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MASDIR takes the fumbling out of dealing with directories. You can display and sort your files alphabetically by name or by extension or size or date. You can display your files on two, four or six columns, allowing you to view up to 126 files on a single screen. Change the display with a single keystroke without returning to DOS. Page backward or forward through long listings. You can also print disk labels in small and tiny type faces and three lines of titles on disk sleeves. Create files of directory listings for cataloging. On-line help screens, a tutorial, demo, and the documentation make it easy to use. A setup program permits customizing all the features of this versatile program. The disk also contains a public domain batch file enhancer and a utility to allow you to automatically use the pause command when browsing through ASCII files.
Disk No: 1876 Disk Title: Masdir PC-SIG Version: S5 Program Title: MASDIR Author Version: 5.0 Author Registration: $19.95 Special Requirements: None. MASDIR takes the fumbling out of dealing with directories. You can display and sort your files alphabetically by name or by extension or size or date. You can display your files on two, four or six columns, allowing you to view up to 126 files on a single screen. The pause command can be automatically invoked. You can also print disk labels in small and tiny type faces and three lines of titles on disk sleeves. The disk also contains a public domain batch file enhancer and a utility to allow you to automatically use the pause command when browsing through ASCII files. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
SDL Version 5 Copyright(c) 1987-90 Bob Stephan Vol:MASDIR 5 07/13/90 00:07 This file was created with /OPTS:/? More PRInt Cls titlE Hdr Fre Lb the Print-to-file option of l All rK Byt Wid 2 4 6 N X S D[n] - dOs SDL. The descriptions were Directory of A:\ then added. --------------------------------------- ------------------------------ Filename.ext Bytes Atr -Last Change- Description of files DEMO .BAT 2002 06/03/89 16:43 Demonstration driver DEMOPRN .BAT 8048 05/14/89 00:23 Demonstration overlay DEMOSCR .COM 2048 08/08/87 13:15 Demonstration overlay DEMOSDL .BAT 13742 06/03/89 16:20 Demonstration overlay GO .BAT 8 11/24/88 19:33 Main starter for instructions INSTALL .BAT 5286 06/04/89 14:27 Installation program LOGO .COM 2048 07/09/90 17:04 Documentation screen MAINSCR .COM 2048 08/08/87 17:52 Documentation screen MASDIR .COM 2048 11/23/88 21:59 Documentation screen MASDIR .DOC 24273 A 07/12/90 22:22 Main documentation file MASDIR5 .NEW 17470 A 07/11/90 23:43 New features in Version 5 MENU .BAT 743 07/12/90 22:49 Documentation driver MENUSCRN.COM 2048 03/18/90 22:14 Documentation screen ORDER .FRM 4430 A 07/12/90 22:35 Order Form and price list README .BAT 61 06/03/89 16:04 Alternative startup for instructions REGISTER.COM 2048 07/09/90 17:04 Documentation screen SDL .COM 12287 07/12/90 23:24 MAIN PROGRAM SDLDEBUG.BAT 1558 07/12/90 23:24 Setup program overlay SDLFINIS.BAT 2027 07/12/90 23:24 Setup program overlay SDLNOTOG.BAT 7010 07/12/90 23:24 Setup program overlay SDLPARMS.BAT 9733 07/12/90 23:24 Setup program overlay SDLSETUP.BAT 5214 07/12/90 23:24 Main setup program driver SDLSETUP.DOC 10299 A 07/12/90 23:24 Setup program documentation SDL_GET .EXE 4207 A 07/12/90 23:24 Batch file enhancement utility SDL_SHOW.EXE 2319 A 07/12/90 23:24 ASCII file viewer SETUP .BAT 797 06/03/89 17:04 Alternate setup program driver TUTOR .BAT 241 06/03/89 17:00 Alternate documentation driver 27 Files; 155648 bytes/1Kb clusters.
