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HELP INDEX ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^SHORTCUT KEYS^ ^MOUSE^
^FILE MENU^
^OPEN^ ^CONVERT^ ^PRINT^ ^DOS SHELL^ ^EXIT^
^SAVE^ ^TEMPLATE^ ^PRINT USING^ ^ABOUT^
^VIEW MENU^ ^EXTRACT MENU^
^BROWSE^ ^EXTRACT SELECTED^
^SEARCH^ ^EXTRACT MATCHING^
^VIEW NEWER^ ^EXTRACT NON-MATCHING^
^VIEW OLDER^ ^EXTRACT NEWER^
^DELETE MENU^ ^EXTRACT OLDER^
^DELETE SELECTED^ ^MOVE MENU^
^DELETE MATCHING^ ^MOVE SELECTED^
^DELETE NON-MATCHING^ ^MOVE MATCHING^
^DELETE NEWER^ ^MOVE NON-MATCHING^
^DELETE DUPLICATES^ ^MOVE NEWER^
^MOVE OLDER^
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*B 2,SHORTCUT KEYS
The following shortcut keys may be accessed from any-
where in the menu structure to invoke the function as if
the menu had been entered and the function selected:

ALT-O - File/Open
ALT-S - File/Save
ALT-P - File/Print
ALT-U - File/Print using
ALT-X - File/Exit
CTL-S - Sort

The shortcut keys may not be invoked from within
dialog boxes or while viewing/selecting entries.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 3,MOUSE
Limited mouse support has been added if you have a
mouse driver loaded. The mouse works in the following
circumstances:
1. You may select any menu item from the current menu
with the mouse.
2. If you are in a pull-down menu you must close the menu
with the right mouse button before you can select
another item from the main menu bar.
3. While in dialog boxes, you can move the input cursor
between fields by moving the mouse. Pressing the left
key is the same as pressing ENTER with the cursor in
that field. Pressing the right key is the same as
pressing ESCAPE.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 51,FILE MENU
The file menu lets you perform the following functions:

OPEN Read a library catalog file and build an
index of the entries.
SAVE Read the index and catalog while writing a
new catalog or replacing the existing
catalog. All sorts and deletes performed
on the index are now saved in the new/
replacement catalog.
CONVERT Save a nonstandard format catalog in CIS
standard format.
TEMPLATE Load a new template to be used on subse-
quent loads.
PRINT Print the catalog as it will look when
saved.
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PRINT USING Print the catalog as it will look when
saved. Use your favorite file print
utility to format the print.
DOS SHELL Exit to DOS to execute DOS commands.
Return to CATBOX by typing EXIT.
ABOUT... Display copyright and version information.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 52,VIEW MENU
The view menu lets you perform the following functions:

BROWSE Display the catalog, one entry at a time
allowing forward and backward movement.
SEARCH Display entries which contain a specified
string. The entire entry is searched
disregarding case.
VIEW NEWER Browse only those files that have an
upload date more recent than a date you
specify.
VIEW OLDER Browse only those files that have an
upload date older than a date you
specify.


See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 54,DELETE MENU
The delete menu lets you select records to delete by using
the following functions:

SELECT Step through catalog entries
one at a time specifying
whether or not the record will
be deleted.
DELETE MATCHING Specify a search string. All
matching entries will be dis-
played to let you select them
for deletion.
DELETE NON-MATCHING Specify a search string. All
entries NOT containing the
string will be displayed to
let you select them for de-
letion.
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DELETE NEWER Specify a date. All records
with an upload date more
recent than the specified date
will be displayed to let you
select them for deletion.
DELETE OLDER Specify a date. All records
with an upload date older than
the specified date will be
displayed to let you select
them for deletion.
DELETE DUPLICATES Delete duplicate index
entries. When you SAVE, the
resulting catalog will not
contain the duplicate entries.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 55,EXTRACT MENU
The extract menu lets you select records to extract to
another file by using the following functions:
SELECT Step through catalog entries
one at a time specifying
whether or not the record will
be extracted.
EXTRACT MATCHING Specify a search string. All
matching entries will be dis-
played to let you select them
for extraction.
EXTRACT NON-MATCHING Specify a search string. All
entries NOT containing the
string will be displayed to
let you select them for ex-
traction.
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EXTRACT NEWER Specify a date. All records
with an upload date more
recent than the specified date
will be displayed to let you
select them for extraction.
EXTRACT OLDER Specify a date. All records
with an upload date older than
the specified date will be
displayed to let you select
them for extraction.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 56,MOVE MENU
The move menu lets you select records to move to another
file by using the following functions:
SELECT Step through catalog entries
one at a time specifying
whether or not the record will
be moved.
MOVE MATCHING Specify a search string. All
matching entries will be dis-
played to let you select them
to be moved.
MOVE NON-MATCHING Specify a search string. All
entries NOT containing the
string will be displayed to
let you select them to be
moved.
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MOVE NEWER Specify a date. All records
with an upload date more
recent than the specified date
will be displayed to let you
select them to be moved.
MOVE OLDER Specify a date. All records
with an upload date older than
the specified date will be
displayed to let you select
them to be moved.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 61,MENUS AND DATA ENTRY
MENU AND DATA ENTRY BASICS
When you first enter CATBOX you are on a menu bar that
contains the items FILE, VIEW, SORT, DELETE, EXTRACT and
MOVE. You can move the red selection bar between items by
using the left and right arrow keys. Pressing ENTER while
the selection bar is on an item invokes that function. Most
of the functions will then display a pull-down menu with
additional selection items. In pull down menus, you move
the red selection bar by using the up and down arrow keys.
