Contents of the README file
This is being mailed to all those who either registered or inquired
about RPSORT, written by my brother, Robert Pirko.
Robert Pirko, the author of RPSORT,
passed away on February 15, 1992.
He had not been ill , but just
suddenly collapsed and died.
You never know ...
RPSORT is now free for all to use, no payment is asked. Also the
assembly language source code is free.
The file RPSRT101.ZIP has been uploaded to a local (New York City) BBS:
NYACC 718 539-3064 (free access)
This file contains version 1.01 of RPSORT and its documentation
plus the commented source code written in 8086 assembler for the
Borland Turbo Assembler 2.5.
It is also available by mail for a payment of $5.00 to:
3881 Sedgwick Ave
Bronx, NY 10463
**** What Is RPSORT ****
RPSORT is a highly functional and extremely fast sort utility. I do not
know of another sort utility that can outspeed it.
**** RPSORT Is Free ****
RPSORT is free for all to use, no payment is asked. Also the assembly
language source code is free.
**** RPSORT Features ****
RPSORT greatly improves upon the features and performance of the sort
utility distributed with Microsoft DOS.
. First, it does everything that the DOS SORT does. Virtually any command
that works with the DOS SORT will produce the same result with RPSORT.
. But RPSORT does much more. It can sort very large files, even many
megabytes if you have sufficient disk space.
. It supports multiple sort keys.
. It sorts text files and files of fixed length records.
. It supports many sort key types including regular text keys, C language
strings, Turbo Pascal strings, signed and unsigned binary integers of any
length and several types of binary floating point numbers.
**** Complete List Of Files In The RPSORT Package ****
README - This file.
RPSORT.HST - History of changes to RPSORT.
RPSORT.COM - The RPSORT program.
EXAMPLES.DOC - A comprehensive set of examples using RPSORT.
RPSORT.DOC - A complete reference manual for RPSORT.
RPTAB.EXE - Used if a text file contains tabs. It expands the tabs so
that RPSORT can sort the file correctly.
RPTAB.PAS - Source code for RPTAB.EXE.
RPSRT101.ASM - Source code for RPSORT.COM.
ABOUTASM.DOC - A little information about the ASM file.
*** Try RPSORT On Any Command That Works With The MS-DOS SORT ***
If you want to try out RPSORT to see how fast it is and you are familiar
with the MS-DOS SORT, you can have RPSORT execute any command that works
with the latter.
*** Learn The Additional Features Of RPSORT ***
I expect, however, that you will find the many additional features of
RPSORT useful. To familiarize yourself with them, you might:
. Review EXAMPLES.DOC which contains 41 examples of RPSORT commands. It
starts with commands that use only the syntax of the DOS SORT and moves
on to commands that use all the features of RPSORT.
. Look at the built-in syntax screens available in RPSORT. To do this,
enter the RPSORT command with no parameters. Use the Page Down and Page
Up keys to negotiate the screens. Press the Esc key when you are
finished viewing the syntax screens.
. Read RPSORT.DOC to learn about the techinal nitty-gritty. I admit that I
find this document heavy going and I wrote it! Still, if you want to
fully understand RPSORT you might want to read it sometime. This is
particularly true if you are a programmer and you plan to use RPSORT to
sort files created by your programs.
I would be glad to hear from anyone who has improvements,
additions or comments on my late brothers program.
3881 Sedgwick Ave
Bronx, NY 10463