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Contents of the PATCH.DOC file


BD/PATCH Release 1.0 Quick Documentation

OVERVIEW
========
BD/Patch is a versatile new utility from Breakthrough Designs for
viewing or editing files, and other file-like objects such as disk drives,
directories and memory. Patch supports various display formats to help
interpret the data being edited, but removes the usual restrictions on file
and disk manipulation usually imposed by DOS or applications programs. For
this reason it is both a powerful and useful tool, and a good way to mess
up data if you're not sure what you're doing. This program is a tool for
patching files and data; the intelligence for what you are accomplishing is
provided by you. WHENEVER POSSIBLE, ONLY PATCH A FILE FOR WHICH A BACKUP
EXISTS.
Patch is also a useful file or object viewer, to examine the structure
of files or other data without making changes, and provides a good tool for
seeing "what's inside" the data you examine.
This program was created to fill several utility needs, and while this
is the first commercial version of this program, it is the fifth major
revision of a program which has been used profitably and powerfully by a
number of people for over six years. Hopefully you will find BD/Patch a
useful utility for your work as well.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
====== ============
BD/Patch requires an IBM-compatible computer running MS-DOS or PC-DOS
version 2.0 or higher. Version 3.0 or higher is recommended. Patch
utilizes as much base memory as is available, but requires at least 220K of
free memory to operate. Any standard video display will work with Patch,
although Patch has certain optional features which require an EGA or higher
display. Also, Patch makes use of the extended keyboards (twelve function
keys across the top) if you have one (and your system supports it).

INSTALLATION
============
The programs and files of Patch all fit, uncompressed, on a single low-
density floppy disk, and require less than 300K if installed on a hard
disk. Simply copy the files from the Patch disk to a new floppy, or to a
hard disk subdirectory.
While the Patch files take up little space on a hard disk, you may
wish to eliminate some files if you are adding Patch to a "utilities" disk.
Only the PATCH.EXE file is required for operation. The following list
describes the other files on the Patch disk, and what they are for:
PATCH.HLP - the on-line help text. If removed, no help is available.
PATCH.PRF - these are your preferences, if you have set any. If you
remove this file, the factory defaults will be used.
*.FS - any .FS file adds file system drivers. If these are removed,
Patch will only have FILE, SUBDIR, LDRIVE and PDRIVE.
*.CTL - any .CTL file adds display format drivers. If these are re-
moved, Patch will only have HEX, TEXT, SUBDIR and LDRIVE.
*.PRN - any .PRN file adds printer drivers. If these are removed,
Patch will only have SIMPLE as a printer choice.
QUICKREF.TXT - this document.
README.TXT - quick description of the program and how to register.
PATCH.PIF, PATCH.ICO - these are used by Microsoft Windows for infor-
mation about this program, but are not required.

RUNNING PATCH
======= =====
To start the Patch program, if you are in the directory where the Patch
program is located, just type "patch" and press the ENTER key. Or, if you
have from one to four files you would like to patch directly from the DOS
prompt, type the names of these files after "patch," such as:
C:\PATCH>patch \mainmenu.mdf a:\sample.dat
If you want to patch a command from another file system, the format is the
same but the name is preceded by the file system and a colon, like this:
C:\PATCH>patch mem:286 subdir:a:\temp
The number of files to patch you type specifies the number of windows which
will be opened. If you start Patch without any named files, a single
window appears with the "Opening Menu" displayed; choose options from that
by pressing the desired letter, or use the pull-down menus instead.
MS-DOS version 3.0 or higher is recommended if you run Patch from a
different directory than you are working in, which is often the case. In
MS-DOS version 2, Patch can locate the supplemental files if Patch was
located in a directory specified by the path, and is still called
"PATCH.EXE." But in MS-DOS version 3 or higher, Patch can locate the
supplemental files based on how the command was started, regardless of what
drive or directory the files are on, or what the Patch command is called.
For example, if you had the Patch files on a floppy disk, you could type:
C:\DOS>a:patch share.exe
Patch would run, and find all its files on the floppy disk, but only if the
DOS version is 3.0 or higher. Under DOS 2.x, you would have to make the
floppy drive the active drive and run from there, like this:
C:\DOS>a:
A:\>cd patch
A:\PATCH>patch c:\dos\share.exe

