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me239



Joined: 06 Jan 2011
Posts: 200
me239
Hello everyone, I was wondering two things lately. 1: is it possible to write a library (.dll kind of thing) for DOS programs with functions that can be called. 2: How do you use a FASM structure. I've read the documentation on it, but I still don't fully understand how they're used and how the 'virtual' directive plays a role.
Post 16 Jan 2011, 00:21
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Tyler



Joined: 19 Nov 2009
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Tyler
1. Research TSRs and how to patch the IVT. Basically, the only type of library you can make for DOS is one that sets up its own interrupts, then terminates while staying resident(TSR).
Post 16 Jan 2011, 03:21
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me239



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me239
Tyler wrote:
1. Research TSRs and how to patch the IVT. Basically, the only type of library you can make for DOS is one that sets up its own interrupts, then terminates while staying resident(TSR).

I've had quite a bit of experience in DOS and TSR's. What I wanted was a non IVT based library that can be called during runtime using DOS functions. The closet I've come to making this is a program I wrote that loads another program in the slack space after the code and hands it parameters. What I want is to be able to call other functions at other locations in the file.
Post 16 Jan 2011, 05:19
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me239



Joined: 06 Jan 2011
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me239
I made a working example! This program finds and loads a library in the current file and executes the programmed functions. I don't know how useful this is, but it's seems pretty neat.
main program:
Code:
org 100h
;jmp start
start:
        mov     ah, 4eh
        xor     cx, cx
        mov     dx, filen
        int     21h
        jc      error
        mov     ax, 3d02h
        mov     dx, 9eh
        int     21h
        xchg    ax, bx
        mov     ah, 3fh
        mov     dx, buffer
        mov     cx, 9eh
        int     21h
        mov     si, msg
        call    printf
        mov     ax, 451d
        call    dec2str
        mov     al, 41h
        call    pchar
        int     20h
error:
        mov     dx, emsg
        mov     ah, 09h
        int     21h
        int     20h
emsg    db      "ERROR: File not found. Please ensure that the library is in the current directory$"
msg     db      "Hello!", 0
filen   db      "library.bin", 0
dec2str = buffer
printf = buffer+2
pchar  = buffer+4
buffer:
    

library code:
Code:
org 0
start:
        jmp     dec2str
        jmp     printf
        jmp     pchar
dec2str:
        mov     bx, 10d
        xor     cx, cx
@@:
        xor     dx, dx
        div     bx
        push    dx
        cmp     ax, 0
        je      @f
        inc     cx
        jmp     @b
@@:
        pop     dx
        add     dl, 30h
        mov     al, dl
        mov     ah, 0eh
        int     10h
        cmp     cx, 0
        je      func_ret
        dec     cx
        jmp     @b
printf:
        lodsb
        cmp     al, 0
        je      func_ret
        mov     ah, 0eh
        int     10h
        jmp     printf
pchar:
        mov     ah, 0eh
        int     10h
func_ret:
        ret
    
Post 18 Jan 2011, 05:48
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rugxulo



Joined: 09 Aug 2005
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Causeway? HX? DXE? DJELF? TP6? And there are several more I can't remember (but could probably find) off the top of my head.
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