Contents of the D.DOC file
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D45 - The Colorful Directory Program
TOADWare Software Systems
August 9, 1989
D45 displays any DOS directory in a paged format.
Normally the directory information is sorted and displayed
in ascending order by file name, but with command line switches
the information can also be sorted by the file size in ascending
or descending order. If needed, the display can also be switched
to display the date the file was last written to instead of its size.
This program was designed to display the most needed
directory information as quickly as possible on the computer
screen. The program displays all the files (including hidden
files) and their sizes in screens of 60 entries at a time. By using
color, the current DOS attributes for each file will also be shown.
Normal DOS File (files that have not been modified since the last back up),
Archive File (files that have been modified), Sub Directory,
Hidden or System File (files that have been hidden from the DOS dir
command), and Read Only File (files that cannot be removed with the
DOS DEL command).
The disk label (if one exists) and file mask D45 is using
are displayed on the top line in yellow.
The bottom line of the final screen has the number of files
that match the mask, the disk space taken by those files, the
total disk space taken on the entire disk, and the total free
space remaining on the disk.
Any command line entry format that can be understood by the
DOS DIR command can also be understood by D45. If an empty
screen is displayed, examine the mask on the top line to be sure
D45 correctly parsed the command line entry.
Finally, the program can be stopped during multiple screen
displays at any time by pressing CTRL-C or the ESCape key.
The program finishes the current screen and returns to DOS with
a "Program Stopped" message on the bottom line.
Default Screen Colors:
These are the initial screen colors used and their meanings
(these can be changed with the /C option).
Foreground Background Meaning
__________ __________ _______
Light Blue Black Frame
Light Gray Black Normal File
Light Cyan Black Hidden File
Light Red Black System File
Light Green Black Sub Directory
Light Magenta Black Read Only File
Bright White Black Archive Bit Set
Command Line Entries:
Some examples of command line entries are (assuming
currently logged drive is C:)
Command Mask Comment
D C:*.* All of the files in the
D \ C:\*.* All of the files in the root
D \COPY C:\COPY\*.* All of the files in the
COPY subdirectory on the
D \*.COM C:\*.COM All of the .COM files in the
D A: A:\*.* All of the files in the
root directory of the A
Command Line Options:
/I - This option displays an information screen containing
the valid command line options and their meanings, how
to contact TOADWare, and the currently defined screen
/C - This option allows the operator to customize the
foreground and background colors used for all fields.
/L - By using this option on an EGA or VGA video system, a
greater amount of information can be shown at one time.
Normally, information is displayed in screens of 25
lines at a time. By using this option the same
information is displayed in 43 (EGA) or 50 (VGA)
lines at a time. If this option is enabled on a CGA or
Monochrome video system, it is ignored.
Normally the directory is sorted alphabetically by the file
name. This can be changed to sort the directory by file size in
ascending or descending order using the following command line
/A This option causes the directory to be sorted
in ascending order by file size (smallest first).
/D This option causes the directory to be sorted
in descending order by file size (largest first).
/T This option switches the displayed information
from the file size to the date the file was last
Displayed Entries Per Screen:
CGA (25 lines) EGA (43 lines) VGA (50 lines)
Per Column 20 38 45
Per Screen 60 114 134
Color System Support :
If an EGA or VGA display system is being used, then direct
screen writing is used. If a CGA system is being used, then
the retrace signal is monitored so no snow appears. All color
systems have access to the basic 16 colors of EGA, VGA and
Configuring Screen Colors with /C:
The foreground and background colors for all of the fields
can be reconfigured with the command line option '/C'. You can use
a Microsoft-compatible mouse to select colors if you wish.
D45 requires DOS 2.1 or higher. With PC-DOS 2.1 and Tandy MS-DOS 2.11,
you won't be able to use the screen configure option. An EGA or VGA
video system is recommended but not required.
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