BASIC OPERATIONS IN PATCH
===== ========== == =====
Patch was written to view and edit a variety of files, and file-like
objects, in a consistent and editor-like way. There are two overlapping
methods for controlling Patch, one based upon the WordStar editor, and the
other based on cursor and function keys and pull-down menus, which have
become customary elements in PC software.
The cursor keys on your keyboard do pretty much what you would expect.
The function keys are labeled at the bottom of the Patch screen by default
(you can remove the labels if you wish). The pull-down menus are operated
by pressing the ALT key and the first letter of the menu you want (these
are displayed across the top line of the screen), and then selecting an
option from the menu with the cursor keys and pressing ENTER on the one you
want. Menu options may also be chosen by typing the capitalized letter on
the option you want.
The WordStar codes are faster to use and harder to learn. They all
require a control code (press the CTRL key and the letter you want), many
commands also requiring a second character which need not be a control
code. The commands are represented with a carat (^) symbol to indicate a
control code, so "^KX" means press Ctrl-K, and then X (which can be upper
or lower case, or even Ctrl-X). If you are already familiar with the
WordStar editor many of the commands will be familiar to you. If not, but
you wish to learn them, the command reference in this document provides a
list, or you can turn on WordStar menus by setting the help level to 3;
this can be done with the command ^JJ3.
Patch can edit up to four files at one time; each appears in its own
"window" (a group of screen lines independent from the others). Only one
window can be edited at one time, but the other windows continue to show
what you are working on. The F10 key jumps between windows.
Several commands for patching a file use "blocks," meaning a section
of the file which you define and use as a single item for this command. In
WordStar commands, you mark the block with the ^KB and ^KK commands, and
then use a command to do something with that block. In the pull-down
menus, on the other hand, you choose the command, and Patch prompts you to
mark the length of the block (and, for some commands, where you want to use
the block as well). For this reason the two sets of block commands are
similar but not the same.
Patch has a number of built-in display formats, and some standard add-
on display formats. Built-in formats include HEX (displaying hexadecimal
bytes and ASCII equivalences; this is the default), TEXT (a simple text
editor screen, but awkward if your file isn't text), SUBDIR (the format for
subdirectory data) and LDRIVE (the format for a logical drive). The file
PATCH.CTL currently adds the DEC and OCT formats, which are similar to HEX
but use decimal or octal, respectively.
Patch has a number of built-in file systems, and some standard add-on
file systems. Built-in systems include FILE (normal DOS files; this is the
default), SUBDIR (DOS subdirectories), LDRIVE (a logical drive, named by
its drive letter) and PDRIVE (a physical drive, named by its unit number).
The file PATCH.FS currently adds the MEM file system, which patches the
"files" BASE (1M of system base memory), 286 (16M of memory on a 286 or
higher processor), 386 (4G of memory on a 386 or higher processor), and
CMOS (the battery-backed real time clock and config memory in most AT
compatibles).
For printing, Patch can support several printer types, which are
loaded from the file PATCH.PRN. Without the .PRN file(s), Patch only
supports the SIMPLE printer type, which works suitably on any printer but
doesn't make the same data distinctions one of the named printer types can.
Other file systems, display formats and printer drivers can be added
to your Patch program by simply adding the appropriate .FS, .CTL or .PRN
files to the location of your existing Patch files.
You can change many of the default options in Patch to suit your own
preferences, and to configure Patch to your display if your computer will
support 132-column text modes. These settings are all accomplished via the
"Prefer" pull-down menu, and can be saved to the file PATCH.PRF to become
your new defaults.
PATCH PLUS Release 1.0 Command Reference

Conventions: WordStar control codes are shown in "carat" notation, as in
"^KX". Keyboard keys are shown in all caps, like "RIGHT" or "F10". Pull-
down menu options are shown by their displayed names, inside angle braces,
like "". For more help on any of these commands, invoke the
Help system (F1, or ^Jc where c is a WordStar command).

FUNCTION/CURSOR KEYS
======== ====== ====
F1 (HELP) - Invokes help for this screen or general help index
F2 (GOTO) - Direct jump to location, same as ^QI or
F3 (FIND) - Search for string or bytes, same as ^QF or
F4 (PREV) - Jump to previous location, same as ^QP
F5 (HEADR) - Toggle window header between display modes
F6 (RSIZE) - Select record size, start offset, same as ^OR
F7 (CHECK) - Re-examine file for changes, same as ^KL or
F8 (UNDO) - Discard unwritten (highlighted) changes, same as ^U
F9 (SAVE) - Write unwritten changes, same as ^KS or
F10 (delta-WIN) - Change to next window, same as , like ^OK
F11 (CLOSE) - Closes window, saving changes, same as ^KD or
F12 (EXIT) - Return to DOS, same as ^KX or
SHIFT+F1 - Same as F11, for older keyboards
SHIFT+F2 - Same as F12, for older keyboards
LEFT - Cursor left, same as ^S
CTRL+LEFT - "Word" left, same as ^A
ALT+LEFT - All the way left, same as ^QS

