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Last Access File Tracking System v1.0!
Never wonder again when a file was last
used or by what program. Last Access
is a tiny TSR which "watches" all file
accesses. Then, you can view the Last
Access Date and Program by using the
companion viewer, LDIR. Free up Megs
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L A S T A C C E S S

File Access Monitor

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AND
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L A S T A C C E S S D I R E C T O R Y


Directory Utility for Last Access


By Patri-Soft


(tm)
MEMBER

Association of
Shareware
Professionals



5225 Canyon Crest Dr.
Suite 71-358
Riverside, CA 92507

(909) 352-2820 (Voice)
(909) 352-2825 (Data)
(909) 352-1527 (Fax)

August, 1993


Copyright 1993 by Patri-Soft


Table of Contents


OVERVIEW......................................................... 1
HOW TO USE LAST ACCESS........................................... 3
COMPATIBILITY................................................. 3
LAST ACCESS OPTIONS........................................... 3
DISABLING LAST ACCESS......................................... 4
LAST ACCESS DIRECTORY............................................ 4
LDIR USAGE.................................................... 5
LDIR COMMANDS................................................. 5
EXAMPLE OF COMMAND USAGE................................... 6
LIST OF LDIR COMMANDS...................................... 6
/A ACCESSED FILES...................................... 6
/D: DATE SELECT......................................... 6
/LC DISPLAY BYTES NOT USED IN X NUMBER OF DAYS......... 7
/LD LAST ACCESS DATE................................... 7
/LP LAST PROGRAM NAME.................................. 7
/ND NO DIRECTORIES..................................... 7
/NH NO HEADER.......................................... 7
/NS NO STATISTICS..................................... 7
/O OMIT FILES......................................... 8
/ON ONLY NAMES........................................ 8
/OS ONLY STATISTICS.................................. 8
/P PAUSE DISPLAY..................................... 8
/PX PROGRAM EXCLUDE.................................. 8
/S SEARCH THE SYSTEM................................. 9
/SZ SELECT FILES BY SIZE.............................. 9
TECHNICAL SUPPORT................................................ 9
TO CONTACT US:................................................ 9
REGISTERING WITH PATRI-SOFT...................................... 10


























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OVERVIEW

Is your hard drive becomeing dangerously close to being full? Have you
run DoubleSpace or Stacker only to realize that you are still going to
run out of room? Wouldn't it be nice if you had a utility that would
allow you to move or delete inactive files to floppies - files that you
don't even use? You could truly manage your hard drive space
efficiently.

Well, such a program does exist! It is the new Last Access from
Patri-Soft. Last Access is a TSR that checks for any and all accesses
to a file. If the file has never been viewed, altered, or run, then you
monitor and optionally remove that file.

Use Last Access in conjunction with LDIR - Last Access Directory, you
can find these files quickly and easily. What makes Last Access even
better is that it works with Patri-Soft's PCOPY to copy move or delete
the files that you have found with Last Access. Future plans include
upgrading Stowaway, Patri-Soft's off-line storage utility, to work with
Last Access.


Last Access not only keeps track of the last time a file was accessed,
but by what program as well. An ACCESS occurs anytime you edit, change,
or even view a file.

Last Access remains in memory, "watching" these accesses, and marks them
in the DOS directory. To determine when files were last accessed,
Patri-Soft has provided a special directory utility that you can use
instead of DOS' DIR. This directory utility will provide you with all
the information that DOS DIR provides you with, in addition to the last
access date and program.


FOR EXAMPLE:
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Imagine having a full hard drive. You want to get rid of some files
that are unused, but have no way of knowing when the files were last
used, and by what program. So, you type:

C:\WP\FILES> DIR

and you get:

Volume in drive C is MS-DOS
Volume Serial Number is 1A7F-7458
Directory of C:\WP\FILES



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. 10-02-92 3:54p
.. 10-02-92 3:54p
AMEND FAX 11481 10-28-89 11:03p
FOSTER LTR 3637 05-02-90 10:53p
BIKE TRP 4356 11-16-89 10:28a
ETC...

