state this explicitly if no filename can be
      obtained. The latter is the case for drawer-only requesters and very
      likely for volume requesters, too. Again, thanks to Luca Longone for the
      report.
    - ASL and ReqTools have oppositional ideas of when to share the IDCMP port
      of a parent window. ReqTools normally never shares this port, while ASL
      will always do that. That lead to many obscure crashes when applications
      tried to open a requester on their own screen. Thanks to Luca Longone for
      all his testing.


COPYRIGHT AND DISCLAIMER
  AslToRT is copyrighted 2001-2006 by Thore Böckelmann.
  All rights reserved. This program is freeware, so no financial donations
  required. Redistribution allowed if the package is left unchanged. The author
  is not responsible for any damage caused by the use or misuse of this
  documentation and/or the program(s) it describes.

  AslToRT uses the SmartReadArgs package by Thomas Aglassinger.


SEE ALSO
  ReqTools 2.9 User package


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[unknown]                 5164   13485  38.3% -lh5- 0e7e Jan 24 20:26 AslToRT.readme
[unknown]                 1549    2324  66.7% -lh5- dac6 Jan 24 20:26 ShowReqs
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