Category : Communication (modem) tools and utilities
Archive   : PCPLOC3C.ZIP
Filename : UPDATE.NOT

 
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VERSION 2:

I've added upload modules to these script files. Try them out on a short file
or two the first time you use them.

I've also added a number of batch files.

NEXTCALL.BAT will enable you to use the dialing-directory redial feature of
PCPlus, provided that you have the program STACKEY.

To use it, substitute the command DOS "NEXTCALL" for the QUIT command at the
very end of your X-------.ASP file. Start your calls by marking the directory
numbers that you want to call in the usual way, then start PCPLUS calling. At
the end of a completed call, NEXTCALL.BAT will send an ALT-D and a carriage
return to PCPLUS, putting the dialing directory in action again. That way,
you can have all the benefits of the PCPLUS dialing directory while using
script files.

The only drawback to this is that, once there are no more numbers left to
call, it will start PCPLUS calling the last number dialed all over again. To
get around this, I've added an ISFILE command to the first set of ASP files,
the ones that call each number. If the program finds a log file for the BBS
you're calling, it will quit and return you to DOS or to the batch file that
you used to start up PCPLUS.

PHONE.BAT is similar to CALL.BAT except that it doesn't activate a specific
dialing-directory number. You don't need any additional programs to run it or
CALL.BAT.

NITECALL.BAT is similar to CALL.BAT except that it parks the hard disk at the
very end. NITEPHON.BAT is similar, in the same way, to PHONE.BAT.
CALL-BBS.BAT, NITE-BBS.BAT, and PHONEBBS.BAT perform certain unarchiving
functions at the end of a BBS call. Archives are unpacked to a temporary
subdirectory, C:\1. NITE-BBS also parks the hard disk.

These last five batch files use one or more of the following programs:

1. MIRROR, the PCTOOLS file allocation table saver.
2. HDPARK, a disk parker.
3. PKXARC to unarchive the files.
4. QFILER, a file and directory manager.

HDPARK, PKXARC, AND QFILER are all shareware programs. The latter two are
available on just about every BBS and you can substitute any disk parker for
HDPARK. I happen to like it for use after unattended work because you must
use a cold reboot to start up your computer again.

VERSION 3:

Adding the test for the existence of the log file to the dialing-directory
script files was a mistake. Although it has some value, as you'll see, it
didn't serve the intended purpose, because the dialing-directory scripts are
used only when you are NOT using the PCPLUS dialing directory itself. The
test needs to be in the Q--------.ASP files themselves, and I've added them to
these files.

To review, if either script file finds the appropriate log file, it will quit
the program and take you back to DOS. In the case of the Q files, it will
also hang up the call. This is needed only when you are trying to do an
unattended "round robin" using script files ending with the DOS "NEXTCALL"
line. Without this "kick-out," the dialing directory may continue to dial the
last number which was successfully connected, since that's where your cursor
will wind up.

Then again, it may kick back to the first number in your directory. (I've
seen it do both.) So it's not a bad idea to make that first number your
most-frequently-called local BBS. You may connect with it a second time, but
when you do, the script file will send a hangup and kick you out to DOS within
a few seconds. You won't tie up the board for very long.

There may be times, however, when you will want to call a board using one of
the batch files and may not be aware of the existence of a previous log file.
So I've modified the batch files to alert you to the fact and give you an
opportunity to rename them with a TMP extension.

This may seem like a lot of trouble to go do, and if you don't plan to do
unattended calling, or if you only use one or two boards, you probably don't
need this stuff. Just leave the QUIT command at the end of the X------.MAT
files. This will drop you back to DOS instead of to the dialing directory.

The main purpose is to make it possible to do unattended round-robin file
transfers late at night, when the boards aren't as busy. That includes
uploads as well as downloads, folks!

I have also fine-tuned both the Q and X files to allow for a few cases where
you might not get an expected prompt and will need to skip to the next one.

Finally, I have added a set of files (COMP-UP.ASP, YCOMPCON.ASP and
UCOMPCON.MAT) to use for uploading files to Bob Blacher's upload-only node.
The prompts are slightly different than in the upload module of XCOMPCON.MAT.
COMP-UP.ASP calls the number from a batch file. YCOMPCON.ASP is the one that
you put in your dialing directory, just as with the Q files. It calls
UCOMPCON.ASP.

VERSION 3A:

This corrects two bugs in version 3:

1. A close quote at the end of the WAITFOR string in line 21 of XCOMPCON.MAT
had been erased inadvertently. I've put it back in.

2. The IF command which follows WAITFORS should be IF WAITFOR, not IF
SUCCESS. This has been corrected.

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Bob Simanski

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  3 Responses to “Category : Communication (modem) tools and utilities
Archive   : PCPLOC3C.ZIP
Filename : UPDATE.NOT

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

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