jTarot is a tarot personal advisor. jTarot will do a "reading" for you when you need advice. A reading displays a number of cards and then describes what these cards mean. You take the reading and apply the meanings of the cards to your situation.

System requirements
  • Tested with JRE version 1.6.0 Build 27 GA5 (2013-02-17)

jTarot on an eComStation machine with Open JDK

Installing jTarot
Download the file jTarot.jar (9.4Mb). Create a folder (directory) "jtarot" or something similar which fits your needs. Copy the file "jTarot.jar" to the new created folder (directory). That's it!. You can find more info on Google with the search words "tarot manual pdf".

The used jtarot.cmd file
jTarot works with Open JDK in OS/2-eCS. I have made a "jtarot.cmd" file with the following contents;
@echo off
set BEGINLIBPATH=[drive: java]\JAVA160ga5\bin
set path=[drive: java]\JAVA160ga5\bin
[drive: jtarot]
cd [drive: jtarot]\jtarot
java -Duser.home=[drive: jtarot]\jtarot -jar jtarot.jar 2>jtarot-bugs.txt
I use 2 separate folders (directories), one for Java and one for jTarot with the files created by this program. The references used in the cmd file;

  • [drive: java] = drive with Java
  • [drive: jtarot] = drive with jTarot

should be replaced by real drive letters. Adjust the file from the distribution below, ie. different drive and directories. Save "jtarot.cmd" and copy it to the "jtarot" folder(directory) or the folder(directory) of your choice.

Create a new program object. Specify the path and file name: "[drive: jtarot]\jtarot\jtarot.cmd". In the tabpage Session check the boxes "OS/2 window", "Running as an icon" and "Close Window to end program". In the tabpage General you can enter the name "jTarot". The download below also has an OS/2 icon.

I want to point out that this is a way to start the program, OS/2 and its successors do have much more ways for starting a java program.

Parameters / options explained
  • The specification "-Duser.home=[drive: jtarot]\jtarot" will ensure that jTarot will save all necessary files in own directory instead of saving them in the home directory.
  • The addition "2>jtarot-bugs.txt" ensures that errors are saved in the file "jtarot-bugs.txt". The 2 in "2>" is not a typo! The file stays normally empty on my machine.

Remarks with running jTarot
jTarot is a game, but some users believe otherwise. You need a manual and there are some manuals in pdf form which can be downloaded from the internet, use Google and use the search string "tarot manual pdf". Most manuals are in English, but there is also a Dutch version. I don't know anything about Tarots, its not my thing. The program works, but as soon as it needs the browser you will have a problem and errors in "jtarot-bugs.txt". jTarot also writes a ".jTarotActivity.log" file. Unfortunately this can't be fixed. The program test on what machine it runs and only have code for "Windows", "Apple" and different versions of "Linux". The code is not complicated, it could be fixed for OS/2, but in the header of this java part you can read "import javax.swing.*;" and we don't have javax. Its based on the Java from Sun. So there might be more parts of the program which don't work in the way it was intended. The homepage is no longer and I had to do it with the minimalistic information on the sourceforge site.

In the file you can find all necessary files, all drive letters in the command file are on set to C:. You can download it here: jtarot-os2.zip. Mind that you also need to download jTarot.jar.

revision August 7, 2020