RIGHT - Cursor right, same as ^D
CTRL+RIGHT - "Word" right, same as ^F
ALT+RIGHT - All the way right, same as ^QD
UP - Cursor up, same as ^E
CTRL+UP - Scroll up, same as ^W
DOWN - Cursor down, same as ^X
CTRL+DOWN - Scroll down, same as ^Z
PGUP - Cursor up one windowfull, same as ^R
CTRL+PGUP - Up one logical record, same as ^Q-
ALT+PGUP - Previous window
PGDN - Cursor down one windowfull, same as ^C
CTRL+PGDN - Down one logical record, same as ^Q+
ALT+PGDN - Next window, same as F10 or
HOME - Cursor to top left of window, same as ^QE
CTRL+HOME - Cursor to top of file, same as ^QR
ALT+HOME - Select top window
END - Cursor to bottom right of window, same as ^QX
CTRL+END - Cursor to bottom of file, same as ^QC
ALT+END - Select bottom window
INS - Toggle insert mode between "Ovr," "InsB" and "Ins," same as ^V
DEL - Delete a character, if insert mode active, same as ^G
TAB - In HEX, DEC or OCT displays, toggles to/from text section
+ - On numeric data, increments value
- - On numeric data, decrements value


WORDSTAR STYLE COMMANDS
======== ===== ========
^A - "Word" left, same as Ctrl-LEFT
^B - Accept next character as literal and set high bit
^C - Page down, same as PGDN
^D - Cursor right, same as RIGHT
^E - Cursor up, same as UP
^F - "Word" right, same as Ctrl-RIGHT
^G - Delete a character, if insert mode active, same as DEL
^H - Backspace, generally same as ^S or LEFT
^I - In HEX, DEC or OCT, toggles to/from text, same as TAB
^J - WordStar help screen
^Jc (c is any WordStar command) - Display help for command
^JJn (n is 0-3) - Set help level to n, similar to
^K - Block/file operations menu
^KB - Mark beginning of block for WordStar block commands
^KC - Copy marked block to this location, similar to
^KD - Save changes and close window, same as
^KF - Run DOS command (if typed) or DOS shell, same as
^KH - Toggle display of blocks and place markers
^KK - Mark end of block for WordStar block commands
^KL - Re-examine file for changes, same as F7
^KP - Print block, if marked, or file, similar to
^KQ - Abandon changes and close window, same as
^KR - Read in or insert external file, same as
^KS - Save changes and continue editing, same as or F9
^KV - Move marked block to this location, similar to
^KW - Write marked block to a file, similar to
^KX - Return to DOS, same as or F12
^KY - Delete marked block, similar to
^Kn (n is 0-9) - set place marker n, similar to
^K= - Fills marked block with value, similar to
^K+ - Adds value to block bytes, similar to
^K- - Subtracts value from block bytes, similar to
^K* - Multiplies block bytes by value, similar to
^K/ - Divides block bytes by value, similar to
^K& - Logical-AND block bytes with value, similar to
^K| - Logical-OR block bytes with value, similar to
^K^ - Logical-XOR block bytes with value, similar to
^K' - Converts block to lowercase, similar to
^K" - Converts block to uppercase, similar to
^K! - Locks marked block, similar to
^K. - Unlocks last lock, same as
^L - Look again, repeats last ^QF or ^QA
^M - Same as ENTER
^N - If insertion allowed, inserts carriage return/line feed
^O - On-screen operations menu
^OB - Selects on-screen treatment of bytes with high bits set
^OF - Selects new screen format driver
^OH - Selects base used for window header
^OK - If only one window, creates another; otherwise, next window
^OL - Toggles display of function key labels
^OM - Selects position representation used for window header
^OO - Toggles outlined window feature
^OP - "Protects" a file from accidental changes
^OR - Select record size and start offset, same as F6
^OU - Selects on-screen treatment of bytes in unprintable ASCII ranges
^OV - Selects the video display mode to use
^O[ - Defines current position as start of record 0 (sets record offset)
^O] - Defines current position as end of record 0 (sets record size)
^O. - Toggles automatic record blocking mode
^O= - For some display drivers, displays logical layout of file
^O? - Displays memory usage within Patch at this moment
^P - Accepts next character as literal, not command
^Q - "Quick" operations menu
^QA - Search and replace, same as
^QB - Jump to beginning of marked block
^QC - Jump to end of file, same as Ctrl-END or
^QD - Move all the way to the right, same as Alt-RIGHT
^QE - Move to top left corner, same as HOME
^QF - Search for string or bytes, same as
^QI - Move to absolute position, same as F2
^QK - Jump to end of marked block
^QP - Jump to previous location, same as F4
^QR - Jump to beginning of file, same as Ctrl-HOME or
^QS - Move all the way to the left, same as Alt-LEFT
^QX - Move to bottom right corner, same as END
^QY - Truncate file here, same as
^Qn (n is 0-9) - Move to marker n, similar to
^Q[ - Move to beginning of record 0
^Q] - Move to end of record 0
^Q! - Move to start of locked region, same as
^Q+ - Advance one logical record, same as Ctrl-PGDN
^Q- - Back up one logical record, same as Ctrl-PGUP
^R - Page up, same as PGUP
^S - Cursor left, same as LEFT
^T - Delete a "word," if insert mode active
^U - Discard unwritten changes, same as F8
^V - Toggles insert modes between "Ovr," "InsB" and "Ins," same as INS
^W - Scroll up one line, same as Ctrl-UP
^X - Cursor down, same as DOWN
^Y - Delete a screen line, if insert mode active
^Z - Scroll down one line, same as Ctrl-DOWN

