Contents of the README file
VLF/VLFX Version 3.20
VLF and its extended version VLFX comprise a very fast, comprehensive,
DOS command-line file search utility.
* VLF can search across directories and across drives.
* VLF finds hidden files and subdirectories automatically.
* VLF can display 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 files per line.
* VLF displays the day of the week corresponding to the file date and the
file attributes, in addition to the file name, size and date.
* VLF has on-line help.
* VLF sets the DOS ERRORLEVEL so you can use it in batch file searches.
* VLF displays the date and time in the format of your country
* VLF is small enough to be kept in a RAM disk, where it starts virtually
What is "extended" about VLFX?
The Extended Search Option looks into clusters of compressed files (those
with .ZIP and .ARC extensions) for matching files.
The Filtered Search Option screens files (even compressed files) by any
of the following characteristics, in any combination (AND, OR, NOT):
filename (by regular expression)
size (relative to a value or to another file's size)
date (relative to a certain date, TODAY or another file's date)
time (relative to a certain time, NOW or another file's time)
For example, you can display all files in the system with the extension "DBF"
or "WK1", NOT less than 200K bytes, AND either modified in the last week OR
not backed up.
The Expanded Display Option shows you the aggregate size of displayed
files (by each directory, by volume and in all volumes), the actual disk
allocation information of each file (you can see how fragmented they are), and
the space usage efficiency of those files. The date and time are in a format
that lets you sort by the timestamp.
The Look Option displays up to a full sector of data from the beginning
of the file, without opening the file.
This package contains the following files:
VLF320.COM - the small version of VLF
VLFX320.COM - the extended version of VLF
VLF3.MAN - the VLF user's manual
IOCTL.COM - a utility to display or set the I/O mode of system devices
SWITCH.COM - a utility to display or set the "switch character"
README. - this file
You can use the .COM programs as they are, or you can copy them to an
operating directory. All may be renamed. Use VLF and VLFX like DIR; you can
list all files in the current directory by typing
VLF or VLFX
You can quickly see the options available by typing
VLF/H or VLFX/H
The manual file may be printed on any standard 96-character printer. It
is set up for US standard 8.5" x 11" paper and assumes that the printer is not
set to add a top margin automatically.
All materials in this VLF package (VLFX, VLF, IOCTL, SWITCH and
associated documentation) are copyrighted and are not in the public domain.
You may use the package and copy and distribute the complete and unmodified
package for any non-commercial purpose (not at work), but you may not charge
for copies. THE VLF PACKAGE IS SUPPLIED AS IS AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES, EXPRESS
OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Your use of the VLF package means that you
agree that Software Appliances will not be liable to you for any incidental or
consequential damages arising out of your use of the package.
If you like VLFX and VLF and use them regularly, your contribution in any
amount would be very much appreciated. You may register your copy and receive
the next version of the VLF package for US $25.00. Comments are welcome.
Copyright (c) 1986,1987,1988,1989 by Software Appliances
All rights reserved
VLFX and VLF and associated documentation are the property of
Robin A. Reyes, dba Software Appliances
52 Bingham Avenue, Dedham, MA 02026 USA