SDL.COM - TUTORIAL - Copyright (c) 1987,1988,1989 Bob Stephan You will be able to browse through the TUTORIAL information at your own pace. Just use the keys on the cursor pad to turn the pages as you read. Note the reminder at the top of the screen, and remember that you can exit at any time by pressing Esc. I hope you will take a few minutes to complete this TUTORIAL which includes some explanation and then the DEMO. This will help you to understand and make full use of SDL. In addition to this general documentation, be sure to read the new features file. Either select it from the README menu, or just read the file named MASDIR5.NEW. (Now press the PgDn key to turn the page). SDL TUTOR file for SDL.COM, Sorted Directory and Disk Label Printer Version 5, July 1990, Copyright (c) 1987,88,89,90 Bob Stephan MASDIR (pronounced 'master') is an acronym for MASter DIRectory System. SDL is the main program. To use SDL simply copy SDL.COM to the disk and/or directory where you keep your other DOS command files or utilities. Then just use SDL in the same way you use DIR. This is a brief explanation of the features of SDL.COM. After you become familiar with these basics, please run the demo and read any additional information provided to learn how to get the most out of SDL. WHAT IS SDL AND WHAT CAN IT DO? SDL is a Sorted Directory Listing program that is used in place of the DOS DIR command. You can invoke it from the DOS prompt just like DIR, and it accepts the same file specifications (filespecs) that DIR does including paths and wild cards. But there the similarity ends. SDL has these features and more: <> Sorts the listing alphabetically by name, or optionally by extension, date, size, or (like DIR) not at all. <> Presents the listing in 2, 4 or 6 columns of file names in easy to read format. This permits you to see up to 126 file names on the screen to get a good overall view of the contents of the disk or directory. SDL automatically calculates the number of columns to use, or you can specify the format you want. <> Pauses after each screen until you are ready to continue. At the pause you can make new option selections, page backward or forward, exit, or continue. <> The options are selectable at the DOS prompt by adding them to the SDL command (like you can add /P or /W to the DIR command). <> Many options can also be selected from a menu that is presented at the bottom of the screen at the end of the listing. This permits you to change your mind as often as you like, and adjust the listing to obtain just the right information from it without having to return to DOS and enter a new command. <> Other useful options are available that will be explained further in this TUTORIAL and in the DEMO to follow. <> A setup program lets you select your own defaults for the various options by entering single keystroke answers to a few questions. You can make SDL work the way you want it to. <> On screen help by entering SDL /? at the DOS prompt. <> Unique to SDL are some excellent printing capabilities! With a single keystroke you can print the directory you see on the screen in your choice of five print modes: 1. Regular printing in whatever mode your printer is set for with no changes to your printer setting. 2. A "sleeve insert", which is printed on your regular printer paper in a format that can be trimmed to a convenient size to slip into the diskette sleeve for future reference. 3. A disk label which can be printed on the special labels that are included with the SDL system kit. This uses compressed print and 8 lines per inch to fit the filenames into a small space. 4. Another style of disk label printing which uses "tiny" printing to fit even more names onto a label. Tiny print makes use of the compressed and superscript modes that are available on Epson compatible printers. 5. Print-to-file to save a file copy of the directory listing. <> Very useful when using the print options is the ability to enter up to 3 lines of titles for your sleeve inserts or labels. Two of these lines can be customized with the setup program, and any or all of the 3 can be specialized for any individual listing. HOW TO USE SDL To use SDL simply copy SDL.COM to the disk and/or directory in which your other DOS commands and utilities are kept. Then use SDL in the same way you use DIR. Be sure to back up your SDL diskette by copying everything to another diskette. You will probably want to customize SDL with the setup program, so make a working disk or directory by copying just the SDL*.* files from the MASDIR disk to a working disk or directory. You can use the program INSTALL to help you do this. Just enter INSTALL at the DOS prompt, or select it from the MASDIR menu. There is a full DEMOnstration available on this disk. You will be given a chance to run the DEMO at the end of the SDL TUTOR program. To run it later by itself just enter DEMO. SDL is used very much like DIR. It takes the same path and file specifications, but it presents a much more readable listing. By using 2, 4, or 6 columns of file names instead of one, it lists many more files on one screen. If the screen becomes full, it automatically pauses. You can immediately shift to a different number of columns to see more files on the screen, exit if you have seen enough, or continue with the listing. SDL can be used in menu mode. Enter SDL with your filespec just like DIR, then make your selections from the menu at the