Again, you select an item by pressing ENTER.
Some functions require input from you. In this case, a
data entry window (dialogue box) will appear. The current
data entry field will appear with white letters on a blue
background. This is where you can type information. To move
between data entry fields, use the TAB key. Pressing ENTER
will also move to the next field unless you are currently on
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the last data entry field in the dialogue box. In this
case, data entry is terminated and all data (if it passes
audits) is accepted and the function proceeds. Before you
are allowed to move to another data entry field, sometimes
audits are performed on the data entered in the current
field. If the data is invalid, you will not be able to
proceed to the next field until good data is entered in the
current field.
Within a data entry field, certain keys can be used with
the following effects:
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KEY ACTION
Left arrow Cursor moves left
Right arrow Cursor moves right
Up arrow Cursor up (on multiline fields)
Down arrow Cursor down (on multiline fields)
CTRL-Left arrow Move cursor one word left
CTRL-Right arrow Move cursor one word right
TAB Next field
BACK TAB Previous field
ENTER Process field (on last field-
process all fields)
CTRL-ENTER Process all fields
HOME Cursor to beginning of field
END Cursor to end of data on current
line

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CTRL-HOME Cursor to start of first field
CTRL-END Cursor to end of data on last field
INSERT Toggle insert mode on/off
DELETE Delete character at cursor
BACKSPACE Delete character to left of cursor
CTRL-BACKSPACE Delete word to left of cursor
CTRL-R Restore field to original contents
CTRL-T Delete word to right of cursor
CTRL-U Delete from cursor to end of field
CTRL-Y Delete from cursor to end of last
field
ESCAPE Abort data entry

See also: ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 621,OPEN
OPENING A CATALOG
In order to perform any operation on a library catalog
you must first open it. Opening a file creates an index in
the work directory that will be used to determine the order
of all operations performed by CATBOX. Opening a file
closes any file that has already been opened. If the
current file has not been saved, you will be prompted and
given a chance to save or discard it before the new file is
opened.
A data entry window will appear that allows you to enter
a path and file name. In the data entry areas will appear
the path and file name of the last file you opened. Press
CTRL_ENTER to accept the current contents. To change the
path simply type over or modify the contents of the field.
Press CTRL-U to clear the field before typing if so desired.
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Once you press ENTER or TAB to move the cursor to the
name field, a pick list of file names in the specified path
appears. You can select the file you want to open by moving
the selection bar with the arrow keys and pressing ENTER.
If you prefer to type the file name, just press ESCAPE and
the pick list will disappear.
Pressing ENTER on the name field accepts the data as
entered. Pressing TAB returns you to the path field.
If there are entries which obviously do not fit the tem-
plate, they are copied to a file in the same directory as
CATBOX.EXE called CATBOX.REJ. This file is a continuous log
of rejected entries. Each entry in the log is preceeded by
a date and time stamp (when logged) and the catalog name of
the catalog that was being opened. CATBOX continues to add
rejects to the log file until you clear it by deleteing,
renaming or moving the CATBOX.REJ file. A new reject log
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will be started the next time an entry is rejected.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 622,SAVE
SAVING A CATALOG
To store a copy of the new library catalog incorporating
any changes you have made to the content or order, you must
save the file. Saving a file reads the index to determine
the order of records and the location of the text in the
original catalog. The text is read from the original
catalog and a new catalog is built.
A data entry window will appear that allows you to enter
a path and file name. In the data entry areas will appear
the path and file name of the last file you opened. Press
CTRL_ENTER to accept the current contents. To change the
path simply type over or modify the contents of the field.
Press CTRL-U to clear the field before typing if so desired.
"Use same file time?" lets you decide whether or not you
wish to copy the date/time stamp from the last opened cat-
alog to the output catalog. Enter Y to copy the date/time
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stamp or N to use the current date and time.
Pressing ENTER on the last field accepts the data as
entered. Pressing TAB returns you to the path field.
If you save the file to the same path and file name as
was originally opened, the original contents are replaced
with the new catalog. You can specify a different path and/
or file name so that you original catalog remains intact.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 623,CONVERT
SAVING A NONSTANDARD CATALOG IN STANDARD CIS FORMAT
If you have opened a catalog using a template other than
CBOXSTD.TPL, you can convert it to standard CIS format.
Selecting CONVERT performs in the same manner as SAVE
except that CATBOX uses the CBOXSTD.TPL template to
determine the output format. Once the catalog has been
saved, CBOXSTD.TPL becomes the loaded template for further
processing. As with the SAVE function, you will be able to
specify a different path and/or file name or you can
overwrite the original catalog.
There will be one difference (besides format) in the
header information of the output file. Sometimes there are
two dates specified in a header, the initial upload date and
a last updated date. The new output catalog will only
contain the last updated date, which I consider the only
date of real importance to the potential downloader.
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See also: ^SAVE^ ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 624,TEMPLATE
LOADING A TEMPLATE
Templates are used to describe the location of
information in catalog entries. This allows you to open and
process non-standard catalog formats. Templates must be
named with a file extension of .TPL. See the section in the
documentation on TEMPLATES for instructions on constructing
custom templates.
