I think I'm being bitten by a variant of the 40-folder bug and I seek advice.
Background: I'm running TeX on a 1-meg 1040ST, TOS 1.0 circa 11/20/85,
FOLDR100.PRG (about as much as I can have and still run TeX). Everything
works as advertised until about the eighth or ninth invocation of TeX or
DVIATARI, at which point the system seems to become suddenly unable to open
any file anywhere, a symptom I've always associated with the 40-folder bug.
If I reset the computer, everything is fine again.
Now, DVIATARI touches several folders in its quest for fonts, but it's always
the same folders, so apparently the system is using a new slot every time it
touches a folder. Obviously this is an unclever thing to do, but if there
were an easy way to do things cleverly, this whole problem would have been
fixed by now.
So, short of hitting RESET every twenty minutes, is there any way to clear
out the folder slots or correct GEMDOS's view of reality? I'm almost
desperate enough to try catching the GEMDOS OPEN and CLOSE calls and building
some intelligence into them, but I'm a little edgy about that.
[If this isn't the 40-folder bug at all, or if I'm missing something obvious,
please tell me gently :) ]
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