WCL: a Command Processor for Windows,
OS/2 for Windows, and Win-OS/2. This
program presents a native Windows
implementation of a "C:>" prompt,
full support for DOS internal commands
like DIR, COPY, DEL, REN, MD, RD, CD,
TYPE, application execution from the
WCL command prompt, batch file
processing in Windows, filename
completion, command aliases,
a "foreach" command, UNZIP, UUencode
and UUdecode functions, and a large
number of internal commands.
WCL provides hooks for programmers to
write their own extensions to the WCL
WCL can also function as the Windows
shell, in which case it offers even
WCL is a shareware program.
README FILE FOR WCL
* NOTE: *
PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS DOCUMENTATION BEFORE USING WCL. Also,
WCL is VERY customisable through entries in WCL.INI. That file
contains a lot of comments on the customisation features.
PLEASE READ WCL.INI, and HISTORY.TXT before using WCL - otherwise
you will be missing some of its greatest benefits.
The Windows Command Line Processor (WCL) is a program that presents a
fully featured DOS-like command line interface for Microsoft's
Windows 3.1x and IBM's Win-OS/2. For Windows users, it is the best way
of avoiding the dreaded "MSDOS PROMPT", while still having the benefit
of a command prompt, and all the benefits of the Windows environment.
For OS/2 users, it is one of the easiest ways of starting "seamless"
Windows sessions, and in all cases, it is always a *far* better option
than using Program Manager's "File, Run" menu, or opening the "MSDOS
WCL basically simulates the DOS "C:\> prompt", but from within Windows
or Win-OS/2. The WCL main Window is a small, unobtrusive window which
defaults to the top left corner of the screen. It occupies very litte
screen space, meaning that most of the rest of the screen is visible.
You can then run Windows and DOS programs by typing their names and
pressing , just as you would do at the DOS command line.
If you are running OS/2 version 2.1, then you can also run OS/2
programs from within WCL. OS/2 users should please NOTE that WCL
will only run DOS and OS/2 programs under OS/2 as well as the Program
Manager will run them, since WCL uses the same API calls to run programs
as the Program Manager. Some OS/2 programs will not run at all, if run
from a Win-OS/2 session, and some DOS programs behave quite strangely
if run from Win-OS/2.
WCL is a neat, fast, and effective way for multi-tasking under Windows,
and Win-OS/2, and can replace the Program Manager as your Windows or
Win-OS/2 Shell. It also supports most of the internal DOS commands
(e.g., COPY, DIR, CD, MD, DEL, REN, ATTRIB, DATE, TIME, SET, etc.)
through built-in technology.
This file only contains instructions as to how to setup WCL. Full
documentation is contained in the on-line help, which is available
if you type "HELP" at the WCL command prompt.
Please read WCL.INI, and the on-line help, especially the
section titled "LEGAL STUFF" ** BEFORE ** attempting to use WCL.
The WCL package contains the following files;
1. WCL.EXE (WCL main executable)
2. WCLDLL.EXE (library needed by WCL.EXE)
3. BIGWCL.EXE (the "big" windowed version of WCL)
4. BWCC.DLL (library file needed by all the executables)
5. WCLCODE.DLL (library file needed by all the executables)
6. WCLCODE2.DLL (library file needed by all the executables)
7. MAP.WXX (library file for the WCLMAP command)
8. WCL.INI (initialization file for WCL. Please read it!)
9. WCL.HLP (WCL help file)
10. WCL.SUM (an alphabetical list of internal commands)
11. KEYS.WCL (file for assigning commands to function keys)
12. REGISTER.TXT (form for REGISTRATION requests)
13. ORDER.FRM (fill-in form for ordering a registered copy)
14. README.TXT (this file)
15. HISTORY.TXT (file that shows changes between WCL versions)
16. WCL.FAQ (WCL Frequently Asked Questions list)
17. INSTALL.EXE (WCL (optional) installation program)
18. WINSTALL.INF (information file for the installation program)
19. WINSTALL.HLP (ON-LINE HELP file for the installation program)
20. WCLCFG.EXE (configuration utility for WCL)
21. WCL_EXT.ZIP (documentation for WCL interface for user defined
Bonus Programs supplied with THE OPTIONAL EXTRA ONLY
22. EXITWIN.EXE (exits Windows without fuss or question)
23. RUNWIN.EXE (shuts down and restarts Windows without fuss)
Note: BIGWCL.EXE is a full alternative to the combination of WCL.EXE
and WCLDLL.EXE. If you prefer to use the small window of WCL.EXE,
then you can safely delete BIGWCL.EXE and save some disk space.
If, on the other hand, you prefer the big window of BIGWCL.EXE,
then you can safely delete both WCL.EXE and WCLDLL.EXE.
* Note also: *
The initialization file WCL.INI contains a lot of settings which
will determine the attributes of the main windows of both WCL.EXE
and BIGWCL.EXE. I have designed the program to be highly
customizable by these settings.
It is important that you read this file, as it contains a lot of
information/comments on particular settings. Feel free to
experiment with the settings. You can call up this file into the
Windows NOTEPAD by typing "CHG2" at the WCL prompt.
For those who are a bit wary of making manual entries in INI
files, I have supplied a configuration program (WCLCFG.EXE).
Most of the entries in WCL.INI can be set from this program.
It is also important to read HISTORY.TXT to see full details of
the new features that have been implemented. This is essential
even if you are a new user, since the information in the file
can also serve as a feature summary.