bottom of the screen. SDL also has many options that can be entered on the command line in the usual fashion using / as a "switch" or option indicator. The command line is the line on which you enter your DOS commands at the DOS prompt. At first, SDL /? will be useful to bring up a help screen. The /? option displays a reminder of the syntax and options. To see these help screens just enter SDL /? at the DOS prompt. You will be given a chance to see this screen during the DEMO. Although there are quite a few options to provide the capabilities requested by users, you will find them to be quite intuitive and easy to use. After a few minutes of experimentation you will find a few of them that you like to use. This experimentation can be taken care of in the DEMO program to follow. As soon as you find the options that you like, you can customize your copy of SDL with the SDLSETUP program. We have tried to configure SDL the way we believe most users would like it, but you might want to change it for your own use. If you would like one or more of the defaults to work differently, run SDLSETUP. Then it will only be necessary to use options occasionally when you want something different. The SDL /? help screen is always available as a reminder at those times. The MENU program will give you an opportunity to read the SDLSETUP documentation, but SDLSETUP is easy to use, requiring only simple answers. The printing capabilities of SDL are most useful and remarkably easy to use. For example, to print a label for the diskette in drive A, just enter SDL A: /L. Nothing could be simpler. The /L is an option mnemonic for Label, and SDL will calculate how many file names it can fit on a label and select the print mode to do it. Of course, if you want more control, and less automation, SDL will always let you make your own specifications. You can print labels in either of two print styles, labels and sleeve inserts, in a variety of sort orders and columns of file names, or you can print with your own normal printer setting. The 3-line title option (/E) provides a means to include printed explanatory information about the contents and use of the files on the disk. You now have enough information to experiment with SDL. To display a directory at the DOS prompt (A>, etc.), enter SDL just as you would the DIR command. This is called the "command line". On the command line you may include one or more of the useful options, such as /X to sort the files alphabetically by their eXtensions, or /S by their Size. The default is to sort alphabetically by Name. (The DEMO will show you more.) Example: SDL B: /S /4 will display the files on the B: drive in 4 columns sorted by size. The reminder line at the top of the display gives a terse list of the options available to use on the command line, with the key letters shown in CAPS. It looks like this: /OPTS:/? More PRInt Cls titlE Hdr Fre Lbl All rK Byt Wid 2 4 6 N X S D[n] - dOs Use the key letters in CAPS, or '?', or one of the numbers 2, 4, or 6, each preceded by the 'switch' character '/' as shown in the example. Start out with the different column numbers (/2 /4 or /6) and different sort orders (/N for name, /X for extension, /S for size, /D for Date, or /O for no sort at all to view the files in the same mixed up order that DIR would show them). The letter options can be entered in either upper or lower case. They are shown in upper case merely to highlight them as key characters. After you see how easy it is, you can learn about the other options, or just try them to see what happens. A few experiments will quickly give you the hang of it. The DEMO that follows will guide you through a few examples, then you can try it out on your own when you finish the DEMO. Try all of the options, but note that you must have a printer on line to use the /P or /L options. /P will display a print options menu from which you can select F(ile), L(abel), I(nsert), R(egular), or T(iny). For I, T and L the printer must be Epson/IBM compatible. (Contact me if you want to use SDL with some other printer.) The R option will print with any printer - just set the print mode that you want then use SDL. Important! On multi-screen displays, at the bottom of each screen or directory you will be presented with a prompt containing some of the same options you saw in the reminder line at the top. This is intermediate menu. If you select one of the options shown using the letter in CAPS or the number, that action to be taken immediately. If you press any key (including ENTER) that is NOT shown in the prompt, SDL will continue normally. When it has completed the display of the directory you can EXIT by pressing Esc, End, space, or Enter(Return). To eliminate the pausing and the menus you can use the /M (for More) switch on the command line. Just remember, if you want to display the directory AGAIN, press only one of the keys shown in CAPS or numbers. If you want to exit or continue, press Esc, Space, End, or Enter. For example, if you want to change COL's, simply press the 2, 4, or 6 key. By permitting you to adjust the display of the directory without exiting to DOS, SDL is much more useful than many other programs. Along with the label and sleeve insert printing capabilities, it should prove to be an invaluable addition to your software library. Don't forget to use SDLSETUP to set it up YOUR way! Just a note about reading documentation on the disk. You are