Full Description of File
ZARC - Zip utility. Zip tagged files easily.
Version 5 Has more features. You can easily
create, update, freshen, or move files. Uses
LIST to view text files. Backup an entire
directory on diskettes or hard-drive. Works
with PKZIP version 2.04 and DOS 5 or newer.
Works just fine with DoubleSpace. Reg. $10
Contents of the ZARC.TXT file
ZARC Ver 5.0
An easy to use Zip manager. It displays the current default
directory and you simply tag the files you want zipped.
Backup entire directory on multiple disks.
Works ok with DOS 6 and doublespace.
5 Files provided within this Zipfile: ZARC-50.ZIP
ZARC.EXE (Main program)
ZARC.TXT (This file)
REGISTER Fill it out and send it with $$$
LOGO The BBS where you can get the latest versions
FILE_ID.DIZ These 2 files contain a description of this
DESC.SDI program for use when uploading to most BBS's.
Note: Use FILE_ID.DIZ as a description when uploading to BBS.
SYSOPS: Please delete all prior versions of ZARC from your BBS.
To use ZARC, The program PKZIP.EXE (R) must be on your disk,
and preferably within a search path.
If it is not in a search path, or if ZARC cannot find PKZIP,
an error message will appear when attempting create a zip file.
To understand more about the operation of PkZip, refer to the
MANUAL supplied with PkZip.
To View text files, The program 'LIST' needs to be in your
search path. It is called when viewing text files.
For any additional information concerning the use of LIST,
refer to the documentation supplied with LIST. (LIST76B.ZIP)
It is best to place PKZIP and LIST in a directory that is
included in a search path. The path is set as a statement
in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file.
Then you may place this program (ZARC) in the same directory
and call both programs from which ever drive or directory you
are working in.
Note: if PkZip or LIST is called from a batch file, the batch
file should NOT change directories or drive to access PkZip
or LIST. The search path will take care of it for you.
Doing so will cause unpredictable results.
After invoking ZARC, you may select files by tagging them with
the spacebar, or pressing T to tag all the files. (U to untag)
To Zip a selection of files:
Select the files that you want to include in the zip-file by
pressing the space-bar to tag, or un-tag the selections.
The directory may have more than one page of files. Press PgDn
or PgUp to change pages. (also Home & End).
The Arrow keys will move the highlighted file marker up or
When pressing the spacebar, the highlighting marker moves down
one place so as to tag many files easily. When You reach the
bottom line of files, it will automatically change to the next
page if there are additional files there.
When you are satisfied with your selection, press Z to display
the ZIP MENU.
This menu will give you the options for the ZIP operation.
* Create a new zipfile that will contain the selected files.
* Update an existing ZipFile by adding new files to it, or
replace an existing file within the Zip.
* Freshen an existing ZipFile. This means that PkZip uses the
list of files from within the zipfile for consideration when
freshening the Zip. If you specify filenames by tagging them
then PkZip will only freshen or update the files tagged, IF
they already exist within the zipfile, and only if the tagged
file is different or changed from the original Zipped copy.
If you do not tag any files, then PkZip will use the entire
list from within the zipfile as a reference and will freshen
them if the files on your disk have changed or are different
from the ones within the zipfile. If the files have not been
changed, or no match can be found with the names within the
zip, then the message ' Nothing to do' will appear.
* Re-Date a ZipFile. With this option, no files are added or
updated. Pkzip reads the date for all the files within the
Zipfile, and selects the newest date. Then it re-set's the
Zipfile date to this date.
Often times, you will find a zipfile with a recent date, and
find that the files within have an older date. This happens
when BBS systems add their JUNK advertisement files to the
Sometimes they RE-ZiP the files with a newer Zip version so
as to compress the files better and faster. This also messes
up the ZipDate. See the section on DATE setting option.
* MOVE a file to a ZipFile.
When using this option, All files added to a new or existing
Zipfile, will be DELETED from the disk after confirming that
the Zipfile was successfully generated or updated.
This option is handy for those that want to save each days
records in a Zipfile archive for easy retrieval, and start
fresh each day.
Change directory by highlighting the directory name with the
up or down arrow keys and pressing ENTER. When changing to
a different directory, any tags will NOT be remembered.
Change disk Drive by entering L to Log a new drive.
To zip files in two or more directories, zip the desired files
in the first directory, remembering the path & filename.
Change to the 2nd directory. Tag the files desired, and when
creating the zip, indicate the same path & filename used in the
first directory. The selected files will be added to the Zip.
When you are finished selecting the files by tagging them, and
if you are updating an existing ZipFile in the current directory,
simply highlight that zipfile with the highlight bar before going
to the ZipMenu.
From the ZipMenu, select the zip function desired. If a Zipfile
was highlighted then that filename will be prompted for you.
If it's the right filename, simply press enter. If it's not, then
enter the proper name instead of the one displayed.
Do not use any extension with the zipfile name. It will default
to .ZIP automatically. In some cases, the zip extension may be
needed. If the selected Zip name already exist, a warning will
be displayed. This is a safety warning, and ZARC don't always
know if you are attempting to make a new zip or updating an old
If the file already exist, you can either add the tagged files
to the existing zip, or update the existing zip if the file
already existing within the zip.
ZARC will exit and call PKZIP to create or update the zipfile
with the files that were tagged.
DATE: The ZipDate used is determined by the date setting option.
The date of an existing ZipFile can be set by pressing R from
within the ZipMenu or it will be automatically done when you
update the ZipFile by adding more files to it.
To set the date option, press D and select a method. This will
be a temporary setting, and will return to the default each time
ZARC is invoked. Also if you log a new disk drive, you may have
to set it again.
There are 3 options:
1. Use today's date for the generated Zipfile.
2. Use the same date as existing ZipFile. (when updating file).
3. Use the date of the most recent file within the zipfile.
(including the date of the file just added to the zip).
