Contents of the DISKHELP.TXT file
This is very different from other systems because you do most of
the things from this screen instead of going to several menus and
also, you can see a window of the Diskmgr file at all times which is
handy for paging through and also making edits, changes, adding new
BASICALLY, if you get somewhere you don't want to be, you can
ALWAYS press the ESCape key to get out. Also, you press the ESCape
key to quit this screen and go back to the Main Menu.
To the side of the file window, there are listed most of the
things you can do, so if you forget a command and don't want to go
through this help file, look at the bottom of the screen!
Here are the list of commands for this screen and handling the
Diskmgr Floppy Disk Tracking System:
PgDn key - moves down one screenful.
PgUp key - moves UP one screenful.
CTRL + PgDn (hold down the CTRL key and tap the PgDn key) -
moves you to the bottom of the file.
CTRL + PgUp (hold down the CTRL key and tap the PgDn key) -
moves you to the top of the file.
UP ARROW KEY - moves UP one record in the file.
DOWN ARROW KEY - moves DOWN one record in the file.
F2 (Function Key) While in any edit window, pressing F2 will
save your changes and take you out to the Main File
INS (the INSert key) - ADD a floppy disk to the file. This is handy
if you have a disk with many files on it all belonging to one
system. For example you might want to just enter dBASE IV
as "dBASE IV disk 1" etc as the individual file names of dBASE IV
wouldn't be something you would be looking up in the DISKMGR.
If you change your mind or make an error, press escape and the new
record WON'T be added.
The RETURN key: TO CHANGE A Floppy disk entry, when you have
positioned the Light Bar on the record you wish to change.
This is handy if you have updated one file on a disk and don't
want to erase the disk in the file and reRead it. You can also
add a note to the file name or use the path name as a place for notes.
I typically put the serial numbers to my purchased software as an
added note. After you make the necessary changes, you can press F2
to save them or if you change your mind, press ESC in the edit window
and the computer will forget your changes and leave the record as is.
DEL: (the DELete key) This key will bring up a menu that allows you to
Delete the highlighted record, or PACK the file (that's
compressing the file and rebuilding the indexes) or if
the record highlighted is already deleted then you can
UNdelete the record by pressing this key and selecting
that option on the small menu. Deleting is a two step
process. First, you press the DEL key and select
Delete from the menu AFTER you have moved the Lightbar
to highlight the record you want to REMOVE from the file.
THEN, an asterisk will appear in front of the filename
showing it marked for deletion.
At this point, if you change your mind, you
can press the DELete key and select "Undelete" to get
the record back. To TOTALLY REMOVE IT FROM THE FILE,
you need to press the DELete key again and select
"Pack" from the menu. After you have selected this
option, you CANNOT get the record back.
ESC: (the ESCape key) This is an important key. First of
all, you use it to exit at any place in the system. If
you don't want to be where you are, press ESCape and
you will be out of there.
F1: (Function Key) Shows the Help file on the screen. If
you get a message that the help file is not there,
there is a program you can run from DOS to re Make the
help files. Simply go out to DOS and type "INSTALL".
F3: (Function Key) This will delete all the filenames on a disk
You will be asked to type in the number of the disk you wish
to erase from the file. If it is found, it will list the
filenames with an "*" in front of them. Like deleting a single
record, Deletion of a disk in the file is a two part process.
You should after deleting, press the DELete key to PACK the
file i.e. get rid of the records forever. If you change your
mind, press F3 again and it will give you the chance to UNDelete
the disk. This is handy if you change many files on a disk and
it would be easier to reRead it in than to change each filename
from the keyboard.
F4: (Function Key) See how much room is left on a disk. Enter the
Disk Number and the system will show you how much space is taken
up by files and an approximate estimate of how much space is left
F5: (Function Key) Search the file. You press this key and it gives
you the choice of searching under the Filename, Disk Number
or File Extension . Just type the search word in the
space beside what you want to search under and press F2.
You can type in the entire word or the first part of a word
and the system will find it for you or bring you right after
where the filename or disk number or extension WOULD be
if it were in the file. If it brings you to a super
weird place, it might be time to PACK the file (which renews the
indexes. If you need to make NEW indexes, just go out to DOS and
DELETE all the files with an "NTX" extension to force the system
to make NEW index files. DO NOT, under any circumstances, DELETE
files with a "DBF" extension as these are your DATA files.
F6: (Function Key) Toggle "CONFIRM". If "confirm" is on, then you
have to press [return] to exit inputing information into a field.
If it is OFF, then when you come to the end of the field, the
cursor will jump out. It is faster when "CONFIRM" is off but some
people feel more comfortable when it is on.
F7: (Function Key) Print out the filenames on one disk. This
prints all the filenames on the disk you specify. Handy for
seeing what all is on one disk and also comparing times and
dates of files.
F10: (Function Key) Prints the entire file. It will be printed in
alphabetical order by filename. Make sure your printer in "ON
LINE" and has enough paper in it.
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