You still have no idea as to what files you can get rid of, and what
files you need to keep. Imagine being able to type:

C:\WP\FILES> LDIR

and you get:

Last Access Directory v1.0
Volume in drive C is MS-DOS
Directory of C:\WP\FILES

. 10-02-92 3:54p
.. 10-02-92 3:54p
AMEND FAX 11481 07-28-93 11:03p 12-31-92 BITFAX 18 days
FOSTER LTR 3637 05-02-90 10:53p 05-02-90 WP 109 days
BIKE TRP 4356 11-16-89 10:28a 06-25-93 EXPRESS 456 days
ETC... ^ ^
last date last program


Now you know exactly when you last used any file on your entire system.
Imagine the megabytes of disk space that can be freed with this
knowledge!

If you don't use any given file/program for a period of 30 days, chances
are you are not going to use it at all. Run the Last Access TSR for 30
days and you can then start getting rid of all those unused files.

Here are some of the uses of Last Access:

* Eliminate old files, such as letters, that are no
longer necessary.

* Some software packages include files that you do not
use. Last Access can help you get rid of those
unused portions of the software.

* Manage your office machines by knowing what was being
used, and when it was used.

* Use in conjuction with Patri-Softs Stowaway to move
unused files offline until needed.

The Last Access package includes both the Last Access File Monitor as
well as the Last Access Directory Scanner. Currently, only Patri-Soft's

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PCOPY supports Last Access Dates, but soon, the entire line of
Patri-Soft's programs will have Last Access Support. Patri-Soft is
offering this technology to other developers as well. Contact the
Patri-Soft office for details!


How to Use Last Access
----------------------

Last Access is loaded in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file when the computer is
first turned on. The Last Access TSR then occupies 4K of memory
"watching" all file accesses. To insert Last Access into the computer's
AUTOEXEC.BAT, edit AUTOEXEC.BAT and insert the Last Access command.
Example:

PROMPT $P$G <----- Existing already in AUTOEXEC.BAT
DOSKEY <-----------------------------------------
LACCESS <----- The Last Access command

After editing and saving the changes, reboot the machine. Last Access
will now be installed.

Compatibility
-------------

Last Access will work on IBM XT/AT clones and compatibles running DOS
version 3.3 and above. Last Access also functions under MicroSoft
Windows.

Last Access Options
-------------------

Last Access normally tracks all files accessed by all programs.
However, some applications may access a file that you don't want to be
marked as accessed.

For example, in managing a machine, you don't want to know if a file has
been accessed by a backup program, DOS COPY, a virus scanning program,
etc. These accesses are legitimate, but don't indicate true file usage.
Last Access can exclude certain programs by entering the program names
on the same line as LACCESS when installing in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file.
For example:

LACCESS COMMAND SCAN BACKUP PCOPY

This command will cause the Last Access Monitor to exclude monitoring
the files that COMMAND.COM, SCAN.EXE, BACKUP.EXE, and PCOPY.EXE access.
Therefore, only "legimate" file accesses will be tracked.

This list of excluded files can be changed at any time during a
computing session. Simply enter the command:


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LACCESS SCAN

and Last Access will exclude only SCAN.EXE. Then, to reinstall the
other excludes, enter the command:

LACCESS COMMAND SCAN BACKUP PCOPY.

You may enter the Last Access command in .BAT (Batch) files to
automatically perform these tasks for you. The exclude list of Last
Access can be changed as many times during a computing session as
needed.

