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ÿÿ FREEWARE NOTICE
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ÿÿ LZEXE-WC is FREEWARE software. Both the Programs and the
ÿÿ documentation are Copyrighted. I am, hereby, granting users
ÿÿ a limited license to use my product for noncommercial
ÿÿ purposes. Distributors may distribute my product only in its
ÿÿ unaltered and original program state, and for a fee of no
ÿÿ more than three ($3.00) dollars. This Product may be
ÿÿ distributed as a separate compress file, along with other
ÿÿ LZEXE related programs or even LZEXE, itself.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ THIS PRODUCT WILL NOT WORK WITHOUT LZEXE.EXE WHICH IS NOT
ÿÿ INCLUDED. Furthermore, LZEXE and the other executable program
ÿÿ choices must be located in your path or this product will not
ÿÿ work.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ ANY tampering with my Copyright Notice will render LZEXE-WC
ÿÿ inoperable.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ WARNING
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ÿÿ
ÿÿ DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT WITHOUT FIRST BACKING UP
ÿÿ YOUR HARD DISK! A copy of all original programs
ÿÿ must be available so that you may replace those few
ÿÿ programs which the LZEXE program may render
ÿÿ nonfunctional. It is a certainty that a few
ÿÿ programs converted by LZEXE will need to be
ÿÿ replaced. Check the LZEXE Documentation (not
ÿÿ included with this product) for further details.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ It is, further, recommended that your backup copy
ÿÿ be in an executable format (ie, not created with
ÿÿ DOS's BACKUP).
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ÿÿ WHY USE THIS PRODUCT?
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ÿÿ In case you do not know, LZEXE is a file compression utility
ÿÿ that compresses COM and EXE program files. The programs
ÿÿ maintain their separate identity. In addition, they remain
ÿÿ executable. You can realize a substantial space savings of
ÿÿ somewhere between 30 and 60 percent of the original program
ÿÿ size.
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ÿÿ FREEWARE by John H Gohde
ÿÿ (C) Copyrighted 1990, All Rights Reserved
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ÿÿ The intelligence that created LZEXE is truly mind boggling.
ÿÿ It does what appears to be the impossible. Yet, it also
ÿÿ contains some idiosyncrasies that make it rather difficult to
ÿÿ use:
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ÿÿ (1)No Wild Cards
ÿÿ (2)The Newly created files have the wrong Date and
ÿÿ Time Stamps.
ÿÿ (3)The old files are not deleted.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ These idiosyncrasies of LZEXE make converting an entire Hard
ÿÿ Disk a very time consuming process. Here, is where LZEXE-WC
ÿÿ comes to the rescue!
ÿÿ
ÿÿ LZEXE-WC will allow you to use Wild Cards. You can convert
ÿÿ an entire directory in one shot. With the /D option you can
ÿÿ have the original files automatically deleted, too. The /S
ÿÿ option allows you to skip programs smaller than your byte
ÿÿ size specification. And, the /F option allows you to skip
ÿÿ over files listed in a text file. These programs work much
ÿÿ like XCOPY with the /M parameter. You can convert your hard
ÿÿ disk several times without any problems. The programs
ÿÿ already converted will simply be rejected from further
ÿÿ processing.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ LZEXE-WC works by feeding files to a program of your choice.
ÿÿ You can select ALL, LZESHELL, LZEXE, UPACKEXE, or COMTOEXE.
ÿÿ Selecting ALL causes LZEXE-WC to execute UPACKEXE, COMTOEXE,
ÿÿ and LZEXE in sequence.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ Remember that LZEXE and LZESHELL will prompt you with
ÿÿ opposite questions. LZEXE will ask you if you want to stop
ÿÿ (in French, of course). You should respond with N for NON
ÿÿ (ie, skip) or with O for OUI (ie, YES). On the other hand,
ÿÿ LZESHELL will ask if you want to continue. Respond with Y to
ÿÿ continue and N to skip. In addition, LZESHELL will respond
ÿÿ immediately to your key press (ie, no mistakes allowed!!!)
ÿÿ while LZEXE will wait for you to press [Enter] (ie, you can
ÿÿ change your mind).
