Category : OS/2 Files
Archive   : MOVOS212.ZIP
Filename : MOV-OS2.DOC

Output of file : MOV-OS2.DOC contained in archive : MOVOS212.ZIP

OS/2 version 1.2 (c)1993 Hearty Mosquito SoftWare

Hearty Mosquito SoftWare is not responsible for anything.
Use at your own risk.

If you like and use this program, send $5 for encouragement to:

Hearty Mosquito SoftWare
4216 29th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406

MOV moves files from one directory to another, and across drives.
Not the smallest. Probably not the fastest either, but faster than any of
the other file-move programs I've downloaded.

Before writing this program I had used a program called MV.EXE, written by
Bryan Higgins( 1802 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94703-1725), a great program
that worked well for years. The problem was that when told to move files
to another drive, it tried to spawn another program called CP.EXE and CP.EXE
wasn't included with the MV program. In setting out to write my own CP.EXE
program to compliment MV.EXE, I found that moving files around on the SAME
drive was trivial in comparison to moving them to OTHER drives, so I just
added the same-drive capability to MOV and said goodby to MV.

MOV version 1.2 (c)1993 Hearty Mosquito SoftWare

Syntax: MOV [-!] [inFILESPEC] [outDIRECTORY]

inFILESPEC: Existing files to be moved. May be a single file or wildcards,
can contain drive spec or parent directory names.

outDIRECTORY: Destination directory name. If the directory does not already
exist, the directory will only be created if a backslash \
ends the parameter.

-!: Forces overwriting of existing files.
Example 1:

moves files from one directory to another on the same drive. If a
file being moved already exists in the destination directory, you
will be prompted for instructions on whether to overwrite the file,
skip the file, overwrite the files and all others, or skip all the

An overwrite prompt looks like this:

"D:\SOURCE\" already exists. Overwrite it? [ ! y N ]
OVERWRITE this and ALL remaining. ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ ³ ³ ³
SKIP this file and ALL remaining. ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÙ ³ ³
Example 2:
moves files from one drive to another. If the files already exist in
the destination directory, they will be overwritten. If the
destination directory does not exist, it will NOT be created.
See the next example for that.
Example 3:
moves files from one drive to another. If the files already exist in
the destination directory, they will be overwritten. If the
destination directory does not exist, it WILL be created, the
backslash character \ at the end of the destination ensures that.
Some additional notes:

There is currently a limit of 500 files per operation. Attempts to
move more than 500 files will cause MOV to exit without moving ANY

READ-ONLY files:
When moving READ-ONLY files ACROSS drives, the files will only be
copied, not moved. The source files will not be deleted.

Read-only files can be moved to another directory on on the
SAME DRIVE and they will retain their read-only status.

When MOV moves a file, it first changes the source file to READ-ONLY,
to prevent someone from using the same directory for input and
For example: MOV D:\TEMP\filename.exe d:\TEMP
would trash the file when the output file was opened for writing.
Before exiting, MOV changes the file back to it's READ-WRITE state.

What doesn't MOV do?

MOV will only move existing files to a new directory. It will not
rename them at the same time. DOS includes a handy command called
"rename" that works well if you need to rename files.

Batch files:
MOV is ideal for use in batch files and will exit with the following

1 Syntax error.
2 Attempt to move more than 500 files.
3 Input file/directory not found.
4 Output spec is not a directory.
5 Attempt to copy over itself.
7 Error opening input file for reading.
8 Error opening output file for writing.
9 Failed to copy across drive: disk full?
10 OK was given to overwrite existing files.
11 ESC key was pressed, quit.
100 Failed to create new directory.

  3 Responses to “Category : OS/2 Files
Archive   : MOVOS212.ZIP
Filename : MOV-OS2.DOC

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