DISABLING LAST ACCESS
---------------------

To temporarily disable Last Access, enter the command:

LACCESS *

Last Access will ignore all accesses made by all applications until
reactivated by typing:

LACCESS (with optional exclude specifications)


LAST ACCESS DIRECTORY
---------------------

As mentioned before, a Last Access directory utility is necessary to
view the last time files were accessed. This directory utility, Last
Access Directory (LDIR), displays the standard DOS directory
information, as well as the last time each file was accessed. To use
LDIR, simply type at the prompt:

C:> LDIR

Last Access Directory v1.0 Copyright 1993 by Patri-Soft
Volume of drive C is MS-DOS
Directory of C:\TC\

. 10-07-92 3:24p
. 10-07-92 3:24p
COMMON LST 135 07-08-93 11:38a 07-20-93 PCOPY (37 days)
MEGA DO 109 08-06-93 1:20p 08-06-93 Q (20 days)
PCOPY DSK 2846 08-26-93 11:33a 08-26-93 BC (Today)
TDCONFIG TD 672 01-07-93 4:56p
PDIR DSK 2071 08-26-93 2:07p 08-26-93 BC (Today)
PDEL LST 117 07-21-93 4:20p
STOW LST 4344 07-27-93 11:22a
MEGA LST 392 08-04-93 11:57a 08-04-93 Q (22 days)
DAN 2637 08-26-93 2:05p 08-26-93 PDEL (Today)

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10 file(s) 8,755 bytes
1 file(s) 135 bytes (3 percent) NOT used in last 30 days
53,002,240 bytes free

EXPLAINING THE DISPLAY:
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The first five columns are the same as the DOS DIR command, detailing
the file's name, size, date, and time. The remaining columns display
the Last Access information. These last three columns contain the Last
Access date, program, and number of days since the last access.

The statistics at the bottom of the display contain the total number of
files in the directory, and the number of files and bytes that have been
UNUSED in the last 30 days.

Remember, if the program to last access a file is undesirable (for
example, DOS COMMAND), simply include the program name on the command
line when loading the Last Access TSR (See the Last Access Options
section of this manual).


LDIR USAGE
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The proper syntax for using LDIR is:

LDIR

If a path or filename is left out of the command, LDIR will use the
current directory. However, you may specify an alternate path and/or
file pattern. Using wildcards (*, ?) in the filename is allowed, as
long as they conform to the DOS standard of using wildcards. This is
identical to the DOS DIR command. Examples of usage:

LDIR C:\BAT <===== See the files in the BAT directory
LDIR C:\BAT\AU*.BAT <===== See all files staring with AU in C:\BAT
LDIR <===== See the files in the current directory

At any time during LDIR's display, you may press a key to pause the
scrolling. It's that simple!


LDIR COMMANDS
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As stated before, a number of parameters can be used to alter LDIR's
operation. To use a switch, just add the switch to the end of the LDIR
command. Multiple switches can be used together.

NOTE: Commands may also be placed in the enviroment using the SET

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command. LDIR will get those commands and use them each time it is
executed. To set a parameter in the enviroment, simply type:

SET LDIR =



Example of Command Usage
------------------------

LDIR C:\BAT /P <=== See the files in C:\BAT and pause after
every screen
LDIR *.BAK /S <=== See all files ending with .BAK across the
entire drive.

LIST OF LDIR COMMANDS
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/A Accessed Files

Show only files marked with last access dates. Normally
LDIR includes accessed files together with unaccessed files.
This switch excludes files that have not been accessed.

/D: Date Select

Select files based on date or days.
Usage: LDIR /D: [(] [)] [=] [DATE]

The "(", ")", and the "=" are condition modifiers, which
specify if the date requested is LESS THAN, GREATER THAN, or
EQUAL TO the date specified.

When DATE contains a valid date, the date specified is
compared to the date of the file. The file is selected if the
condition specified by the condition modifier is met. The
condition modifier meanings are:

( File date is older than that specified. LESS THAN

) File date is newer than that specified. GREATER THAN

= File date is equal to that specified. EQUAL TO

If the condition modifier is not specified, ")" is assumed.
Date values may be specified in any of the following formats:

FORMAT: MM/DD/YY MM-DD-YY DDMMMYY
EXAMPLE: 12/31/80 12-31-80 31DEC80

If [DATE] contains a numeric value instead of a valid

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date, that number is the number of days old a file should be
in order to be displayed.

