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ZIP - Integrated File Handler Package - Version 0.90
An All-purpose Directory Utility and Command Shell for
the IBM Personal Computer & Close Compatibles

By Edward V. Dong
November 21, 1987

Copyright (c) 1985,1986,1987 by Edward V. Dong.
All rights reserved.

This part talks about the different supplementary ZIP files:

(1) MEMOPAD.ZIP - Reminder file
(2) AUTOMENU.ZIP - AutoMenu file
(3) CONFIG.ZIP - ZIP alternate commands file
(4) 2400.ZIP,1200.ZIP,300.ZIP
- ZIP autodialing files
(5) RESET.ZIP - ZIP modem reset file
(6) HANGUP.ZIP - ZIP modem hangup file
(7) ANSWER.ZIP - ZIP modem autoanswer file
(8) WHATIS.ZIP - ZIP autocataloging file


On ZIP bootup, if you don't use the "Q" option on startup, ZIP
displays a calendar and a portion of your MEMOPAD.ZIP. This file
con- tains any reminders, by date, up to 30 days in advance. You
can use any editor (including ZIP's) to create or change it:

- Must be called MEMOPAD.ZIP.

- Each line must start with mm/dd/yy (i.e., date), followed by
desired text. Only the first 30 chars will be shown.

- All dates (earlier than the current date), will be constantly

Normally the maintenance you want to do, is: (1) add new
reminders;(2) delete obsolete reminders; and (3) change dates as
the schedule of events change. That's all there is to it.


On ZIP bootup, if you don't use the "Q" option on startup, ZIP
displays a calendar and a portion of your AUTOMENU.ZIP. This
file con- tains any number of commands which will be correlated
to function keys F1 through F9, with F10 reserved to "go to ZIP".
By using PgUp and PgDn, you can scroll through the command list.
You can use any editor (including ZIP's) to create or change it:

- Must be called AUTOMENU.ZIP.

- Each line must be divided in at least two parts:


where TITLE is the short title actually displayed on menu
COMMAND is the DOS-executable command or batch file
COMMENT is an optional comment on the line

- COMMAND and COMMENT aren't displayed.


The Alternate Commands are identified in a file called
CONFIG.ZIP. ZIP reads in this file one time only, at bootup. An
example file:

a ziparc.exe; This is ZIP's version of the ARC program
e eded.exe ; This is a small editor
v ; V. Buerg's List program
u ; All Purpose Unsqueezer
p ; A neat print utility from PC Magazine
t mini/2 ; T. Jenning's Minitel comm program

If the Alternate Command Set were active, and a V was entered on
ZIP's command line, ZIP would invoke a copy of COMMAND.COM and
call V. Buerg's LIST.COM browse utility rather than ZIP's
internal view utility.

The advantage is that you can use utilities with which you're
familiar, that might have some advantages over ZIP's internal
set. The disadvantage is you need more RAM, more disk space, and
you lose some speed.

The CONFIG.ZIP file is an ASCII file and can be edited by just
about anything which will write in ASCII output. The entries in
CONFIG.ZIP are NOT case sensitive. The semi-colon is used to
start a remark line. The first column MUST contain the letter of
the ZIP command to be replaced; the second column MUST be blank.
The maximum length of the line is 78 characters.

The Help screen (via pressing ?) will display the current
alternate command set, if one is active. Using the ? command,
is useful for determining if the alternate command set is active.

4. 2400.ZIP,1200.ZIP,300.ZIP - RESET.ZIP - HANGUP.ZIP -

These files are invoked when you're in ZIP's terminal or telecom-
munications mode. They are similar, and allow you to do
automatic commands if you have a smart modem. The most common
"smart" modem is the Hayes type. The principle is basically to
send a text file (one line only) to the modem, filtering out
LINEFEEDs. Thus, you can use any text editor or ZIP's, to build
these files.

ZIP will look for files of the following names:
ANSWER.ZIP -- set up autoanswer
HANGUP.ZIP -- hang up phone
RESET.ZIP -- reset modem to defaults (kills autoanswer)
2400.ZIP -- 2400-bps dialing directory
1200.ZIP -- 1200-bps dialing directory
300.ZIP -- 300-bps dialing directory

The end of the string to be sent to the modem is signaled to ZIP
by the use of a semicolon (;). The semicolon can then be used to
start in-line comments. ZIP will ignore lines starting with a
semicolon, thus allowing whole-line comments as desired. These
files must be on the current directory/drive or the current path.

The dialing directories (300.ZIP, 1200.ZIP, 2400.ZIP) are con-
structed by inserting your modem's dialing command, followed by
an op- tional comment, for each line. To allow for aborting
dialing, simply insert a line that BEGINS with a semi-colon;
this effectively causes nothing to be sent to your modem. There
is no difference in the dial- ing directories, except that the
NAME indicates the SPEED of your modem.

The other terminal communications files contain whatever commands
your modem needs, to do autoanswer (ANSWER.ZIP), hangup
(HANGUP.ZIP), or modem-reset (RESET.ZIP).


Pressing ALT-I gives you an autocataloging function. ZIP either
accesses or creates a file called WHATIS.ZIP in your root
directory. You can add to it, update it, or print it. However,
each line is precisely 78 characters wide, with embedded blanks
to make them that length; and all entries are precisely sorted
in alphanumerical order. What that means is that if you alter
them, you need to keep them in strict alphanumerical order; and
you need to keep the same number of characters per line.

The first line provides labelling for columns, and includes the
disk or volume name or label, as reported on the disk.

The only maintenance (if you really have to) is to EDIT the file,
if you later create or change the volume label. In a future
release, ZIP will automatically update the entire file, showing
the "new" volume label, current used and free disk space, and
optionally ALL files.