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Remote Access Database v2.11

(dBASE III & dBASE III Plus Compatible)

Copyright (C) 1990 Overerx Inc.
Box 323 Sta A, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M 6R2
Harvey Parisien * FidoNet 1:249/114

RAD Plus - Remote Access Database

Background / What is RAD?

RAD v1.00 series has been around for a while now. It is a
simple online database system with it's own dedicated file
structure. It is simple to operate, and serves a purpose.
Primarily it is directed towards BBS use. It is available on
a shareware basis and distributed via SDS (Software
Distribution System).

RAD Plus v2.00 series is the commercial version which is in
dBASE III format file structure for optimum flexibility and
compatibility with current and future environments. It tends
to simulate standard dBASE type commands, which are
familiar to dBASE users. It is also offered on a shareware
basis and distributed via SDS.

This document will deal only with RAD Plus, but will simply
make reference to the name RAD to save key strokes.

We will refer to the RAD Operator, and the RAD User. The RAD
Operator is the System Operator (SysOp) or the System
Administrator whatever the case may be. The RAD User is the
remote caller.

RAD is designed with many considerations to offer maximum
security to the BBS SysOp, and in non-bbs (less secure)
environments. However, the concern for security does not
make remote maintenance difficult for the RAD Operator. All
maintenance can be performed remotely with the correct
security level. For non-bbs type setups, you may request
from the author a Host/Terminal system which will allow
control of your computer remotely (including file transfers),
and can be used to answer the phone for RAD, clear passwords,
and so on (it will create a dorinfo1.def exit file - more on
that later). HTERM is a nice terminal for the remote user as
well, written by the author of RAD. It is available as
freeware on most BBS systems, or request HTERM from the
FidoNet address stated below.

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Files required to setup RAD...

RAD comes in an archived format. We use LHA as our standard, but some BBS's or
distribution systems may convert the archive structure. The archive name is
usually RAD???.LZH where ??? is the version number. IE: RAD209.LZH is the
archive for version 2.09.

The files in RAD???.LZH are:

DB.EXE A dBASE III file editor (used for setup).
DB.DOC Documentation for above.
* RADPLUS.EXE RAD the program.
RADPLUS.DOC This document.
* RADCFG.DBF RAD's main configuration file.
* RADDIR.DBF RAD's file directory/file subject file.

* = required for RAD to operate.

ARTICLES DBF Sample database...
BOOKS DBF Sample database...
SERVICES DBF Sample database...
SUPPORT DBF Sample database...

INFO.TXT Some general information text files...
RAD2??.SDA Some general information text files...

REGISTER.TXT An application for to register RAD.

DORINFO1 DEF Sample exit file (created by BBS or other answering devices)

The only files required to run RAD are the ones marked with a *. Your security
levels and modem information etc. are contained in RADCFG.DBF and RADDIR.DBF.
Let's look at each file and discuss them in detail. Use DB.EXE to edit both
RADDIR.DBF and RADCFG.DBF for your initial setup.


Record: 1 of 1

SYSOP_NAME :Harvey Parisien :
SYSTEMNAME :The Lighthouse BBS :
KEY :0000000000000000000000000000:

LEVEL1 : 5:
LEVEL2 : 20:
LEVEL3 : 40:
LEVEL4 : 100:
DOOR_INFO :dorinfo1.def :
MAX_TIME : 120:
MAX_BAUD :2400 :

SYSOP_NAME is the name of the System Operator (can be a department or company

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name also), and SYSTEMNAME is the BBS name (can be just an internal system name
of any sort). The KEY field must contain the key you receive when you register
RAD Plus. When you have the key entered, it will not bother reminding you to
register any more. RAD is fully functional with or without a key.

Level1 through to level4 are basically translation tables to translate your
numeric security levels from your BBS, to RAD's 4 basic user levels. In the
scenario above, in order to have level 3 access, your BBS access level must be
at least 40 or greater.

If you would like RAD to keep a usage log for you, enter a complete drive spec
and path for your log file. The log will record logons, and database changes,
and each applicable record number. Here's an example...

