Path Miser Shell V 1.50d by Jerry Rebold and Howard Flank
This DOS shell and editor was inspired by an early, now public-domain version
of a popular program. While commercial shells like PC-Tools, Xtree and
Norton Commander have burgeoned into disk gobbling behemoths, this one is
short, written in assembler, and quick. You can use it from programs that
can call other programs or "shell" to DOS, such as ProComm, AutoCAD and (yes)
Windows. It is in daily use by its writers, so it probably has no really
It is both for techies who can't type and want a known shell/editor when
working on a strange machine and also for the novice who needs something
easy to use for looking at directories and editing .BAT files.
Just run PMS to see what it does. The Lotus-style menus show shortcut keys and
hints on the prompt line. No command line options are required.
If you save your setup, it is written into the PMS.COM file. No other files
are needed - you can just run PMS.COM from a floppy on someone else's machine
(though it runs faster if you make a temporary directory for it and your
utilities and menu).
PMS.ICO is a Windows icon that can be installed to use PMS from Windows.
Your menu file, PMS.MNU, must be in the same directory as PMS.COM.
It is ASCII text. The sample menus PMS_SMPL.MNU and PMS_MIN.MNU contain
The Editor works like a low class word processor. It will not stick odd
control characters in the file.
In the Editor, you can point to a file and have its full D:\PATH\NAME.EXT
inserted in your text.
You can create a custom Application Menu by using the Editor to create a
PMS.MNU file, for point-&-shoot operation.
File Print takes a 'Number of Copies', for labels, etc., and or the
right mouse button will stop printing immediately.
Command-to-DOS retains three lines of DOS commands.
Displays and edits hidden files without un-hiding them.
Can copy files to the Root Directory on another Drive without waiting to
Remembers the last File position when you change back to a drive, and when
you have just copied a file to a drive.
File Bak copies a file to .BAK, or an optional d:\path\name.
You can escape from most "hung" programs using / ,
which also instantly stops a printer on LPT 1 - 3.
Can pre-position to a file or directory specified on the command line
Now takes mouse input.
PMS lacks fancy features such as encryption, brief menus, activity log, help
screens, etc. PMS also does not release all its memory when it runs a program,
but that hardly matters for a program this short (especially with a '386+ and
QEMM, etc, to load your TSR's above 640K).
PMS cannot be loaded 'high' by QEMM or DOS 5+.
NOTATION IN THIS FILE
Key combinations: means hold down and press .
The names of menu items are in square brackets; [Option] [User] [Novice] means
select [Option] from the main menu, then [User] from the Option menu, and
You can also press just the first letter: , or click the left mouse
button on the item.
If the optional drive, path, and/or filename.ext are included, PMS will
initially position its highligh bar there.
If the file does not exist, the highligh bar will be on the root directory
(or the last directory in the path that does exist).
HOW TO USE MENUS
The prompt line (just under the menu line) describes the highlighted item and
shows shortcuts and hints. Highlight an item with the Left and Right
arrow keys, then hit . Or, hit the first capital letter (actually the
first non-lower case character) in its name. Or, click the left mouse button
on the item. returns to a previous menu.
Input Window Keys
, arrow keys move the cursor one character.
/ move the cursor to the Beginning/End of the line.
Erases the character to the left of the cursor.
Erases the character under the cursor.
Deletes the entire line.
Executes the input.
Ends text input and returns to a previous menu, saving your input.
/ moves up or down one line in [Cmd-to-DOS].
Directory List Movement Keys
/ moves the list up or down one line.
returns the hightlight bar to the root directory.
moves the highlight bar to last line.
/ moves up or down nine lines.