If the template selected does not match the format of
the catalog entries, you will experience problems opening,
viewing and sorting files. The primary cause of data errors
in CATBOX will be caused by mismatched catalogs and
templates.
A data entry window will appear that allows you to
enter a path and file name. In the data entry areas will
appear the path and file name of the last template you
opened. Press CTRL_ENTER to accept the current contents.
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To change the path simply type over or modify the contents
of the field. Press CTRL-U to clear the field before typing
if so desired.
Once you press ENTER or TAB to move the cursor to the
name field, a pick list of template file names in the
specified path appears. You can select the template you
want to open by moving the selection bar with the arrow keys
and pressing ENTER. If you prefer to type the template
name, just press ESCAPE and the pick list will disappear.
Pressing ENTER on the name field accepts the data as
entered. Pressing TAB returns you to the path field.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 625,PRINT
PRINTING A CATALOG
Selecting the PRINT option will allow you to print the
currently opened catalog as it has been processed by CATBOX.
The catalog need not have been previously saved.
A data entry window will appear that allows you to enter
the number of lines per page and the printer port. In the
data entry areas will appear the values you last used.
Press CTRL_ENTER to accept the current contents. To change
the lines per page simply type over or modify the contents
of the field. Press CTRL-U to clear the field before typing
if so desired.
Once you press ENTER or TAB to move the cursor to the
printer port field, a pick list of allowable ports appears.
You can select the port you want to use by moving the
selection bar with the arrow keys and pressing ENTER. If
you prefer to type the port name, just press ESCAPE and the
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pick list will disappear.
Pressing ENTER on the printer port field accepts the
data as entered. Pressing TAB returns you to the lines per
page field.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 626,PRINT USING
PRINTING A CATALOG USING AN EXTERNAL PRINT UTILITY
The PRINT USING option allows you to enter a command
line just as you would at the DOS command prompt to invoke
your favorite file print utility to format the printed
output and direct it to the proper port. The only differ-
ence in entering the command here and at the DOS prompt is
that you use the characters %s (lower case s) in the
command line spot where you would normally type the file
name. You may invoke batch files (.BAT).
Do not invoke any terminate-and-stay-resident (TSR)
programs from the PRINT USING line. DOS has a spooled
file print command called PRINT. It is a TSR so you DO
NOT want to invoke it here.
The catalog does not have to be saved before you use
PRINT USING. CATBOX will use the current index and create a
temporary file that will be printed by the print utility.
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See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 627,DOS SHELL
TEMPORARILY EXIT TO DOS
By selecting DOS SHELL you will be taken to the DOS
prompt on a clear screen. You can execute almost any DOS
command or program while in the DOS shell. Do not load
any terminate-and-stay-resident (TSR) program while in the
DOS shell unless you can remove it from memory before
returning to CATBOX. To return to CATBOX from the DOS
shell, simply type EXIT at any DOS prompt.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 628,ABOUT
VIEW CATBOX VERSION AND COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
Selecting ABOUT... will display a pop-up window with
version, serialization and copyright information about
CATBOX. Pressing any key removes the window and returns you
to the CATBOX menu bar.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 629,EXIT
EXIT CATBOX
Selecting EXIT will leave CATBOX and return to DOS.
You can also exit via the ALT-X shortcut key combination.
If you have made changes to the current catalog that
have not been saved, you will be asked if you want to save
the catalog before exiting. Pressing ESCAPE in this
prompt window aborts the exit process and returns you to
the main menu bar.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 631,BROWSE
BROWSE THE CATALOG
Browsing lets you display entries on the screen moving
forward and backward through the catalog.
Selecting BROWSE displays the first catalog entry on the
screen. Pressing PageDown will display the next entry.
Pressing PageUp will display the previous entry. If the
entry does not change when you press PageDown or PageUp you
are viewing the last or first entry in the catalog, respec-
tively. The entry number that you are viewing appears in
the upper right corner of the screen on the menu bar line.
Pressing ESC terminates the browse function and you are
returned to the menu bar.
There are seven keys available that do not appear in the
prompt on the bottom line of the screen. Pressing HOME,
CTRL-PageUp or T will position the display at the top, or
first entry, of the catalog. Pressing END, CTRL-PageDown or
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B will position the display at the bottom, or last entry, of
the catalog. Pressing P prints the entry you are viewing.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 632,SEARCH
SEARCH THE CATALOG
Searching lets you display only those entries on the
screen that contain a given word, phrase or other string of
characters. You can then move the display forward and
backward through the matching entries. A search on a new
string always begins by testing the first entry and proceeds
forward until a match is found or all entries have been
searched. The search is case-insensitive (small letters are
treated the same as capitals). The entire entry is searched
from the start of the heading to the last of the text. If
the search string exists starting at the end of one line of
the entry text and continues at the beginning of the next
line, the search will still find the match.
When you select SEARCH a dialogue box appears that lets
you input the string that you want located. The data entry
field will contain the last search string that you entered
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during this session. You may type over, edit or delete
(CTRL-U) the current contents of the field. Pressing ENTER
accepts the string as entered and begins the search.
The first matching catalog entry will be displayed on
the screen. Pressing PageDown will display the next
matching entry. Pressing PageUp will display the previous
matching entry. If the entry does not change when you press
PageDown or PageUp you are viewing the last or first
matching entry in the catalog, respectively. The current
entry number is displayed on the right side of the menu bar.