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ÿÿ Using ALL will result in longer processing times but with
ÿÿ fewer operator prompts while using LZESHELL will require a
ÿÿ lot more operator attention. In addition, LZESHELL does not
ÿÿ convert .COM files. So if you plan to use LZESHELL you
ÿÿ should run COMTOEXE, first.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ The approach advocated by my product is to convert all your
ÿÿ programs by computer control while skipping those that do not
ÿÿ meet your selection criteria. Then as problems are
ÿÿ discovered (ie, the discovery that an executed program does
ÿÿ not work properly), the respective programs are replaced as
ÿÿ needed. The author feels that this concept makes more sense
ÿÿ than to convert and test individually each converted
ÿÿ program, especially when you are talking about several
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ÿÿ FREEWARE by John H Gohde
ÿÿ (C) Copyrighted 1990, All Rights Reserved
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ÿÿ hundred PD programs and over a MEG of disk space savings!!!.
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ÿÿ SAFEGUARDS
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ÿÿ Using LZEXE is a relatively dangerous process that that
ÿÿ should be undertaken carefully by all users of LZEXE-WC. You
ÿÿ should study the LZEXE documentation before proceeding. For
ÿÿ your safety, LZEXE-WC contains several built in safeguards
ÿÿ that makes the use of Wild Cards with LZEXE practical.
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ÿÿ (1)File Size
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ÿÿ Files can be skipped over on the basis of size.
ÿÿ For example, specifying /S:20480 will skip all
ÿÿ files less than 20K in size. Generally speaking,
ÿÿ small files might take up more space after being
ÿÿ converted than the original copy (ie, those less
ÿÿ than 2K).
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ÿÿ (2)Skip List
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ÿÿ You can skip all potential problem File Names by
ÿÿ listing them specifically and correctly in a text
ÿÿ file. For example, specifying /F:SKIP will cause
ÿÿ all file names contained in SKIP to be ignored by
ÿÿ LZEXE-WC.
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ÿÿ Intelligent use of SKIP Files can make converting
ÿÿ an entire disk relatively safe and automatic.
ÿÿ Before, doing any processing you should build a
ÿÿ skip list by surveying your hard disk. Suggested
ÿÿ guidelines for including files in your skip list
ÿÿ are as follows:
ÿÿ
ÿÿ (a)Any program that uses Overlays.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ (b)The Main Program of Each commercial
ÿÿ program costing over $200. These
ÿÿ programs usually include exotic
ÿÿ protection schemes in their main program.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ (c)Any program which installs options by
ÿÿ changing the program itself such as Turbo
ÿÿ Pascal. If you are happy with the current
ÿÿ setup than you might want to convert them,
ÿÿ too. There exclusion is more a matter of
ÿÿ convenience, rather than any safety factor.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ (d)Any program that is too important to
ÿÿ take chances with.
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ÿÿ (C) Copyrighted 1990, All Rights Reserved
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ÿÿ (e)Any known list of problem programs.
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ÿÿ I have provided for skipping a maximum of 500 files
ÿÿ names. That should be more than enough; since the
ÿÿ attached list only contains a handful of programs
ÿÿ to be avoided.
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ÿÿ (3)One Directory At a Time
ÿÿ
ÿÿ My product forces you to process one directory of
ÿÿ files at a time. Generally, the only programs that
ÿÿ do not covert successfully are those super big
ÿÿ commercial programs. These big programs use
ÿÿ Overlays and should be therefore avoided. You can
ÿÿ avoid problems simply by skipping over directories
ÿÿ containing those big commercial programs. Also,
ÿÿ those commercial programs which use exotic copy
ÿÿ protection schemes, generally are not converted
ÿÿ successfully. However, you will find in most cases
ÿÿ that this problem will only apply to the main
ÿÿ program. For example, while Lotus 1-2-3 can not be
ÿÿ converted successfully; both View and PGraph
ÿÿ convert with no problems. You can skip over these
ÿÿ problem programs by including their exact file name
ÿÿ in your SKIP file.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ Most PD programs are not complicated enough to
ÿÿ cause any conversion problems. So, if you have
ÿÿ directories containing 100's of PD programs, then
ÿÿ you will realize a big time shavings using
ÿÿ wildcards with relatively little risk. Just
ÿÿ imagine how long it would take to convert just 100
ÿÿ utilities; one at a time!
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ÿÿ (4)Inadequate Disk Space
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ÿÿ LZEXE-WC will refuse to continue if there is not
ÿÿ enough free disk space, equal to the target file
ÿÿ size plus 5K.
