What is Arachnophilia?
Arachnophilia is a powerful programming editor with some special HTML production and editing features. With the package you can create HTML pages using a set of powerful tools and upload these pages to the website using the built-in FTP service. Arachnophilia's toolbars and keyboard commands are fully customizable. Arachnophilia can beautify and analyze the structure of your web pages so they will be more error-free and work correctly with more browsers. Arachnophilia runs today only on computers with Java 1.7 or better. Therefore an OS/2 or eComStation machine with Open JDK is today a problem, see below. Arachnophilia is careware.

Arachnophilia on an eComStation machine with Open JDK

Installing Arachnophilia
Download the latest version (2,6 MB) of Arachnophilia for use with Java 6, version: 5.5, build 2809 (07/19/2013). Later versions require Java 7 and only the latest can be downloaded from www.arachnoid.com which after installation will end with the message "Unsupported major.minor version 51.0" (ie. no support for our present version of OpenJDK). Create a directory "Arachnophilia" and copy Arachnophilia.jar to it (skip the build and time info). Make sure that Open JDK version 1.6 is installed.

Copy the contents of the file Arachnophilia-eCS.zip to the folder (directory) "Arachnophilia". Create a new program object. Enter at Path and filename: "[drive: Arachnophilia]\Arachnophilia\Arachnophilia.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 "Arachnophilia version 5.5".

The used cmd file
A Arachnophilia works well with Open JDK in OS/2-eCS. I have created an Arachnophilia.cmd file with the following contents;
@echo off
set BEGINLIBPATH=[drive: java]\JAVA160\bin
set path=[drive: java]\JAVA160\bin
[drive: Arachnophilia]
cd [drive: Arachnophilia]\Arachnophilia
java -Duser.home=[drive: Arachnophilia]\Arachnophilia -jar Arachnophilia.jar 2>Arachnophilia-bugs.txt
I use 2 separate partitions, one for Java and one for Arachnophilia with the files created by this program. The references used in the cmd file;

  • [drive: java] = station with Java
  • [drive: Arachnophilia] = station with Arachnophilia

should be replaced with real drive letters. Save the file and rename it to Arachnophilia.cmd. This file is copied to the Arachnophilia map(directory). Furthermore, different paths?, adjust according to your needs. The statement "Duser.home=[drive: Arachnophilia]\Arachnophilia" will ensure that Arachnophilia will save all necessary files in own directory instead of saving them in the home directory. The contents of this directory can really add up in size. The addition "2>Arachnophilia-bugs.txt" ensures that errors are saved in the file "Arachnophilia-bugs.txt". Up to today this file has a file size 0 bytes, i.e. no bugs found yet.

In the file the discussed cmd file (all drive letters are set to C :) and an OS/2 Arachnophilia icon: Arachnophilia-eCS.zip.

revision July 5, 2015