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Will Delphi  2.0 Exe run on Novell Server

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I have a Delphi 2.0 executable I need to run on a Novell server.  Can this be run from DOS before starting up the server?  OR will it require that a netware loadable module be written to load and start it?  Could this interfere with the server's normal networking performance?
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AndrewEarl earned 100 total points
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NLM programs are not normal Dos/Windows programs. These can be created with a Novell software development kit, but that is another story: It is a difficult task, hard to debug etc....you crash the server if you get things wrong.

However, and bearing in mind that the Novell NLM libraries are strongingly C based, there is no theoretical reason why they can't be written in Delphi.

Running programs in Dos memory before Netware starts up is possible, but it will be of no use to you. The Novell system will not know anything about them, or be able to communicate with them.

I would suggest give up on dangerous/difficult NLMs and run your program on a workstation.

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Unfortunately, the Delphi program must run on the server because the data stream is coming from a mux port that will be processed by the program.  I will try to run it in DOS before starting the Novell server just to get the stream contents dumped to a file and see what I can do from there.  I am dealing with a hardware guy who has my customer convinced that a Novell server is the answer to his problems.  All I want to do is to place a 6 or 8 port mux off the existing mux port and then I COULD run my Delphi program from the workstation as planned.
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Thanks for the fast answer Andrew.
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