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ÿÿ (5)I/O Error Trapping
ÿÿ
ÿÿ This product will not bomb out on you because all
ÿÿ unexpected I/O errors are trapped with my own exit
ÿÿ routine. This means that the program will properly
ÿÿ exit and in most cases will provide an error
ÿÿ message in plain ENGLISH. For example, defective
ÿÿ Hard Disks will be caught here. (However, I can
ÿÿ not say the same for the LZEXE programs. These
ÿÿ programs operate out of my control.)
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ÿÿ (C) Copyrighted 1990, All Rights Reserved
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ÿÿ (6)Command.Com
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ÿÿ My product will not convert COMMAND.COM.
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ÿÿ (7)Default Log File
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ÿÿ You can see exactly which files where processed,
ÿÿ etc via the automatic Log file recorded by default
ÿÿ in your root directory. It is appended, so you can
ÿÿ see the results of processing an entire Hard disk,
ÿÿ even if you take several weeks to complete the job.
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ÿÿ COMMAND LINE SUMMARY
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ÿÿ Usage: LZEXE-WC FileSpec PgmName /E [options]
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ÿÿ Example: LZEXE-WC * ALL /E /D /F:SKIP
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ÿÿ FILE SPECIFICATIONS:
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ÿÿ The usual DOS specifications hold with
ÿÿ the exception that the Extension is forced to
ÿÿ either .EXE or .COM depending on which PgmName you
ÿÿ specify. In addition you may use just a * which
ÿÿ equates to either or both *.COM and *.EXE.
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ÿÿ PROGRAM NAME:
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ÿÿ My product will feed program files to UPACKEXE,
ÿÿ COMTOEXE, LZEXE, or LZESHELL. If you specify ALL
ÿÿ then LZEXE-WC program will first run UPACKEXE, then
ÿÿ COMTOEXE, and then finally LZEXE. The output of
ÿÿ these programs may be redirected at the command
ÿÿ line with > or >> (Note, however, that the current
ÿÿ version of LZEXE can not be redirected.)
ÿÿ
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ÿÿ /E
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ÿÿ Causes LZEXE-WC to execute. This is a safeguard to
ÿÿ prevent accidental execution.
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ÿÿ OPTIONS:
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ÿÿ /D Deletes the original programs. The default
ÿÿ keeps the old files. The program will only delete
ÿÿ where a file was converted. You must use this
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ÿÿ option if you have extremely limited disk space.
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ÿÿ /F:s Skips all file names included in the
ÿÿ textfile called s.
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ÿÿ The required format of the skip file is as follows:
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ÿÿ (a)text file
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ÿÿ (b)first 12 digits are reserved for the
ÿÿ file name. The file name consists only
ÿÿ of the name and extension (No drives or
ÿÿ paths). No spaces are allowed within a
ÿÿ file name. The period is required.
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ÿÿ (c)comments are allowed provided at least
ÿÿ one digit of space separates the file
ÿÿ name from the comment.
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ÿÿ (d)no leading spaces are allowed.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ (e)the file MUST be SORTed in ascending
ÿÿ order.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ This can be achieved by using the DOS
ÿÿ SORT utility as follows:
ÿÿ
ÿÿ SORT < textin > SKIP
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ÿÿ (f)only one file name per line.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ (g)blank lines are tolerated.
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ÿÿ (h)maximum of 500 files names per file.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ (i)You may use as many different SKIP
ÿÿ files as you want, but you can only use
ÿÿ one SKIP file at a time.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ /L:s Where s is name of Log File.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ Use CON to see the Log output on your screen. Use
ÿÿ NUL to specify no log. A default Log is appended
ÿÿ to the root directory under the name LZEXE-WC.LOG.
ÿÿ To change this default setting you must use this
ÿÿ parameter.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ /S:n Processes only those files over n bytes in
ÿÿ size. The default size is 2048. If you want to
ÿÿ convert all files then you must specify /S:1.
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ÿÿ FREEWARE by John H Gohde
ÿÿ (C) Copyrighted 1990, All Rights Reserved
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ÿÿ SAMPLE CONFIGURATIONS
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ÿÿ LZEXE-WC * LZEXE /E
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ÿÿ Converts those EXE files over 2K in size in the
ÿÿ current directory.
