Contents of the S.DOC file
S.COM -- a small, fast MS-DOS shell, version 1.3, 3 Jan, 1992.
Thanks for downloading S! S is an enhanced replacement for several DOS
commands, including DIR, DEL, COPY, and REN. When run, it displays all files
in a directory matching the filespec given on the command line (if S is run
without any arguments, it displays all files in the current directory). You
may then edit, run or rename a single file, copy, move or delete multiple
files, sort the files by name, extension or date, or change the drive,
directory or filespec.
Using the cursor keys (up, down, right and left arrows and PgUp and PgDn), move
the inverse video bar to the desired file name. Information regarding the
highlighted file is shown on the top status line, including file size, date,
time, and attributes, current directory and filespec, and the the total of
sizes of all files displayed. If the filespec includes the name of another
directory or drive, the current directory will be different from the one
displayed. Then press the following keys for these actions:
Enter: If the directory entry has an extension of .COM, .EXE or .BAT, run it.
it is a directory, go to it. Pressing Enter when '..' is highlighted moves
you up to the parent directory from a subdirectory. Pressing Enter at '.'
makes the directory of the current filespec the default directory.
CTRL Enter: Like Enter, but prompts the user for command line arguments to
pass to the program to be run.
R: Rename the highlighted file or directory.
E: Edit or view the highlighted file. S is set up to use my editor E for this
purpose. If you prefer not to use E, use debug to look for the string '\C
E' and overwrite E and as many of the following nulls as necessary with the
name of your preferred editor (the string must end with a null).
T: Tag the highlighted file to indicate that it is to be acted on by Copy,
Move or Delete. If it is already tagged, untag it.
C: Copy the tagged files to another directory and/or drive (you will be
prompted for the destination path).
M: Move the tagged files to another directory and/or drive.
D: Delete the tagged files.
F: Prompt user for a new filespec. If you just press Enter at the prompt,
'*.*' will be used. The new filespec may include a path, allowing you to
inspect another directory or drive without changing the default drive.
V: Switch to a different drive.
S: Sort the current list of files. You will be asked whether you want to sort
by Name, Extension or Date.
F1: Show a summary of available commands at the top of the screen.
F2: Shell to DOS.
Esc: Exit back to DOS.
S is copyrighted but you are hereby granted a limited license to use it free of
charge. While I am not aware of any bugs, I make no guarantees about its
trustworthiness, so use it at your own risk. Feel free to share it with
others. I only ask that you distribute these files together and unchanged and
charge nothing for them (a distribution fee of up to $5 is allowed). I'd
appreciate hearing about any bugs, and welcome any other comments. To contact
me, leave mail to dnye on BIX or write me at the address below. Please enclose
a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you write and want a reply.
David Nye MD
4209 W Lowe's Creek Rd.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
BIX name: dnye
1.1: Display is now vertically rather than horizontally arranged. Sort,
Execute with Command Tail, Shell to DOS, New Drive commands added.
1.2: Displays total bytes of displayed files on status line. Bug fix.
1.3: Rename and Move will no longer fail if file of same name already exists
in target directory (earlier copy is deleted). Change to different drive
resets filespec to default. Cursor moves into view during commands so system
messages are not lost.
1.4: Bug fix.