PULL-DOWN MENU COMMANDS
==== ==== ==== ========
- Select a file to patch (defaults: FILE, HEX, Read/Write)
- Select a file to patch (defaults: FILE, HEX, Read-only)
- Saves changes, continues editing, same as ^KS or F9
- Saves changes, closes window, same as ^KD or F11
- Discards changes, closes window, same as ^KQ
- Prints entire file, similar to ^KP
- Re-examines file for changes, same as ^KL or F7
- Execute a DOS command, or run DOS shell, same as ^KF
- Close all windows and return to DOS, same as ^KX or F12
- Prompt for block, and where to copy to, similar to ^KC
- Prompt for block, and where to move to, similar to ^KV
- Prompt for block to delete, similar to ^KY
- Prompt for block, byte to fill with, similar to ^K=
- Prompt for block, byte to add, similar to ^K+
- Prompt for block, byte to subtract, similar to ^K-
- Prompt for block, byte to multiply, similar to ^K*
- Prompt for block, byte to divide by, similar to ^K/
- Prompt for block, byte to logical-OR with, similar to ^K|
- Prompt for block, byte to logical-AND with, similar to ^K&
- Prompt for block, byte to XOR with, similar to ^K^
- Prompt for block to upper-case, similar to ^K"
- Prompt for block to lower-case, similar to ^K'
- Prompt for block to write to a file, similar to ^KW
- Read in or insert file, same as ^KR
- Prompt for block to print, similar to ^KP
- Sets "Ovr" mode - no inserts/deletes allowed
- Sets "InsB" mode - inserts/deletes within marked block
- Sets "Ins" mode if allowed - full inserts/deletes
- Prompts for block and locks it, similar to ^K!
- Releases last lock set, same as ^K.
- Moves to position of last lock set, same as ^Q!
- If possible, resets file length to location, same as ^QY
- Search for string or bytes, same as ^QF or F3
- Search and replace, same as ^QA
- Repeats last or , same as ^L
- Jump to absolute location, same as ^QI or F2
- Move to one of up to ten place markers, similar to ^Qn
- Set one of up to ten place markers, similar to ^Kn
- Jump to start of file, same as ^QR or Ctrl-HOME
- Jump to end of file, same as ^QC or Ctrl-END
- Selects a new display format driver, same as ^OF
- For some drivers, shows file structure, same as ^O=
- Set record size and start offset, same as ^OR
- Display no header in this window
- Display header in decimal numbers (usually one line)
- Display header in hexadecimal numbers (usually one line)
- Display header in hex and decimal (usually two lines)
- Display header locations as absolute byte values
- Display header locations as record and offset
- Display header locations according to file driver
- Display header locations according to display driver
- Unprintable ASCII shows as IBM graphic
- Unprintables show as ASCII designation
- Unprintables show as a dot (".")
- High-bit chars are a different color
- High-bit chars displayed as IBM graphic
- High-bit chars displayed as high-bit off
- Display 25x80 text (works on any PC)
- Display 43x80 text (works on EGA and above)
- Display 50x80 text (works on VGA and above)
- Display 25x132 text (on video displays supporting it)
- Display 43x132 text (on video displays supporting it)
- Toggles the display of function key labels, same as ^OL
- Toggles the display of window outlines, same as ^OO
- For drivers supporting them, offers additional options
- Create another window (up to four allowed)
- Close the current window, same as F11 or ^KD
- Switch to next window down, same as F10
- Set Patch preferences for screen color usage
- Set Patch preferences for display characteristics
- Set hardware-specific options
- Set Patch preferences for printing
- Set Patch preferences for option default settings
- Save your preferences as new defaults
- Invoke Help system, starting at front index, similar to F1
- Provide help for keyboard commands
- Provide help for using a mouse with Patch
- Provide help with pull-down menus
- Set help level 0-3, similar to ^JJn
- Displays Patch version and copyright information


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