EXAMPLE RESULT
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PDIR /D:(10-24-92 Display files older than 10-24-92
PDIR /D:)4 Display files newer than 4 days old
PDIR /D:=09AUG93 Display all files dated August 9, 1993


/LC Display bytes not used in X number of days

Normally, LDIR gives the number of bytes that have not been
used in the last 30 days. If you would like to increase or
decrease the number of days that LDIR examines, use this
parameter as follows:

LDIR /LC:45 <=== Calculates number of files not used
in the last 45 days. Can be any
number from 0 to 32,000.

/LD Last Access Date

This parameter is identical in use to the /D parameter.
The difference is the /LD processes according to the Last
Access Date, and not the file date. Example:

LDIR /LD:=09AUG93 <=== View files accessed August 9


/LP Last Program Name

List files according to the program that last accessed a
given file. Displays only those files matching the
specified program name. Example:

LDIR /LP:WP <== Lists only files accessed by WP.EXE.



/ND No Directories

Suppress the display of directories in the file listing.

/NH No Header

Suppress display of the header, containing version
number and copyright notification.

/NS No Statistics.


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Suppress the display of the ending statistics,
containing number of files, bytes, etc.

/O Omit Files

LDIR may omit certain files from the directory listing.
These may be files that you do not want to view, such as
.EXE, .COM etc. To use, type: PDIR /O:[filespec].
Multiple file patterns may be used by seperating them by
a comma. Example:

LDIR /O:*.EXE <=== Does not display files ending
with .EXE
LDIR /O:*.EXE,*.COM <=== Does not display files
ending with .EXE or .COM

You may specify up to 200 characters of exclude
specifications.


/ON Only Names

To produce a listing which contains ONLY the filenames,
use the parameter. All other information, including
Last Access date, with be eliminated. However, all
selection criteria is still valid. This is designed to
allow for the generation of a list of filenames.
Programs like PCOPY can take advantage of a list of
filenames and perform action on them.

/OS Only Statistics

Instead of listing files and the directory statistics,
display only the directory statistics (number of files,
bytes, usage).


/P Pause Display

LDIR may display more information than can fit on one
screen. To pause the output every screen, append /P onto
the LDIR command. LDIR will pause for input every 25
lines.


/PX Program eXclude

LDIR can exclude listing files that have been accessed
by the specified program. Therefore, if you wish to
exclude all files that have been accessed by DOS, you
would enter on the command line:


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LDIR /PX:COMMAND

Up to 50 program names may be excluded from any give
command. To exclude multiple program names, enter:

LDIR /PX:COMMAND,WP,Q,etc...

/S Search the System

To scan the entire system for files, enter the command:

LDIR /S

LDIR will scan the entire hard disk for files matching
the desired file pattern. If no file pattern is
supplied, all files will be listed.

/SZ Select files by siZe

Usage: LDIR /SZ:[(] [)] nnn

Select a file based on its size. The ( indicates that
files less than the indicated size are to be selected.
The ) indicates to select files greater than the size.
If neither is specified, ( is assumed.



As stated before, any combination of parameters can be used as long as
they do not directly conflict with each other.

Technical Support
-----------------

Technical support is available by phone, FAX, mail, or CompuServe.
Limited technical support is offered to all users - extended technical
support is available only to registered users.

UNREGISTERED USERS: We want to help you in the case of technical
problems. Our object is to help you to get Last Access and LDIR
functioning properly and quickly. We regret that due to the number of
users that contact us for technical support, we may have to limit the
amount of time spent on your particular problem.

To Contact Us:
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Send letters to:
Patri-Soft
5225 Canyon Crest Dr.
Suite 71-358
Riverside CA, 92507

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FAX us at:
909-352-1527

Phone us at:

909-352-2820

Send us mail via CompuServe at:

76347,2477

All requests for assistance will be answered.

Registering with Patri-Soft
---------------------------

Please register your use of Last Access with Patri-Soft. Registering
includes:

-- Printed Manual
-- Exetended Technical Support
-- Free upgrades (via BBS) for one year
-- Registered version of Last Access (without 3 second random
delay and message) on diskette


Registration enables the continuing development of the Patri-Soft
software collection. Registration is $23 plus S/H. Please see the
ORDER.FRM file in this package for more information.



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