Searching backward (PageUp) is much slower than
searching forward due to the fact that DOS files were not
designed to be read backwards. If any search appears to be
taking too long, you may press ESC to terminate the search.
Pressing ESC terminates the browse function and you are
returned to the menu bar.
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There are several keys available that do not appear in
the prompt on the bottom line of the screen. Pressing HOME,
CTRL-PageUp or T will position the display at the top, or
first entry, of the catalog. Pressing END, CTRL-PageDown or
B will position the display at the bottom, or last entry, of
the catalog. Pressing any of these exits SEARCH mode and
puts you in BROWSE mode.
Pressing P prints the entry you are viewing.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 633 VIEW NEWER
VIEW ENTRIES NEWER THAN A GIVEN DATE
Choosing VIEW NEWER begins a variation of the BROWSE
function where you are only shown entries in which the
upload date is more recent than a given date.
When you select VIEW NEWER, a dialogue box appears that
lets you input the cutoff date that you want to use. The
data entry field will contain the last date that you
entered during this session. You may type over, edit or
delete (CTRL-U) the current contents of the field. Pressing
ENTER accepts the date as entered and begins the search.
It searches the file and displays the first entry more
recent than the specified date. Pressing PageDown will
display the next entry. Pressing PageUp will display the
previous entry. If the entry does not change when you press
PageDown or PageUp you are viewing the last or first entry
in the catalog, respectively. The entry number that you are
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viewing appears in the upper right corner of the screen on
the menu bar line.
Pressing ESC terminates the browse function and you are
returned to the menu bar.
There are seven keys available that do not appear in the
prompt on the bottom line of the screen. Pressing HOME,
CTRL-PageUp or T will position the display at the top, or
first entry, of the catalog. Pressing END, CTRL-PageDown or
B will position the display at the bottom, or last entry, of
the catalog. When you go to the top or bottom, the date
search is aborted and you revert to BROWSE mode. Pressing P
prints the entry you are viewing.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 634,VIEW OLDER
VIEW ENTRIES OLDER THAN A GIVEN DATE
Choosing VIEW OLDER begins a variation of the BROWSE
function where you are only shown entries in which the
upload date is older than a given date.
When you select VIEW OLDER, a dialogue box appears that
lets you input the cut-off date that you want to use. The
data entry field will contain the last date that you
entered during this session. You may type over, edit or
delete (CTRL-U) the current contents of the field. Pressing
ENTER accepts the date as entered and begins the search.
It searches the file and displays the first entry older
than the specified date. Pressing PageDown will display the
next matching entry. Pressing PageUp will display the
previous matching entry. If the entry does not change when
you press PageDown or PageUp you are viewing the last or
first entry in the catalog, respectively. The entry number
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that you are viewing appears in the upper right corner of
the screen on the menu bar line.
Pressing ESC terminates the browse function and you are
returned to the menu bar.
There are seven keys available that do not appear in the
prompt on the bottom line of the screen. Pressing HOME,
CTRL-PageUp or T will position the display at the top, or
first entry, of the catalog. Pressing END, CTRL-PageDown or
B will position the display at the bottom, or last entry, of
the catalog. When you go to the top or bottom, the date
search is aborted and you revert to BROWSE mode. Pressing P
prints the entry you are viewing.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 641,SORT
SORT THE CATALOG
Selecting SORT will allow you to sort the index of
catalog entries. Once the index has been sorted, subsequent
actions will treat the catalog as if it is in the sorted
order. Only SAVE will actually store the file on disk in
the sorted order, even though functions such as VIEW and
PRINT make it appear that the order of the catalog has been
changed.
When SORT is selected, a dialogue box appears that will
have four data entry fields at the bottom of the screen.
This is where you determine the order in which the index
will be sorted. The list shows the fields by which
you can sort. Enter the letter for the field followed by an
A or D. The A or D determines whether that field will be
sorted ascendingly or descendingly. The order of priority
of the sort field is from left to right. For example,
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if the keys are entered as LA DD NA EA, the catalog is
primarily sorted in ascending library order (i.e. LIB 1, LIB
2, ..., LIB n). Within each library grouping, the entries
will be sorted in descending date order, in other words, the
newest will appear first down to the oldest. If more than
one entry exist for a given date, those entries appear in
file name and extension order. With this sort order you can
easily see the newest entries in each library without
having to look though the entire catalog.
Pressing CTRL-ENTER at any time or ENTER on the last
field, accepts the keys as entered and begins the sort.
Naturally, in most cases, the more entries that are in a
catalog, the longer it takes to sort. The QuickSort
algorithm is used for the sort by invoking the FSORT.EXE
program. For more information about the sort program, see
the section on FSORT.EXE. You can also use it as a stand
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alone sort utility to sort almost any text file of almost
any size by invoking FSORT on the DOS command line.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 651,DELETE SELECTED
SELECTING ENTRIES TO DELETE
Choosing SELECT begins a process very similar to the
VIEW/BROWSE function. It displays one entry at a time from
the start of the catalog to the end asking if you want to
delete the entry. To delete the entry, press Y. To retain
the entry, press N.