+ 29 Sep 21:09:25 BINK end, Binkley 2.40
+ 01 Oct 19:21:00 MAX Begin, v2.00
+ 01 Oct 19:21:01 MAX Harvey Parisien calling (U#=0)
# 01 Oct 19:21:02 MAX Given 10000 min.
# 01 Oct 19:21:10 MAX External program: `C:\bc7\bin\radplus.exe /pC:\max\rad'
+ 01 Oct 19:21:11 RAD Begin, v2.09 (user='HARVEY PARISIEN')
+ 01 Oct 19:21:11 RAD File write: SUPPORT.DBF # 59
+ 01 Oct 19:21:11 RAD End, v2.09
: 01 Oct 19:21:31 MAX Return from: `C:\bc7\bin\radplus.exe /pC:\max\rad' (0)
+ 01 Oct 19:21:34 MAX Harvey Parisien off-line. Calls=429, Len=0, Today=0
: 01 Oct 19:21:35 MAX End, v2.00 (5)

As you can see, RAD has a log format compatible with Binkley, and/or Maximus.
There are 3 entries above...

DORINFO1.DEF is a standard exit control file produced by QuickBBS and other
popular BBS systems, containing the current users information. As your BBS
system exits to operate an external program like RAD, it writes this little
file to allow the external program to read it and have the current transfer
information. Take a look at the file description that follows for the type of
information it contains. If you describe dorinfo1.def complete with drive spec
and path, it will be used to decide whether the user can support ANSI/Color, how
much time he/she has left online, current access level, etc...

If you do not have a parent system that creates DORINFO1.DEF, let us know and
we'll try to accommodate. Most BBS systems produce exit control files of one
type or another, and there are many little conversion programs available on
BBS's that will convert from one to another. In that case you would have to run
RADPLUS from a batch file. For example

Sample batch for systems that don't produce dorinfo1.def

CONVERT ... THE CONVERTER (changes wingwang.xit to dorinfo1.def)

Sample dorinfo1.def...

The Lighthouse BBS ;Systems name
HARVEY ;SysOps first name
PARISIEN ;SysOps last name
COM1 ;Current port

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2400 BAUD,N,8,1 ;Current connection information
JOHN ;User's first name
SMITH ;User's last name
KINGSTON, ON ;User's address
1 ;ANSI on/off flag
59 ;User's MAX TIME ALLOWED (balance of time from recent
BBS activities)

The next fields MIN_TIME and MAX_TIME are online time limits, and are in
minutes. If you enter information here, it overrides dorinfo1.def (can be used
for systems that don't produce proper dorinfo1.def's to limit access time). IE,
if your user has 90 minutes left online and your MAX_TIME is set to 10, then
he/she will have 10 minutes in RAD only. It is recommended that you set
MIN_TIME to 0 if it is your intention to NOT allow further access once a users
time has run out.

Your COM_PORT must be described as COM1, COM2, COM3, or COM4.

Your MAX_BAUD can range from 300 baud to 115200 baud.

The USE_SCREEN field is a logical setting of T or F (true or false). If you set
this to F then the screen will remain BLANK during RAD operations. This may be
desirable for multitasking situations. Normally this would be T. It is
possible for the SysOp while the user is online to turn the screen ON or OFF by
pressing F2 (snoop) on the HOST system. It is also possible for a user with the
maximum level 4 setting to turn the screen on or off remotely.


