Contents of the QUFE.DOC file
| QuickBBS UserFile Editor (QUFE) |
| Version 1.22 |
| Copyright (c) 1989 by Mike Smedley |
| All Rights Reserved |
QUFE is Freeware. This means that there is no payment required, but
the program is still copyrighted and should be treated as such.
QUFE can be distributed freely as long as it is not modified in any
way. You are not allowed to charge for QUFE with the exception of a
disk reproduction fee not to exceed $10.
The author, Mike Smedley, claims no responsibility for any damages
caused by the use or misuse of this program. This program is
distributed "as is" with no warranty expressed or implied. The
author will not be responsible for any losses incurred, either
directly or indirectly, by the use of this program. Use this
program entirely at your own risk.
DESQview is a trademark of Quarterdeck Office Systems.
QuickBBS is a trademark of Adam Hudson.
1.22 - Fixed bug in mouse detection.
1.21 - Minor cosmetic changes.
1.2 - Improved the configuration's color selection method.
1.11 - Fixed bug where a [S]earch after [E]dit would cause a
1.1 - Created an [A]dd Record command for adding new users.
Now allows "None" for phone number fields.
1.01 - Fixed the Pack command so that it updates LASTREAD.BBS.
1.0 - Initial release.
The following files should be included in this archive:
QUFE.DOC - this documentation file
QUFE.EXE - the executable program
QUFE.HLP - the help file
QUICKBBS VERSIONS SUPPORTED
This version of QUFE works with user files created by QuickBBS 2.03
and 2.04. It may or may not work with other releases of QuickBBS.
You should be careful when using QUFE with newer releases of
QuickBBS - if the format of USERS.BBS, CONFIG.BBS, or LASTREAD.BBS
has changed, QUFE may not work properly. To obtain the most recent
version of QUFE, you can FREQ it from 1:387/508 using the magic
request name of "QUFE".
QUFE is a program that allows you to view and manipulate the
QuickBBS user file (USERS.BBS) in many different ways, a single
record at a time, or a group of records at a time. QUFE completely
replaces the need for QuickBBS' USEREDIT and USERPACK programs and
gives you much more power at the same time.
o Allows you to update a group of records matching a specified
selection criteria using a virtually unlimited number of
condition combinations. This is probably the most powerful
feature of QUFE. Some possible commands are:
- Select records where SecLevel <= 10 and NumUploads > 20.
Update SecLevel to 20.
- Select all records. Update FlagA1 to 0 and FlagB7 to 1.
- Select records where DateLastOn <= "12-31-88". Update
SecLevel to 0 and Credit to 0 and Deleted to "Y".
o You can also print user-defined reports based upon the same sort
of selection criteria. The reports can be printed on the
printer, or sent to any other legal device or file.
o QUFE also has a Filter command which allows you to specify the
selection criteria that will be used when moving from record to
record. This enables you to work with a more specific group of
users. For example, if your selection criteria is:
Select records where SecLevel >= 100.
then you will only be able to view sysop records. If you are
currently at one sysop record, and press Next, you will advance
to the next sysop record, not the actual next record. The
Filter affects all record movement commands including Previous,
Next, First, Last, Goto, and Search.
o Allows you to edit all fields of a QuickBBS user record, whereas
USEREDIT only lets you edit specific fields.
o The user password is masked with asterisks during display, and
shows only during edit. This keeps people that may be watching
the screen from seeing a user's password.
o QUFE's Search does a case-insensitive search of the Name field
which makes it more flexible than USEREDIT. For example, in
USEREDIT, the string "mith" would not match a user whose name is
"Smith". It can also restrict searched records to those
matching a defined filter.
o QUFE has a built-in Pack command eliminating the need for
QuickBBS' USERPACK utility.
o QUFE has very extensive context-sensitive help from within the
environment. This is the reason that the scope of this
documentation is so narrow.
o Can use either direct screen writes for speed, or BIOS screen
writes for compatibility with doorway and multitasking programs.
o QUFE has integrated mouse support.
o QUFE has "Shell to DOS" and "Execute DOS Command" commands from
within the environment.
To run QUFE, all you need to do is type "QUFE" from the DOS command
prompt. The USERS.BBS and LASTREAD.BBS files must be in the current
directory. There are a few command line switches available for use.
These switches are used to override a default or configured setting.
The allowable command line switches are:
-b Use BIOS for video writes.
-c Use the default color setup.
-m Use the default monochrome setup.
-s Use snow suppresion (CGA only).
Configuration of QUFE is accomplished from within the program. You
will need to select the menu item [O]ther, then [C]onfig. Use the
[W]rite option to save the configuration file (QUFE.CFG) to disk,
and [S]ave to make the configuration take effect immediately. When
you run QUFE from the command line, it will look for the
configuration file (QUFE.CFG) and use its parameters if it exists.
If the configuration file does not exist, then QUFE will use
defaults for the configuration options. Remember that you can also
override configured settings using the above command line switches.
ATTENTION C PROGRAMMERS
QUFE was written in C using the powerful Shareware CXL C function
library by Mike Smedley. All of the windows, menus, forms,
scrollable pick lists, context-sensitive help, keyboard and mouse
support were created and are managed by CXL. Even with all these
functions of CXL linked in, QUFE is still a small memory model
program. CXL is available for the Turbo C, Microsoft C, QuickC, and
Zortech C/C++ compilers. You can probably find it locally under the
file name "CXL??-?.*" but if not, then you can FREQ it from
1:387/508 using the magic request name of "CXL".