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for deletion by pressing Y, it
cannot be recovered except by pressing ESC. Pressing ESC
terminates the selection/deletion process, returns the index
to its condition before the selection pass began, and
returns you to the menu bar. END terminates, but deletes.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. A new index has been created that no
longer contains those entries that you selected for
deletion.
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Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for deletion, will print the entry.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
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*B 652,DELETE MATCHING
DELETE ENTRIES MATCHING A SEARCH STRING
Choosing DELETE MATCHING begins a process very similar
to the VIEW/SEARCH function. It searches the file and
displays one matching entry at a time from the start of the
catalog to the end asking if you want to delete the entry.
To delete the entry, press Y. To retain the entry, press N.
The search is case-insensitive (small letters are
treated the same as capitals). The entire entry is searched
from the start of the heading to the last of the text. If
the search string exists starting at the end of one line
of the entry text and continues at the beginning of the next
line, the search will still find the match.
When you select DELETE MATCHING a dialogue box appears
that lets you input the string that you want located. The
data entry field will contain the last search string that
you entered during this session. You may type over, edit or
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delete (CTRL-U) the current contents of the field. Pressing
ENTER accepts the string as entered and begins the search.
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for deletion by pressing Y, it
cannot be recovered except by pressing ESC. Pressing ESC
terminates the selection/deletion process, returns the index
to its condition before the selection pass began, and
returns you to the menu bar. END terminates, but deletes.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. A new index has been created that no
longer contains those entries that you selected for
deletion.
Non-matching entries are not displayed and are always
retained.
At any time that a matching entry is being displayed,
you may press A to stop displaying the matches and prompting
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for deletion. CATBOX will continue through the file
deleting all matching entries and keeping those that do not
match.
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for deletion, will print the entry.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E


*B 653,DELETE NON-MATCHING
DELETE RECORDS NOT MATCHING A SEARCH STRING
Choosing DELETE NON-MATCHING begins a process very
similar to the DELETE MATCHING function except that you are
prompted to delete records which DO NOT contain the search
string. It searches the file and displays one non-matching
entry at a time from the start of the catalog to the end
asking if you want to delete the entry. To delete the
entry, press Y. To retain the entry, press N.
The search is case-insensitive (small letters are
treated the same as capitals). The entire entry is searched
from the start of the heading to the last of the text. If
the search string exists starting at the end of one line
of the entry text and continues at the beginning of the next
line, the search will still find the match.
When you select DELETE NON-MATCHING a dialogue box
appears that lets you input the string that you want
*P
located. The data entry field will contain the last search
string that you entered during this session. You may type
over, edit or delete (CTRL-U) the current contents of the
field. Pressing ENTER accepts the string as entered and
begins the search.
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for deletion by pressing Y, it
cannot be recovered except by pressing ESC. Pressing ESC
terminates the selection/deletion process, returns the index
to its condition before the selection pass began, and
returns you to the menu bar. END terminates, but deletes.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. A new index has been created that no
longer contains those entries that you selected for
deletion.
*P
Matching entries are not displayed and are always
retained.
At any time that a non-matching entry is being
displayed, you may press A to stop displaying the entries
and prompting for deletion. CATBOX will continue through
the file deleting all non-matching entries and keeping those
that match.
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for deletion, will print the entry.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 654,DELETE NEWER
DELETE ENTRIES NEWER THAN A GIVEN DATE
Choosing DELETE NEWER begins a process very similar to
the DELETE MATCHING function except that you are prompted
to delete records in which the upload date is more recent
than a given date. It searches the file and displays one
newer entry at a time from the start of the catalog to the
end asking if you want to delete the entry. To delete the
entry, press Y. To retain the entry, press N.
When you select DELETE NEWER, a dialogue box appears
that lets you input the cutoff date that you want to
specify. The data entry field will contain the last date
that you entered during this session. You may type over,
edit or delete (CTRL-U) the current contents of the field.
Pressing ENTER accepts the date as entered and begins the
search.
*P
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for deletion by pressing Y, it
cannot be recovered except by pressing ESC. Pressing ESC
terminates the selection/deletion process, returns the
index to its condition before the selection pass began, and
returns you to the menu bar. END terminates, but deletes.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. A new index has been created that no
longer contains those entries that you selected for
deletion.
Entries with upload dates equal to or older than the
specified date are not displayed and are always retained.
At any time that an entry is being displayed, you may
press A to stop displaying the entries and prompting for
deletion. CATBOX will continue through the file deleting
all newer entries and keeping the older entries.
*P
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for deletion, will print the entry.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 655,DELETE OLDER
DELETE ENTRIES OLDER THAN A GIVEN DATE
Choosing DELETE OLDER begins a process very similar to
the DELETE MATCHING function except that you are prompted
to delete records in which the upload date is older than a
given date. It searches the file and displays one older
entry at a time from the start of the catalog to the end
asking if you want to delete the entry. To delete the
entry, press Y. To retain the entry, press N.
When you select DELETE OLDER, a dialogue box appears
that lets you input the cutoff date that you want to
specify. The data entry field will contain the last date
that you entered during this session. You may type over,
edit or delete (CTRL-U) the current contents of the field.
Pressing ENTER accepts the date as entered and begins the
search.
*P
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for deletion by pressing Y, it
cannot be recovered except by pressing ESC. Pressing ESC
terminates the selection/deletion process, returns the
index to its condition before the selection pass began, and
returns you to the menu bar. END terminates, but deletes.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. A new index has been created that no
longer contains those entries that you selected for
deletion.
