Contents of the PALERT.DOC file
P A L E R T
Copyright 1986 by Norm Patriquin
Table of Contents
What is PALERT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Command Mode Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Registering PALERT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Registration Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Problems and Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Other Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
What is PALERT
PALERT is a utility program to help you avoid unexpectedly
running out of disk space. Many times application programs
terminate abnormally or disallow you from completing a function
because of insufficient disk space. Sometimes, this may
cause you to lose valuable work time and sometimes causes data
to be lost. PALERT watches your disk space and warns you when
space is getting low.
PALERT lets you specify your disk space needs and then watches
the disk until that limit is reached. It then warns you of
the situation and lets you take appropriate action. PALERT
is implemented as a standard DOS command that may be used
by itself or from a DOS batch command file.
Implement PALERT before starting any application or program
where sufficient disk space is critical. PALERT will save
you time and money.
** Checks space whenever you want to.
** Can trigger other commands based on insufficient
** Many features to customize messages and actions
** Easy to install and use
Command Mode Parameters
PALERT allows several command parameter switches to be specified
to customize the process. All these parameters are optional.
The command format and switch parameters are described below. A
quick review of command parameters is always available by
entering the PALERT command with the /H parameter.
PALERT [drive:] [ (/ switches) ]
[drive:] If desired you may specify the drive where space
is to be checked. If the drive letter is not
specified, the current defualt drive is checked.
/Wppp Warn the user and set DOS ERRORLEVEL flag if the
percentage of free disk space is less than the
ppp value specified.
/W5 indicates to warn user if less than 5 percent
of disk space is free.
/Bbbbb Warn the user and set DOS ERRORLEVEL flag if the
number of kilobytes of free disk space is less than
the bbbb value specified. The maximum value of
bbbb is 32767.
/B3000 indicates to warn the user if less than
3,000,000 characters of disk free space exist.
/N A scale that shows used disk space is normally
shown to the user each time PALERT is run. To
prevent the scale from being displayed, enter the
/M Messages are normally shown to indicate the Total,
Used, and Free disk space. If these messages are
not normally wanted, enter the /M parameter. Then
they will only be issued when the user is warned.
/P After the user is warned of insufficient disk space,
PALERT will pause to make sure the user is aware
of the situation. To avoid this pause enter /P.
/S When PALERT detects insufficient disk space it
sounds an alert to the user. To avoid this noise
specify the /S parameter.
/C Each time PALERT is run it reminds the user that
HELP is available by entering the /H parameter. To
avoid this message enter /C.
/H PALERT contains internal help that is available at
any time by using the /H parameter.
1. Warn user when less than 1,000,000 characters of disk
space is available.
===> PALERT C: /B1000 /C
2. Warn user when less than 5 percent of disk space is
===> PALERT C: /W5 /C
3. DOS batch file that will check disk space each time
the LOTUS command is entered. If the desired disk
space is not available stop the command.
if errorlevel 1 goto error
ECHO command terminated due to insufficient disk space
This sample DOS batch file may be found in the .ARC file
that contains this program. Name=PA123.BAT.
PALERT is distributed under the Shareware concept. This makes it
available for anyone to try without obligation. If you decide it
is useful and want to keep it, I ask that you register your use
of it. This will allow for continued support and maintenance of
the program and will help to encourage that more quality software
be made available through this channel. We require all
corporate and government users of this utility register their
To simply register the program, $10 is requested. If you would
like the newest program disk and a copy of the manual send
$20. If you would like to register all the Patriquin utilities,
and receive programs on disk and manuals, send $45.
Send registration requests to:
P.O. Box 8308
San Bernardino, CA 92412
The registration charge is a one time fee that entitles you to
all future versions of the product. These may either be obtained
from normal Shareware sources or directly from me. Any
organization ordering more than 100 copies is also entitled to
telephone support and will be given the technical support number.
Following is a form that may be used to register PALERT.
Please Register PALERT to the following person. We will use ____
copies of the program and have enclosed $____ for each copy to
_____ Registration only ............................. $10.00
_____ Registration, program disk and manual.......... $20.00
_____ Registration of all Patriquin Utilities with
program disks and manuals................... $45.00
_____ Update of newest Patriquin Utility disk with
manual. ................................... $15.00
City: ______________________________ State: ___________
I obtained my copy of PALERT from: ____________________________
If BBS indicate name and number please._________________________
Please register the software under the following name:
P.O. Box 8308
San Bernardino, CA 92412
P A L E R T
Problems and Maintenance
I welcome all comments or enhancement suggestions. Please
document each item clearly and provide printed examples if
possible. Please be sure to include this form with all requests,
it will help to make sure we can provide you with the best
City: __________________________________ State: _______________
Telephone: _______ / ________________________ (Home / Work)
Description of problem or enhancement:
Version 1.0 August 22, 1986
Other Patriquin Utilities:
PSEARCH -- Extensive file find and Text search capabilities in
a menu driven environment.
PCOPY/PMOVE -- Complete file copy.move utility that prevents
users from accidently losing files by using DOS COPY.
Fast file movers are intelligent and move files to
different hard disk directories without moving data.
PTOUCH -- Set date and time values on files specified
through command parameters.
PALERT -- Warn users of insufficient disk space before it
causes them problems.