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  1. Why do both the original OS 3.5 CD installation and Boing Bag 1 have the same version number (44.2)?
  2. What do the new C: commands "Group" and "Owner" do? They aren't covered in the manual.
  3. What is the new C: command "CAPrefs"?
  4. ClassAct was already installed on my system. What happened to "CAPrefs" and the "ClassAct" prefs editor?
  5. After installation of Boing Bag 1, the printing is somehow suddenly disrupted. It prints the entire page in a small block, only prints some garble at the top left edge, etc.--what happened?
  6. Sometimes my Amiga freezes, or at least the GUI (the Amiga seems to work on, downloads are being finished etc.)--is that a bug in OS3.5 or which patch is the culprit?
  7. I've just installed OS 3.5. Can I install just Boing Bag 2a, or do I need to install both Boing Bag 1 & 2a in numerical order to update my OS 3.5 installation?
  8. How does Boing Bag 2a differ from OS 3.9?
  9. How do the new printer device selection options work in PrinterPrefs, and what is the "unit name"?
  10. The fuel gauge in AWeb-II v3.3 sometimes displays incorrect data. Is this a bug in AWeb, or Workbench?
  11. I've noticed that some memory is not returned after running one of the system preference editors; why is this?
  12. If a Workbench window is set to show all files and view by name, the listing is sometimes truncated on the right so that the protection flags aren't shown. Why is this?
  13. Where are Boing Bags 1 and 2a located?

1.
Q: Why do both the original OS 3.5 CD installation and Boing Bag 1 have the same version number (44.2)?
A: The updated version.library (44.4) intended for inclusion in Boing Bag 1 was accidentally ommitted. Boing Bag 2a has a new version.library number (v44.5) to reflect its changes. [Olaf Barthel]
2.
Q: What do the new C: commands "Group" and "Owner" do? They aren't covered in the manual.
A: Group and Owner let you alter the owner/group flags in filesystems that support this. They used to be part of AS225 and Envoy. Note that the OS 3.5 "List" command now also supports users/groups options. [Kolbjørn Barmen]

There are more new features in other shell commands; List now has a sort option:
List sort N = sort name
List sort S = sort size
List sort D = sort date

[Martin Steigerwald]

3.
Q: What is the new C: command "CAPrefs"?
A: CAPrefs was the "IPrefs add-on" required for the "ClassAct" GUI. As ClassAct has been integrated into the OS (now called "ReAction") and the functionality of CAPrefs is now handled by IPrefs, CAPrefs is replaced by a dummy file.
4.
Q: ClassAct was already installed on my system. What happened to "CAPrefs" and the "ClassAct" prefs editor?
A: They are replaced with dummy files by the OS 3.5 installer and are no longer needed. OS 3.5's "ReAction" is the successor of ClassAct, and the prefs are initialized via the normal "IPrefs" command that is in your S-Sanyway. You can safely remove the "CAPrefs" command from your S-S or U-S and delete the "ClassAct" prefs editor.
5.
Q: After installation of Boing Bag 1, the printing is somehow suddenly disrupted. It prints the entire page in a small block, only prints some garble at the top left edge, etc.--what happened?
A: The Boing Bag 1 printer drivers are broken. A solution for fixing them has not yet been found. Until an update is available, re-install the drivers from the original CD; they should work fine. [Gregory Donner]
6.
Q: Sometimes my entire Amiga freezes, or at least the GUI (the Amiga seems to work on, downloads are being finished etc.)--is that a bug in OS 3.5 or which patch is the culprit?
A: This is a bug in OS 3.5. Whenever an icon operation (e.g. the updating of YAM's mailbox status appicon, or when you insert/remove a disk) collides with an input/GUI event (moving/opening/closing/dragging a window etc.) [Xavier Messersmith].

While there is no current workaround, this has been fixed in Boing Bag 2a. You can temporarily remove YAM's appicon (depending on your mail lookup interval, this is the main reason for countless freezes).

The only way around it is to carefully handle the Amiga whenever an appicon appears, disappears, or changes, i.e. leave the mouse on its mat for a moment and don't press its buttons.

7.
Q: I've just installed OS 3.5. Can I install just Boing Bag 2a, or do I need to install both Boing Bag 1 & 2a in numerical order to update my OS 3.5 installation?
A: Although some files are common in both, the official word is that you are required to download and install--separately and in numerical order--both Boing Bags to correctly update your OS 3.5 installation.
8.
Q: How does Boing Bag 2a differ from OS 3.9?
A: Boing Bag 2a is a bug-fix update only, whereas OS 3.9 contains both bug-fixes and lots of new features.
9.
Q: How do the new printer device selection options work in Printer Prefs, and what is the "unit name"?
A:
  • Select a different unit (via "Printer Device Unit" cycle-gadget).
  • Choose the Printer Type (which is actually the printer driver--don't know why they called it Printer Type) and select "Parallel" from the "Printer Port" cycle-gadget (make sure "Use custom device" is unchecked).

You're done. Note that this does have a drawback in that the Amiga printer.device doesn't know the "Standard printer" like Microsoft Windows does, so you'll only be able to print to the first printer unit (#0) as long as the program that sends the print-job doesn't support the new printer.device. You can give each printer.device unit (0 to 9) a name. Programs that support the printer.device v44 will show you this name (unit name) in their "print document" dialog. [adapted from Stephen Rupprecht's original text]

10.
Q: The fuel gauge in AWeb-II v3.3 sometimes displays incorrect data. Is this a bug in AWeb, or Workbench?
A: It's a bug in Workbench, and has been fixed in at least OS 3.9 (possibly OS 3.5 Boing Bag 2a as well).
11.
Q: I've noticed that some memory is not returned after running one of the system preference editors; why is this?
A: Some of the ReAction gadgets have memory leaks. The OS team is aware of the problem and will fix them as soon as possible.
12.
Q: If a Workbench window is set to show all files and view by name, the listing is sometimes truncated on the right so that the protection flags aren't shown. Why is this?
A: The maximum filename length apparently has something to do with this bug. It has been reported, and hopefully should be fixed in Boing Bag 2a and OS 3.9.
13.
Q: Where are Boing Bags 1 and 2a located?
A:

They can be downloaded from the following links: