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This document explains how to build FM/2 from source.


The following tools are currently used to build the FM/2 binaries

  • OpenWatcom
  • rc.exe from the IBM Developers Toolkit v4.5
  • lxlite LX compressor

OpenWatcom v1.6 or newer should work. There are no known special setup requirements.

Older versions of the IBM Toolkit may work. The Toolkit is on your eComStation CD#2.

Not all versions of RC.EXE are created equal. Currently, the best version to use is

12-18-97 6:01 868,000 0 RC.EXE

which reports itself as

IBM RC (Resource Compiler) Version 5.00.002 Dec 18 1997

and it is available from Toolkit update for Mozilla

You can get LXLITE.EXE from lxlite from Hobbes


Use subversion to pull a copy of the source code distribution into your client workspace. See Getting the Sources for instructions.

Run the build commands must be run from top directory of your Subversion workspace. The directory will contain the top level makefile.

Build the release version with

  wmake DEBUG=0


  set DEBUG=0
  wmake all

Build the debug version with

  wmake DEBUG=1


  set DEBUG=1
  wmake all

When switching between debug and release builds, add the -a switch to the wmake command line. This forces all files to be rebuilt.

The build outputs are:

  • av2.exe
  • databar.exe
  • dirsize.exe
  • eas.exe
  • fm3.exe
  • fm4.exe
  • global.exe
  • ini.exe
  • killproc.exe
  • sysinfo.exe
  • undel.exe
  • vcollect.exe
  • vdir.exe
  • viewinfs.exe
  • vtree.exe
  • dll\fm3dll.dll
  • dll\fm3res.dll
  • dll\fm3res.str
  • dll\ipf\fm3.hlp
  • internal\mkstr.exe

Compressing Dlls and Exes

Lxlite.exe needs to be in a directory listed in the PATH statement of your config.sys or build enviroment cmd file.

To compress exe/dlls, run

wmake lxlite

Release Packaging

FM/2 is released as a WarpIN package.

The basic process is

  wmake wpi

See WPIBuild for more details.

Building, Compressing, and Packaging with a Single CMD Statement

Open a text editor and add the following lines.

set debug=0
wmake all && wmake lxlite && wmake wpi

Save file naming it possibly Build_FM2.cmd. Copy the file to your FM2 source code "trunk" directory. It must be run from inside this directory to build, compress, and make the wpi file. After running, open the "Warpin" subdirectory located in the "trunk" directory. The Warpin file will be build inside this directory.

About FM/2

FM2 was originally written by Mark Kimes

He has kindly allowed us to take over maintenance and support of FM/2 and to release the program under the GNU GPL license. I'm sure he would appreciate a Thank You note for his generosity.


FM/2 is a Netlabs project. The project URL is fm/2

The user support mailing list is at fm/2 Users Mailing List

Like all Netlabs mailing list, this is mirrored to gmane.

In addition the maintainers, monitor the comp.os.os2.programmer.misc newsgroup and others in the comp.os.os2.* hierarchy.

There is also an archived Yahoo group at

The list is closed to new posts, but contains some useful info.

If all else fails, you can always e-mail me directly at Steven H. Levine

Thanks and enjoy.