Entries with upload dates equal to or newer than the
specified date are not displayed and are always retained.
At any time that an entry is being displayed, you may
press A to stop displaying the entries and prompting for
deletion. CATBOX will continue through the file deleting
all older entries and keeping the newer entries.
*P
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for deletion, will print the entry.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 656,DELETE DUPLICATES
DELETING DUPLICATE ENTRIES
Selecting DELETE DUPLICATES allows you to delete any
entries that exist more than once. This can happen if you
combine multiple catalogs into one. Sometimes downloaded
catalogs also contain duplicate entries. An entry is con-
sidered a duplicate if the name, extension, uploader ID and
size are identical.
In order to determine if duplicates exist, CATBOX sorts
the index by name, extension, uploader ID and size. If you
had previously sorted the index in a different order, you
will need to sort it again after the duplicates are deleted.
You are not prompted for deletion of individual entries
once the process begins. They are automatically deleted
when encountered.
If you are processing a catalog that contains entries
for more than one library and the same entry is present in
*P
more than one library, the entry will be deleted from all
but the highest numbered library.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 661,EXTRACT SELECTED
SELECTING ENTRIES TO EXTRACT
Choosing SELECT begins a process very similar to the
VIEW/BROWSE function. It displays one entry at a time from
the start of the catalog to the end asking if you want to
extract the entry. To extract the entry, press Y, otherwise
press N.
When you choose SELECT, a dialogue box appears to let
you enter the name of the destination, or target catalog.
This field will contain the last destination that you
specified. You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U) the
current contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts the
path as entered and begins processing.
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for extraction by pressing Y, it
is immediately copied and cannot be deselected. Pressing
ESC terminates the selection/extraction process at that
*P
point and returns you to the menu bar. Any entries
previously selected for extraction have already been copied
to the target file. END is same as ESC.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. The new catalog has been created that
contains those entries that you selected for extraction.
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for extraction, will print the entry.
NOTE- If the target catalog already exists, the new
entries are appended to the end of the target catalog.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 662,EXTRACT MATCHING
EXTRACTING ENTRIES MATCHING A SEARCH STRING
Choosing EXTRACT MATCHING begins a process very similar
to the VIEW/SEARCH function. It searches the file and
displays one matching entry at a time from the start of the
catalog to the end asking if you want to extract the entry.
To extract the entry, press Y, otherwise press N.
The search is case-insensitive (small letters are
treated the same as capitals). The entire entry is searched
from the start of the heading to the last of the text. If
the search string exists starting at the end of one line
of the entry text and continues at the beginning of the next
line, the search will still find the match.
When you choose EXTRACT MATCHING, a dialogue box appears
to let you enter the name of the destination, or target
catalog. This field will contain the last destination that
you specified You may type over, editor delete (CTRL-U) the
*P
current contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts the
string as entered.
Next a dialogue box appears that lets you input the
string that you want located. The data entry field will
contain the last search string that you entered during this
session. You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U) the
current contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts the
string as entered and begins the search.
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for extraction by pressing Y, it
is immediately copied and cannot be deselected. Pressing
ESC terminates the selection/extraction process at that
point and returns you to the menu bar. Any entries
previously selected for extraction have already been copied
to the target file. END is same as ESC.
*P
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. The new catalog has been created that
contains those entries that you selected for extraction.
Non-matching entries are not displayed and are never
extracted.
At any time that a matching entry is being displayed,
you may press A to stop displaying the matches and prompting
for extraction. CATBOX will continue through the file
extracting all matching entries and ignoring those that do
not match.
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for extraction, will print the entry.
NOTE- If the target catalog already exists, the new
entries are appended to the end of the target catalog.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 663,EXTRACT NON-MATCHING
EXTRACT RECORDS NOT MATCHING A SEARCH STRING
Choosing EXTRACT NON-MATCHING begins a process very
similar to the EXTRACT MATCHING function except that you are
prompted to extract records which DO NOT contain the search
string. It searches the file and displays one non-matching
entry at a time from the start of the catalog to the end
asking if you want to extract the entry. To extract the
entry, press Y, otherwise press N.
The search is case-insensitive (small letters are
treated the same as capitals). The entire entry is searched
from the start of the heading to the last of the text. If
the search string exists starting at the end of one line
of the entry text and continues at the beginning of the next
line, the search will still find the match.
When you choose EXTRACT NON-MATCHING, a dialogue box
appears to let you enter the name of the destination, or
*P
target catalog. This field will contain the last desti-
nation that you specified. You may type over, edit or
delete (CTRL-U) the current contents of the field. Pressing
ENTER accepts the string as entered.
Next a dialogue box appears that lets you input the
string that you want located. The data entry field will
contain the last search string that you entered during this
session. You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U) the
current contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts the
string as entered and begins the search.
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for extraction by pressing Y, it
is immediately copied and cannot be deselected. Pressing
ESC terminates the selection/extraction process at that
point and returns you to the menu bar. Any entries
previously selected for extraction have already been copied
*P
to the target file. END is same as ESC.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. The new catalog has been created that
contains those entries that you selected for extraction.
Matching entries are not displayed and are never
extracted.
At any time that a non-matching entry is being
displayed, you may press A to stop displaying the entries
and prompting for extraction. CATBOX will continue through
the file extracting all non-matching entries and ignoring
those that match.