Setting up WCL
There are two methods of installing WCL;
1. You may install WCL by simply copying the "essential files"
listed above onto your hard disk, preferably into a separate
directory. If you use this method, then you need to create
Program Manager items for WCL.EXE and BIGWCL.EXE.
You may need to add the WCL directory to the "path" statement
in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file, or alternatively, to move BWCC.DLL
into a directory that is in the "path" statement.
2. You may run the optional installation program (INSTALL.EXE).
What this installation program does is;
[a] install the "essential files" into a directory specified
[b] optionally that directory to the "path" statement in your
AUTOEXEC.BAT file. This may be needed to allow Windows
to locate the library file BWCC.DLL
[c] optionally create a Program Manager group for WCL and
Program Manager items for WCL.EXE and BIGWCL.EXE
To run the installation program, take the following steps;
1. Select "File, Run" from within Program Manager, and type
"A:INSTALL" (if your installation diskette is in floppy drive
"A:" If you are installing from another drive/directory, then
substitute it for the "A:")
2. When the installation program loads, click on the check
box titled "Click here to create Program Manager Item",
if you want the installation program to create a Program
Manager Group/Item for WCL. If you want to do this manually,
then you can leave the check box unselected.
3. To start the installation, click on the button labelled
"Start Install". When you do this, you will be presented
with a dialog box which indicates the directory that you
are installing FROM (source directory), and the default
target directory (i.e., the directory that you want to install
the program to). You can edit the TARGET directory if you do
not like the default.
4. When satisfied with the source and target directories,
click on the button labelled "Install Now". If you want
to go back to the beginning, click on the button labelled
When the installation is finished, the install program will
volunteer to add the new program path to the "PATH" statement
in your AUTOEXEC.BAT. You will be invited to confirm or skip
If you want WCL to load each time you start Windows, you can put
"WCL.EXE" on the "run=" or "load=" lines in your WIN.INI file,
or put it in your STARTUP group.
This program is published under the SHAREWARE principle. This means that
users are entitled to use it for an evaluation period of 30 days. If you
wish to continue using it after this evaluation period, you are requested
to please REGISTER your copy, or DELETE the program from your disks.
Please look in REGISTER.TXT or in the on-line help for details of my
world wide REGISTRATION SITES (you will probably find one that is local
to you). PLEASE PRINT OUT ORDER.FRM, or the REGISTRATION FORM in the
18.00 (U.K. STERLING)
$30.00 (Canadian): British Columbia residents should add 7% Sales Tax
On payment of this fee, you will receive a serial number, and a
registration code which you will use to convert your copy into a
registered version, and which you can also use to FREELY register
subsequent shareware releases, until the next MAJOR release.
If you would prefer to be sent the most current version of WCL
(instead of just a serial number and code), this can be done -
but you will need to pay an extra fee of 3.00 (or $4.50 (U.S.).
With this optional extra you still get a serial number and a
registration code which you can use as described above.
PLUS: 3 for handling and shipping (not applicable in cases of
transimssion by UUencoded e-mail)
Registration provides the following benefits:
1. When you register your copy of WCL, you will be sent a SERIAL
NUMBER and a code which you will apply to your copy to convert
it into a registered version. This will;
[a] remove all registration reminders - no more conscience-pricking
[b] register your copy of WCL to you - you will become an officially
registered user of WCL, and your registration details will be
written into the executables.
[c] enable you to freely register all subsequent releases up
to the next major upgrade, without reference to me, and WITHOUT
ANY CHARGE (minor upgrades are numbered in .01 increments, while
major upgrades are number in .10 increments: MAJOR upgrades
require a 50% upgrade fee).
[d] Basically, you should feel free to obtain and apply the code to
all subsequent shareware releases, until the registration code
which you will receive stops working. That will be the signal
that you now need to pay the upgrade fee.
[e] when you type "VER", you will see your SERIAL NUMBER, and
your NAME (as the registeree) - this is the information that
you must use to register subsequent releases.
2. Support for the program
3. A clear conscience
4. The satisfaction of being an honest person
IF YOU REGISTER WITH THE OPTIONAL EXTRA;
1. If requested, a wordprocessed copy of the on-line help in Windows
WRITE format. Note that this file is NOT well formatted.
It is just a direct dump of the WCL.HLP help file into a format that
can be read by AmiPro or Windows WRITE.
2. Complimentary copies of some of my Windows utilities, namely;
[a] EXITWIN.EXE (click on the icon of this program, and you
quit Windows - no fuss, no warnings, no
[b] RUNWIN.EXE (click on the icon of this program, and Windows
is shut down and restarted again - useful for
those occasions when you need to reboot Windows,
e.g. you have just installed a new device driver,
or something has corruped Windows, and you want
to restart it).
Please note that there is NO printed manual. What I can provide in
lieu of this is the on-line help (WCL.HLP) in a wordprocessor file
format, for those who take the OPTIONAL EXTRA registration, and
request it (see above).
Please send payment to:
Dr. A. Olowofoyeku
Staffs ST5 5BG
to your local REGISTRATION SITE
WCL has an UNZIP command, which is based on freeware Borland Pascal
source code produced by the internet group INFO-ZIP. The Pascal source
is freely distributable, and any user of WCL can obtain a copy from me,
on payment of 5 Pounds Sterling (Note: U.K. funds ONLY) to cover the
costs of copying, shipping, and handling. Note that the source code
itself is FREE.