Record: 1 of 8

SUBJECT :RAD Main Configuration File :
DISPLAY1 :Keep this file marked private :
DISPLAY3 :This file contains your setup and default information. :
DISPLAY5 :Use DB3ED (DB.EXE) or RAD to edit this file. :
DISPLAY7 :NOTE: Leave the field DOOR_PATH blank if you will be :
DISPLAY8 : using RAD offline only! :

This database file contains the FILE name and SUBJECT line for each file that is
to be displayed by a DIR command online. If a *.dbf file exists and is not
recorded in the RADDIR file, it will show up in a DIR, but will have a ? for
subject line and have no password or minimum level access requirement. The
third field DISPLAY_ON can be set to T or F. It determines whether the Display1
through to Display8 fields are displayed when the file is accessed with a DIR
command. Display1 to Display8 are not displayed when the file is accessed using

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a USE command. See the next few screens which simulate the DIR and file
selection screens. USER_NOTES can be anything you like. The person who lists
the file usually puts his/her John/Martha Henry here. PASSWORD is your 16
character password required for this file. You don't need a password for the
MIN_LEVEL system to work. The MIN_LEVEL is an absolute minimum access level
required to even have the ability to enter a password. The TWO levels of
security for each database file should cover most situations. MAKE SURE YOUR
MIN_LEVEL. If you do not want to allow online editing of these two files by a
remote SysOp who has level4 access, then set the MIN_LEVEL to 5 so they can't be
accessed at all.

Here is a DIR simulation from the dot prompt...


RAD v2.09 - Remote Access Database - Copyright (C) 1990 Overerx Inc.

# Filename Records Updated Subject
1 BBSLIST.DBF 1280 11/04/90 A list of BBS's with >= 100megs online
2 DB.DBF 3 11/04/90 A list of contacts for local services...
3 IDEAS.DBF 1 11/04/90 Ideas for RAD databases ...
4 SUPPORT.DBF 68 11/04/90 Computer related product support lines

Enter # _

NOTE: RADCFG.DBF and RADDIR.DBF will not be displayed in a Directory.

When you enter RAD, you are presented with a pretty nifty title page (free ad
for me), and then displayed your current stats like the following session

RAD v2.09 - Remote Access Database - Copyright (C) 1990 Overerx Inc.

11/05/90 9:48a

Registered to.......... The Lighthouse BBS
System Operator........ Harvey Parisien
User................... HARVEY PARISIEN
User level............ 4
Balance online time... 19 minutes

Hello HARVEY ...

CHOICE: Help Dir Find Browse N]ext Prev Goto List Info Add Edit Cmd Quit _

Rad starts up in MENU mode. If the user has ansi.sys installed, they will be
displayed a lotus like menu bar which has a description of each function in the
menu bar itself. For non ansi users, the basic menu bar shown above is used.
Alternatively, you can choose command mode, which gives you a DOT prompt like
dBASE. In command mode you have the following commands, which can be displayed
anytime by entering the command HELP.

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Command: Function: Level:
/ Invoke command MENU option. 1
HELP (or ?) Display this screen 1
INFO Display system and user information 1
CLS Clears Screen and Resets FIND search to ALL 1
DIR Displays directory of *.DBF files 1
USE filename.dbf USE or LOAD database (.dbf not required) 1
LIST STRUCTURE List the file structure for the current database 1
FIND text FIND and display record matching text 1
BROWSE text FIND and list records (max fields that fit on one line) 1
NEXT FIND and display NEXT record (or just press ENTER) 1
PREV More to previous record 1
GOTO n where n is the record number (also GOTO FIRST or LAST) 1
COUNT FIND and COUNT occurrences of FIND 1
SUM fieldnumber Add contents of a field and display total 1
ADD ADD (or append) a new record 2
EDIT n n is an optional record number (default = current record) 2
DELETE n n is an optional record number (default = current record) 2
CREATE Closes current file, and prompts for creation details 3
PACK Pack current database (removes deleted files) 3
SORT fieldnumber SORT database on a field (will prompt for fieldnumber) 3
QUIT Exit program (closes all files) 1

The online commands will be very intuitive to dBASE users and non dBASE users
alike. The screens and prompts should provide adequate information for the
typical user online.