To permanently pre-set the date, go to the directory that ZARC
resides in and use the following command line:
C:> ZARC /DATE
This will bring you to the date setup menu. Make a selection as
shown above. This setting will be permanent. ZARC must be in the
default directory for this setting.
While Zipping, or updating a Zipfile, a lot of disk space is
required. If you are short on disk space, (such as working on
drive A), you may specify a work drive that pkzip will use while
creating or updating a Zipfile. Select this while in the ZipMenu
or from the main menu.
The work drive defaults to C: if it exist.
Note: The work drive is NOT used while backing up a directory to
SORT: A sorting option will now let you sort the directory as displayed.
This does NOT sort the disk. It only sorts the way it's displayed
This is a simple type sort, and is often times slow, depending on
the size of the directory, and the speed of your computer.
Sorting was not the prime intent of ZARC, and therefore is only
an afterthought for those who desire it.
Shell: You may SHELL to dos by pressing F5 or Alt-J. Remember, when
shelling to dos, ZARC is still in memory. It uses much of the
available memory, leaving less for your shell operation.
DO NOT load any TSR type programs while in a shell unless you
remove it from memory before exit back to ZARC.
You may change drives/directories while in a shell.
Upon returning from the shell, the current directory will be
logged and any tags from before the shell will not be remembered.
BACKUP ENTIRE DIRECTORY to hard drive:
Requires PKZIP version 2.04 or newer.
To backup an entire directory, including all it's sub-directories
and thier files, go directly to the backup menu by pressing B
or choose B from the Zip Menu.
The default / current directory is the directory that will be
Tagging files here has no effect. All files will be included in
the created zip file, along with all sub-directories under it.
The PARENT directory is not saved. only it's files & directories.
You have 2 methods to create this backup.
1. Backup all files in the current directory to a zipfile and
DO NOT delete the original files.
2. Backup all files by MOVING the files into the created Zip
file, and delete these files from the directory. Any sub-
directories will also be deleted after the process is done.
The default directory (parent) is not deleted.
If the operation fails, for any reason, the files will not
After selecting the method, you will specify a file name for this
backup. You should specify the path for this file if you don't
want it in the default directory. IE: C:\util\filename.zip
BACKUP ENTIRE DIRECTORY to multiple diskettes:
Follow the instructions as above except you must specify the drive
with the filename.
Anytime you specify drive A or B, you will be asked if the diskette
should be formatted first. ( recommended)
After a diskette is filled, you will be asked to insert another
diskette to continue the backup.
Pressing Ctrl-C or Ctrl-Break during the Zipping operation will
do no harm as the files are always deleted AFTER the operation
BACKUP entire disk (root)
A backup of the root directory will often result in an error
of Insufficient memory. Some computers will have no trouble.
If you receive this error, don't be alarmed. This method of
backup is asking an awful lot from PkZip.
RESTORING a backup:
If you don't have VIP.EXE (the mate to ZARC), you may restore
the backed up directory with the following command line:
PKUNZIP -d ZIPFILE.ZIP C:\destination
If you backed up a directory called C:\WINDOWS then you should
restore it to C:\WINDOWS
When restoring, always place the LAST disk of the backup set into
Note VIP.EXE will do this for you very easily. Look for it on BBS's
Register: The following commands are available in registered versions
of ZARC.EXE only:
V = View an ascii file. ( uses list.com)
Alt-V = Zip-View a zipped file.
Registered versions can Zip-View A zipped file to display the
file names within the zipfile.
To view the file names within a Zipfile, Highlight the zip file
that you want to view. Press Alt-V.
You can only Zip-View a file that has a .ZIP extension.
Registration is required for commercial use of ZARC.EXE.
Registration fee for individuals is $ 10. U.S. funds.
Registration fee for commercial, government or school use
All fees are to be made in U.S. exchange rate funds.
Please enclose a self addressed envelope.
All copyright rights reserved. ZARC.EXE shall remain the property
of Al Richards, Shawnee Mission, Kansas and registration of
ZARC.EXE is a licence grant to use ZARC.EXE as needed.
You may distribute ZARC in it's original Zipped form to BBS's
and friends provided that this text file is included in the
Zipfile as supplied and no files included in the Zip are modified
in any way, including this text file.
No registered version may be distributed or uploaded to any
BBS under any circumstances.
Disclaimer: Although tested, I will not be responsible for any
loss or damage to any data on any computer and the user assumes
all responsibility for it's use.
I am also not required to furnish updated versions unless they
become available, if any.
If you try ZARC, and any problems occur, please let me know
and tell me what kind of computer you have trouble with and
the version of dos.
I am always interested in, and like to receive comments about
using ZARC. Suggestions are always welcome.
When registering, A unique registration code will be sent to
you, and so far, this code will be good for all updates.
Fill out the registration blank below.
If you are already a registered user, The code for the previous
version WILL work on ZARC-50
Print or copy this page and use it for registration.
Send your registration fee in U.S. funds exchange rate
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Your name __________________________________________________
City, State, Zip ___________________________________________
Company / Government name __________________________________
Phone Number ( ) ______________________________________
What BBS did you get Zarc from ? ___________________________
Type of computer & Dos version ____________________________
Check the lines that apply below: (U.S. Funds)
___ Registration (individual use) ($ 10. enclosed)
___ Commercial, Government, School use. ($ 20. enclosed)
___ Send Current or latest version. ($ 5. Additional)
( on 3 1/2" diskette only)
Enter on the line below, the registration name (or company name)
EXACTLY as you want it to be displayed on the screen.
(15 characters limit)
It is CASE sensitive, so use UPPER and / or lower case
characters as needed.
(Please PRINT clearly)
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