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  Eloquence A.06.20 / Release Notes
  • Possible wrong scroll indicator with ASCII DLG. When using the .cx method to set the cursor x position in ASCII DLG a scroll indicator may be drawn which is not required. (#672)

  • Single line functions with a member variable cause an internal failure in eloqcore and store while parsing the statement. (#666)
    DEF FNFunction(STRUCT This)=(This.Member<>0)
    -> Assertion failed: (cg == 1) file codegen.c, line 1142

  • A problem with list causes the "array indicator" (*) to disappear when using a structure array member as a SUB/Function argument (#652). For example:
    Error=FNMake_label(Base$,Label$(*),Fu_ns.Titles$(*), Fu_ns.Address$(*), Fu_ns.City$,Fu_ns.State$,Fu_ns.Zip$, Fu_ns.Country_code$)

  • A scanner anomaly has been detected. The statement "NEW Fu_ns AS New_sales" results in a syntax error due to a conflict with the ASN keyword. As a workaround you can use a colon instead of AS: "NEW Fu_ns:New_sales" (#663).

  • Cross reference (list -x) complains about user defined types
    The cross reference (list -x) currently has some problems dealing with user defined types (STRUCT). It is complaining about multiply declared or unused member variables. (#458)

  • Handling programs with embedded NUL characters (#606)

    The HP260 made it possible to embed NUL characters into strings. While Eloquence is able to execute such a program, the program listing is inconsistent, since a NUL character is used internally as a string terminator. This may cause program corruption if such a program line is modified. Embedded NUL characters are now converted into a CHR$(0) expression. However this may cause a syntax error when a string constant is replaced by an expression due to an embedded NUL character when only a string constant is valid.

  • The dbtables utility does currently not report collating sequences and data set capacity.

  • Eloquence does not accept an implied LET using a structured type after a THEN. As a workaround, use an explicit LET. (#392)
    IF Condition THEN LET Instance.Member=25

  • The Eloquence syntax analyse results in a syntax error with the statement below:
    The problem is, that the keyword AS is recognized errorneously. As a workaround, simply use a different variable name or use an expression (eg. A+0). (#454)

  • QFIND with IN clause on an index may return unexpected results if the collating sequence of the index and the program executing QFIND is different.

    QFIND internally uses DBFIND to position into the index and then retrieves data in index order until the max. value is exhausted. However the max. value is checked using collating sequence (this is required to handle national characters properly, eg. in German A umlaut needs to be inserted between A and B).

    If the max. value is greater (or less) than the first index value retrieved from the index, this will result in either an empty result or an unexpected number of result records. (#493).

Linux platform

  • The Linux curses implementation (ncurses) has problems with HP terminal types, enhancements could be displayed wrongly.

    The workaround is to use HP terminals and the WRQ Reflection/1 emulation software in the EM220 mode. Eloquence A.06.20 includes a terminal definition for the em220 terminal type which can be used with HP terminal types.

  • When using Telnet, pressing the BREAK key causes eloqcore to abort. This is related to a different behaviour of the Linux telnetd server.


    • In Reflection, you should choose the TELNET BREAK setting on the open connection dialog. This will avoid to kill eloqcore on Ctrl+Break - it will become the equivalent to ^Y.
    • In order to have a HALT/BREAK key, you can use the keyboard mapping function. Just send a NUL byte for a break. You can do this with the RCL function TRANSMIT "^(0)".
      For example: To assign the F12 key to break, open the keyboard map dialog, select the F12 key in the upper area, select "RCL Command" from the Combo-Box and enter the RCL command TRANSMIT "^(0)"
    • This works with HP-UX as well, so you can use a common setting.

  • Switching to 132 column mode is currently not supported on Linux console (error 880 is issued). This is a limitation of the Linux console driver which makes use of VGA hardware. (#526)

    The list of terminals which are capable to switch between 80/132 column mode is hard coded into eloqcore. Eloqcore returns error 880 when the terminal type not included in this list.

  • The keyboard sequences on the Linux console are not documented.
      ALT + H   - home display
      ALT + L   - lower end display
      ALT + D   - delete line
      ALT + I   - insert line
      ALT + J   - delete to end of screen
      ALT + K   - delete to end of line
      ALT + Tab - backtab
  • Linux console limitations:
    • Underline is simulated by colors on a color display
    • Dim ("half bright") is simulated by colors on a color display
    • Mixed enhancements don't mix as expected

  • Eloquence on Linux requires libc 5.4.33 or above. When used with distributions which don't provide a recent libc Eloquence fails with random errors.
    This is a problem with the RedHat Linux distribution which includes the libc version 5.3.12.

    As a workaround, you can can install a libc in the /opt/eloquence6/lib directory and the the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable.

  • The eloq program is not available on Linux. The eloq programs is used to provide virtual terminal capabilities (aka. TASKS) for Eloquence. This is done by using ptys (pseudo tty devices) to connect the eloqcore processes to eloq.
    However the method we use to communicate tty parameters and control information between eloq and eloqcore is not available in the Linux kernel. So eloq can currently not be ported to the Linux platform until eloq is completely rewritten.

Windows platform

  • When the Command Window is configured to "Full Screen" instead if "Window" mode (in Settings->Control Panel->Command) this will cause a full screen command window to appear whenever eloqcore is started.
    This seems to be a problem in Windows, which works differently than specified. As a workaround you should not set the Command Window to "Full Screen" mode. (#585)

  • Handling of constant values in the graphical devlopment environment. It has been reported that a constant value could change its representation from normal (181295) to exponentioal notation (1.81295E5) when the cursor touches the line. (#461)

  • Some trace output could be lost when executing eloqcore locally. This is caused by Windows NT which simply discards any networking data when the eloqcore process ends and the IDE did not yet receive all trace information.

  • Output of system commands is lost, when the command contains a pipe.
    This does at least happen with the mks shell. This seems to be a problem with the Microsoft C runtime (mscvrt.dll).
    For example: COMMAND "!ls -l|grep Feb"

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