Contents of the SEARCH11.DOC file
Copyright (C) 1984, 1985 by Arborsoft Systems, Inc.
P.O. Box 4599, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106
* General Description *
SEARCH is an extremely valuable utility program for anyone who uses
DOS 2.0 through 3.0 with subdirectories on a fixed disk.
SEARCH is a general purpose replacement for the DOS PATH command but
it is much more powerful and useful than PATH. Unlike PATH, which is
limited to batch and executable files, SEARCH allows a user to access
files of all types. SEARCH works with arbitrary programs on arbitrary
files. Data files, overlay files, help files, batch files, executable
files, text files, program files, object files and library files all
become accessible with SEARCH.
Once SEARCH is loaded, it remains resident and occupies approximately
1K of memory. SEARCH is compatible with versions 2.0 through 3.0 of
both PC-DOS and MS-DOS.
SEARCH's command syntax is similar to PATH's. The SEARCH list is set
with a command of the form SEARCH=[d:]path[[;[d:]...]. SEARCH with no
arguments displays the current SEARCH list. SEARCH followed by a
semicolon clears the current SEARCH list. In addition, SEARCH will be
deactivated (but will retain its current SEARCH list) if SEARCH /D is
issued. SEARCH /A will activate a previously deactivated SEARCH.
Simple DOS-style command line editing of the current SEARCH list is
available via SEARCH /E. Finally, SEARCH /H produces the following
list of available SEARCH functions:
Set....................... SEARCH [d:]path[[;[d:]path]...]
Activate.................. SEARCH /A
Deactivate................ SEARCH /D
Edit (with function keys). SEARCH /E
Help...................... SEARCH /H
License Information....... SEARCH /L
* Usage Notes *
(1) It is advisable for users to make a PATH assignment to the
directory containing SEARCH.COM in their AUTOEXEC.BAT files,
for example, PATH=\ with SEARCH.COM on the root directory,
or PATH=\BIN with SEARCH.COM on \BIN. Thus, SEARCH can always
be found even if disabled or undefined.
(2) With the single exception noted in (1), users of SEARCH can
ignore the DOS PATH command and rely strictly on SEARCH.
(3) If both a SEARCH list and a PATH are specified, the SEARCH list
specification will always be attempted first. The PATH will not
be invoked unless the SEARCH is unsuccessful and then just for
batch or executable files.
(4) The SEARCH /E facility will not behave properly if another
program has changed the normal DOS interpretation of the function
* Incompatibilities with SEARCH Version 1.0 *
(1) SEARCH is not fully compatible with with IBM's APL. Users may
have to disable SEARCH to use some of the APL features.
(2) In general, if a program appears to be incompatible with SEARCH,
a user can 1) issue SEARCH /D (to deactivate SEARCH); 2) run the
program; 3) issue SEARCH /A (to reactivate SEARCH).
(3) Please report any incompatibilities or other problems with
SEARCH to Arborsoft Systems, Inc. SEARCH has been tested with
many different programs running with DOS 2.0 through DOS 3.0
on a variety of machines. The only known incompatibility is
with IBM's APL.
* Distribution and Licensin B) Start Elapse Timer - (ALT-2)
This function starts or re-starts the Elapse timer which
has the format of HH:MM:SS.
C) Calculate Split Time - (ALT-3)
This function will calculate the Split time from the Elapse
timer in the format of HH:MM:SS.
D) Stop Elapse Timer - (ALT-4)
This function will stop the Elapse timer.
E) Set Alarm Time - (ALT-5)
This function will allow the user to set an Alarm time from
the Time Display Window. The Alarm time is in the format of
HH:MM:SS. If the Alarm time has been set a musical note
symbol will be displayed to the right of the Alarm time.
F) Set Color On/Off - (ALT-5)
This function will allow the user to turn the color off
if a color card with a black & white monitor is being used.
G) Display ASCII Table Window - (ALT-6)
This function displays a page of an ASCII table with ascii,
hex, display, and control values. The ASCII table can be
scrolled by using the PgUp