USER: Joe Blow PARAM: COM1:2400,N,8,1,RB1024,XON LEVEL: 3
1 CHAT |2 SNOOP|3 |4 |5 |6 JUMP |7 |8 |9 LEVEL|10 HANG

The last two lines on your HOST screen remain in position at all times. They
constantly display the Users name, and current communications data. It shows
the users level which can be toggled with F9. OK, let's continue from right to
left just to be different. F10 causes an immediate hang up to which the user is
given no indication or warning as to what happened. F6 allows the host to jump
to DOS. F2 allows the HOST to toggle the HOST screen on/off. F1 allows the
host to enter into CHAT mode, where both host and user can chat to each other
with their keyboards. By the way, when a users time online gets to be 2 minutes
or less, he/she is given a warning to that effect (even if in chat mode). They
can always enter INFO to see their current status.

Operating RAD Plus from the command line, or a parent program.

RADPLUS /Pdrive:fullpath

IE: from a DOS prompt... D:\>c:\dbase\radplus /Pc:\dbase

drive:path is where RADPLUS.EXE RADDIR.DBF RADCFG.DIR AND *.DBF files are kept.

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If no path is given the current directory is assumed.

IE: QuickBBS type 7 command line: c:\rad\radplus.exe /Pc:\rad

IE: Maximus control lines for menus.ctl ...
NoDsp Display_File misc\dorinfo Privil "Radplus"
Xtern_Run C:\max\rad\radplus.exe_/pC:\max\rad Privil "Radplus"

It is important that if /P is used, that the path is complete with drive spec
as in these examples.

If you are operating RAD locally (ie from your BBS in local mode) it will
sense there is no carrier so it requires you to press L to enter locally or
it exits back to the board automatically. RAD has a built in carrier detect
system. If carrier is dropped while a user is in RAD (or on their way to rad),
it gracefully exits back to your board and let's your board do it's own thing.



If the first field name in a database is called LOCK_EDIT, then the record will
will automatically be restricted in terms of a users ability to edit it. When a
record is added, the current users name is automatically inserted into the
LOCK_EDIT field. This field can not be changed (except by the SysOp Level4).
To Edit the record, you must be the user, or have level4 access.


If a file called Autoexec.RAD exists in the Rad directory, RAD will look in tha
file on the first line for a filename. If it's a legal name IE: XXXXXXXX.DBF it
will automatically be loaded.

* * * * *

This program is shareware. It may be used for a 20 day trial period, and then
must be registered.


RADCFG requires a unique KEY to be entered in the key field. By providing us
with your SYSOP_NAME and SYSTEMNAME field information from RADCFG, we can create
the key. Once you enter the key, you can't change SYSOP_NAME or SYSTEMNAME
afterwards, or the key will not work. This is our only protection. There are
not timers, or other sneaky methods implemented in your program. RAD is fully
functional. To register, please fill out the REGISTER.TXT application. You can
load it into your word processor and edit it, or copy it to your printer and do
it by hand (COPY REGISTER.TXT PRN). Send it to Overerx Inc. (address is
contained in register.txt and also above). (I would prefer that you also

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enclose a simple screen dump of your RADCFG file showing me the exact SYSOP_NAME
and SYSTEMNAME entries for key creation)

When you receive your REGISTRATION KEY, enter it in the KEY field of RADCFG.
RAD will then be registered and legally yours. In addition, you will be able to
use future updates of RAD Plus using the same REGISTRATION KEY. So when you
register once, you never pay again.

Registration is $75.00.

Non Commercial BBS SysOps may register RAD Plus for $ 25.00.



DISCLAIMER - This program is provided as is. You may use it at your own risk.
There is no warranty of any kind or any form covering this program. The author
may in no way be held liable for any damage of any form in connection or arising
from the quality and/or use of this program and any associated files included
with it.

Please feel free to contact me via NETMAIL anytime for instant support.

Harvey Parisien, FidoNet 1:249/114
Box 323 Sta A, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M 6R2
613-389-3992 BBS



There are many people who have helped me in the development of RAD. First I
must say thanks to all the users who have contributed in different ways over the

A special thanks goes out to two local SysOps who you may or may not know of,
Mr. Don Laverdure of FidoNet 1:249/124, and Scott Dudley of FidoNet 1:249/106
for their testing time, and thoughts.

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