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for extraction, will print the entry.
NOTE- If the target catalog already exists, the new
entries are appended to the end of the target catalog.
*P
See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 664,EXTRACT NEWER
EXTRACT ENTRIES NEWER THAN A GIVEN DATE
Choosing EXTRACT NEWER begins a process very similar to
the EXTRACT MATCHING function except that you are prompted
to extract records in which the upload date is more recent
than a given date. It searches the file and displays one
newer entry at a time from the start of the catalog to the
end, asking if you want to extract the entry. To extract
the entry, press Y, otherwise press N.
When you select EXTRACT NEWER, a dialogue box appears to
let you enter the name of the destination, or target
catalog. This field will contain the last destination that
you specified. You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U)
the current contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts
the string as entered.
Next, a dialogue box appears that lets you input the
cutoff date that you want to use. The data entry field will
*P
contain the last date that you entered during this session.
You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U) the current
contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts the date as
entered and begins the search.
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for extraction by pressing Y, it
is immediately copied and cannot be deselected. Pressing
ESC terminates the selection/extraction process at that
point and returns you to the menu bar. Any entries pre-
viously selected for extraction have already been copied to
the target file. END is same as ESC.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. The new catalog has been created that
contains those entries that you selected for extraction.
Entries with upload dates equal to or older than the
specified date are not displayed and are never extracted.
*P
At any time that an entry is being displayed, you may
press A to stop displaying the entries and prompting for
extraction. CATBOX will continue through the file extrac-
ting all newer entries and ignoring the older entries.
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for extraction, will print the entry.
NOTE- If the target catalog already exists, the new
entries are appended to the end of the target catalog.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 665,EXTRACT OLDER
EXTRACT ENTRIES OLDER THAN A GIVEN DATE
Choosing EXTRACT OLDER begins a process very similar to
the EXTRACT MATCHING function except that you are prompted
to extract records in which the upload date is older than a
given date. It searches the file and displays one older
entry at a time from the start of the catalog to the end,
asking if you want to extract the entry. To extract the
entry, press Y, otherwise press N.
When you select EXTRACT OLDER, a dialogue box appears to
let you enter the name of the destination, or target
catalog. This field will contain the last destination that
you specified. You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U)
the current contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts
the string as entered.
Next, a dialogue box appears that lets you input the
cutoff date that you want to use. The data entry field will
*P
contain the last date that you entered during this session.
You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U) the current
contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts the date as
entered and begins the search.
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for extraction by pressing Y, it
is immediately copied and cannot be deselected. Pressing
ESC terminates the selection/extraction process at that
point and returns you to the menu bar. Any entries pre-
viously selected for extraction have already been copied to
the target file. END is dame as ESC.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. The new catalog has been created that
contains those entries that you selected for extraction.
Entries with upload dates equal to or newer than the
specified date are not displayed and are never extracted.
*P
At any time that an entry is being displayed, you may
press A to stop displaying the entries and prompting for
extraction. CATBOX will continue through the file extrac-
ting all older entries and ignoring the newer entries.
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for extraction, will print the entry.
NOTE- If the target catalog already exists, the new
entries are appended to the end of the target catalog.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 671,MOVE SELECTED
SELECTING ENTRIES TO MOVE
Choosing SELECT begins a process very similar to the
VIEW/BROWSE function. It displays one entry at a time from
the start of the catalog to the end asking if you want to
move the entry. To move the entry, press Y, otherwise press
N.
When you choose SELECT, a dialogue box appears to let
you enter the name of the destination, or target catalog.
This field will contain the last destination that you
specified. You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U) the
current contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts the
path as entered and begins processing.
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for extraction by pressing Y, it
is immediately moved and cannot be deselected. Pressing ESC
terminates the selection/move process at that point
*P
and returns you to the menu bar. Any entries previously
selected to be moved have already been copied to the target
but not deleted from catalog. END terminates, but deletes.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. The new catalog has been created that
contains those entries that you moved.
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for moving, will print the entry.
NOTE- If the target catalog already exists, the new
entries are appended to the end of the target catalog.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 672,MOVE MATCHING
MOVE ENTRIES MATCHING A SEARCH STRING
Choosing MOVE MATCHING begins a process very similar to
the VIEW/SEARCH function. It searches the file and displays
one matching entry at a time from the start of the catalog
to the end asking if you want to move the entry. To move
the entry, press Y, otherwise press N.
The search is case-insensitive (small letters are
treated the same as capitals). The entire entry is searched
from the start of the heading to the last of the text. If
the search string exists starting at the end of one line
of the entry text and continues at the beginning of the next
line, the search will still find the match.
When you choose MOVE MATCHING, a dialogue box appears to
let you enter the name of the destination, or target
catalog. This field will contain the last destination that
you specified. You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U)
*P
the current contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts
the string as entered.
Next a dialogue box appears that lets you input the
string that you want located. The data entry field will
contain the last search string that you entered during this
session. You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U) the
current contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts the
string as entered and begins the search.
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for moving by pressing Y, it is
immediately moved and cannot be deselected. Pressing ESC
terminates the selection/move process at that point
and returns you to the menu bar. Any entries previously
selected to be moved have already been copied to the target
but not deleted from catalog. END terminates, but deletes.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
*P
to the menu bar. The new catalog has been created that
contains those entries that you moved.