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ÿÿ LZEXE-WC * COMTOEXE /E
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ÿÿ Converts those COM files over 2K in size in the
ÿÿ current directory.
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ÿÿ LZEXE-WC * LZESHELL /E /D
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ÿÿ Converts those EXE files over 2K in size in the
ÿÿ current directory indirectly via LZESHELL. The old
ÿÿ converted programs are deleted.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ LZEXE-WC * LZEXE /E /S:20480
ÿÿ
ÿÿ Converts only those EXE files in the current
ÿÿ directory that are bigger than 20K.
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ÿÿ LZEXE-WC * COMTOEXE /E /D >LOG
ÿÿ
ÿÿ Converts those COM files over 2K in size in the
ÿÿ current directory and produces a text LOG file of
ÿÿ the COMTOEXE output. The old converted programs
ÿÿ are deleted.
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ÿÿ SWEEP LZEXE-WC * ALL /D /E /F:C:\SKIP
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ÿÿ If you have carefully developed a SKIP file then
ÿÿ you can use this command to convert your entire
ÿÿ Hard Disk with relative safety; using PC's
ÿÿ Magazines SWEEP command (not included with this
ÿÿ product).
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ÿÿ GRAPHICS
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ÿÿ You maybe wondering why there is no graphics in LZEXE-WC.
ÿÿ Believe it or not, the lack of graphics does not prevent a
ÿÿ good program from becoming a commercial success. One good
ÿÿ example of a successful commercial program containing no
ÿÿ graphics is Right Writer version 2.1A by RightSoft, Inc.
ÿÿ Right Writer is being advertised and sold nationally. It is
ÿÿ a success by anyone's standards (and certainly mine), even
ÿÿ without graphics!
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ÿÿ All of my preliminary versions of ShareWare and RegisterWare
ÿÿ products do not contain any graphics. Good Graphics require
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ÿÿ a lot of extra work. If interest is shown in any of my
ÿÿ ShareWare, as evidenced by product registration then and only
ÿÿ then, will I go to the trouble of adding a graphics
ÿÿ interface.
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ÿÿ None of my FreeWare products will ever contain graphics.
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ÿÿ DISCLAIMER
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ÿÿ LZEXE-WC is provided "AS IS" and without warranty of any
ÿÿ kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited
ÿÿ to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for
ÿÿ a particular purpose.
ÿÿ
ÿÿ WARNING: It is a certainty that a certain percentage of the
ÿÿ converted programs will no longer function properly; as
ÿÿ stated in the LZEXE documentation. Therefore, it is
ÿÿ essential that you have at least one backup copy on diskette
ÿÿ of all your programs before converting a directory with this
ÿÿ product.
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ÿÿ The entire risk as to the quality and performance of my
ÿÿ product and your ability or inability to use this product
ÿÿ rests entirely with YOU!
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ÿÿ FEEDBACK
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ÿÿ The author may be reached by private EMAIL at The Blue Ridge
ÿÿ Express at:
ÿÿ
ÿÿ (804) 790-1675 (Data Phone)
ÿÿ 300/1200/2400 BAUD
ÿÿ N,8,1
ÿÿ Operating with 20+ Nodes
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ÿÿ By Mail you can reach him at:
ÿÿ
ÿÿ John H Gohde
ÿÿ LZEXE-WC
ÿÿ P O BOX 17581
ÿÿ RICHMOND, VA 23226-7581
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ÿÿ VERSION 1.0F
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ÿÿ (1)works with LZEXE version 0.90.
ÿÿ (2)Processes file names containing dashes.
ÿÿ (3)/D Parameter automatically deletes the old
ÿÿ files.
ÿÿ (4)Corrects the time and date stamps.
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ÿÿ VERSION 1.1F
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ÿÿ (1)works with either LZEXE version 0.90 or 0.91.
ÿÿ (2)works with LZEXE, LZESHELL, UPACKEXE, or
ÿÿ COMTOEXE.
ÿÿ (3)/S Parameter to skip over files on the basis of
ÿÿ size.
ÿÿ (4)/L Parameter to provide for NAMING your Log
ÿÿ file.
ÿÿ (5)/F Parameter to provide for the skipping of
ÿÿ files names.
ÿÿ (6)I/O error trapping exit routine.
ÿÿ (7)Checks for free space before each file is passed
ÿÿ for conversion.
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