Non-matching entries are not displayed and are never
moved.
At any time that a matching entry is being displayed,
you may press A to stop displaying the matches and prompting
for move. CATBOX will continue through the file moving all
matching entries and retaining those that do not match.
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for moving, will print the entry.
NOTE- If the target catalog already exists, the new
entries are appended to the end of the target catalog.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 673,MOVE NON-MATCHING
MOVE RECORDS NOT MATCHING A SEARCH STRING
Choosing MOVE NON-MATCHING begins a process very similar
to the MOVE MATCHING function except that you are prompted
to move records which DO NOT contain the search string. It
searches the file and displays one non-matching entry at a
time from the start of the catalog to the end asking if you
want to move the entry. To move the entry, press Y,
otherwise press N.
The search is case-insensitive (small letters are
treated the same as capitals). The entire entry is searched
from the start of the heading to the last of the text. If
the search string exists starting at the end of one line
of the entry text and continues at the beginning of the next
line, the search will still find the match.
When you choose MOVE NON-MATCHING, a dialogue box
appears to let you enter the name of the destination, or
*P
target catalog. This field will contain the last desti-
nation that you specified. You may type over, edit or
delete (CTRL-U) the current contents of the field.
Pressing ENTER accepts the string as entered.
Next a dialogue box appears that lets you input the
string that you want located. The data entry field will
contain the last search string that you entered during this
session. You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U) the
current contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts the
string as entered and begins the search.
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for moving by pressing Y, it is
immediately moved and cannot be deselected. Pressing ESC
terminates the selection/move process at that point
and returns you to the menu bar. Any entries previously
*P
selected to be moved have already been copied to the target
but not deleted from catalog. END terminates, but deletes.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. The new catalog has been created that
contains those entries that you moved.
Matching entries are not displayed and are never moved.
At any time that a non-matching entry is being
displayed, you may press A to stop displaying the entries
and prompting for move. CATBOX will continue through the
file moving all non-matching entries and retaining those
that match.
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for moving, will print the entry.
NOTE- If the target catalog already exists, the new
entries are appended to the end of the target catalog.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 674,MOVE NEWER
MOVE ENTRIES NEWER THAN A GIVEN DATE
Choosing MOVE NEWER begins a process very similar to the
MOVE MATCHING function except that you are prompted to move
records in which the upload date is more recent than a given
date. It searches the file and displays one newer entry at
a time from the start of the catalog to the end asking if
you want to extract the entry. To extract the entry, press
Y, otherwise press N.
When you select MOVE NEWER, a dialogue box appears to
let you enter the name of the destination, or target
catalog. This field will contain the last destination that
you specified. You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U)
the current contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts
the string as entered.
Next, a dialogue box appears that lets you input the
cutoff date that you want to use. The data entry field will
*P
contain the last date that you entered during this session.
You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U) the current
contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts the date as
entered and begins the search.
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for moving by pressing Y, it is
immediately moved and cannot be deselected. Pressing ESC
terminates the selection/move process at that point and
returns you to the menu bar. Any entries previously
selected to be moved have already been copied to the target
but not deleted from catalog. END terminates, but deletes.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. The new catalog has been created that
contains those entries that you moved.
Entries with upload dates equal to or older than the
specified date are not displayed and are never moved.
*P
At any time that an entry is being displayed, you may
press A to stop displaying the entries and prompting for
move. CATBOX will continue through the file moving all
newer entries and retaining the older entries.
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for moving, will print the entry.
NOTE- If the target catalog already exists, the new
entries are appended to the end of the target catalog.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E

*B 675,MOVE OLDER
MOVE ENTRIES OLDER THAN A GIVEN DATE
Choosing MOVE OLDER begins a process very similar to the
MOVE MATCHING function except that you are prompted to move
records in which the upload date is older than a given date.
It searches the file and displays one older entry at a time
from the start of the catalog to the end asking if you want
to extract the entry. To extract the entry, press Y,
otherwise press N.
When you select MOVE OLDER, a dialogue box appears to
let you enter the name of the destination, or target
catalog. This field will contain the last destination that
you specified. You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U)
the current contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts
the string as entered.
Next, a dialogue box appears that lets you input the
cutoff date that you want to use. The data entry field will
*P
contain the last date that you entered during this session.
You may type over, edit or delete (CTRL-U) the current
contents of the field. Pressing ENTER accepts the date as
entered and begins the search.
This function only moves forward through the catalog.
Once an entry is selected for moving by pressing Y, it is
immediately moved and cannot be deselected. Pressing ESC
terminates the selection/move process at that point and
returns you to the menu bar. Any entries previously
selected to be moved have already been copied to the target
but not deleted from catalog. END terminates, but deletes.
When you reach the end of the catalog you are returned
to the menu bar. The new catalog has been created that
contains those entries that you moved.
Entries with upload dates equal to or newer than the
specified date are not displayed and are never moved.
*P
At any time that an entry is being displayed, you may
press A to stop displaying the entries and prompting for
move. CATBOX will continue through the file moving all
older entries and retaining the newer entries.
Pressing P while an entry is displayed and awaiting a
Y/N response for moving, will print the entry.
NOTE- If the target catalog already exists, the new
entries are appended to the end of the target catalog.

See also: ^MENUS AND DATA ENTRY^ ^HELP INDEX^
*E


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