reading this file using a public domain program named SDL_SHOW. If you want to use it to view the setup documentation, enter SDL_SHOW SDLSETUP.DOC or type README to bring up the menu. Use the cursor pad keys to browse, and remember that you can exit at any time by pressing Esc. Finally, there are some additional programs on this disk. These are provided at no extra charge. They are not to be sold commercially and are not part of the SDL package. They are provided simply as a free service. You might find some of them useful. Most are public domain programs and are provided on an "as is" basis. Each file is accompanied by a .DOC file explaining briefly its purpose and use. Any "shareware" programs will explain the concept of shareware and request a fee for continued use. Use SDL to display the names of all of the DOC files by entering the command SDL *.DOC then take a few minutes to read them. They are short enough to use TYPE, but you can use SDL_SHOW to display them, or any other file display program such as Verm Buerg's LIST. * ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I M P O R T A N T ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! * * MASDIR5.ARC is a complete copy of the user-supported version * * of SDL.COM and associated files. It contains all the files * * "arc"ed into one compressed file. Popular "arc"ing programs * * such as PKUNPAK or ARCE can restore the files in MASDIR5.ARC * * to a workable system. DO NOT MIX THE FILES FROM MASDIR5.ARC * * WITH ANY OF THE OTHER FILES ON THE DISK!! You may, however, * * give copies of MASDIR5.ARC to your friends, donate a copy to * * your user group software library, and upload copies to * * electronic bulletin board systems. Remember, protect your * * investment in SDL by keeping the entire system separate * * from the files in MASDIR5.ARC. Although they have similar * * capabilities, they are incompatible with each other. * * ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I M P O R T A N T ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! * Thank you for taking these few minutes to become acquainted with a few of the features of SDL. It may be slightly confusing at first, most powerful programs are, but your patience will be well rewarded. After a few more minutes in the DEMO, you will have a much clearer picture about what SDL can do for you. Trying to explain it makes it sound much more complicated than it really is. Don't be hesitant to try out SDL on your own. After you see the usefulness of the many features, you will want to run SDLSETUP to customize SDL to your own tastes. Please let us know if you have any problems, questions, or suggestions. That concludes the TUTOR information. We have prepared a demonstration program to show you how to use some of the features of SDL. This would be a good time to take a look at the demo. In addition to this general documentation, be sure to read the new features file. Either select it from the README menu, or just read the file named MASDIR5.NEW. MASDIR - The MASter DIRectory System Description of new features in Version 4.3 ************************************************************ Special Offer--FREE LABELS--See Below The main enhancement is printing directory labels for 3.5" disks. This is controlled by the 3 and 5 options--3 for 3.5" disks and 5 for 5.25" disks. On the command line you can enter either /3 or /5 to prepare SDL to print the style of label you want. The Print Options menu is brought up by entering either P or R from the menu, or /P or /R on the command line. From this menu you can select, or change your selection, by pressing either 3 or 5 as appropriate. The default 3.5" disk form depth is set for the 2-3/4" labels that wrap around the top of the disk. The setup program permits setting it for the 2" labels that do not wrap. The default is set for the 5.25" labels, so use the 3 or /3 option to get 3.5" labels, or change it with SDLSETUP. There is also a new W or /W option that will list the files in sort order across the Width of the screen vice down the columns. When printing a 3.5" disk label this is the only method of list- ing file names that is available, but for listing on the screen or on a 5" label you can choose by toggling with W or /W. Another new feature is the option to set the cluster size for the total bytes. Since 1.2Mb and 1.44Mb disks use 1-sector clusters, the default rounding up of the file size total in 1Kb increments is not accurate for these disks (or for hard disks). A new /B (for Bytes) command line option is available to adjust for the number of kilobytes per cluster. /B1 (the default) for 1 Kb (2 sectors) per cluster as on 360k and 720k diskettes, /B for .5 Kb (1 sector) per cluster as on 1.2Mb and 1.44Mb diskettes, and /Bn, n=2-8 for hard disks as appropriate where n indicates the number of Kb per cluster. This option is only available on the command line, but SDLSETUP is able to set the default as desired. Note that /Bnothing (or /Banything other than 1-8) drops to 1 sector per cluster, and /B1 is the same as the current de- fault. The number, if used, must immediately follow the B with no spaces. A few notes about 3.5" disk labels: (For convenience the labels and disks will be referred to as 3" and 5".) Until actual printing is started the screen display will be the normal display. If 3" disk label or Insert printing is selected, each line of the display will be split to fit the 2-3/4" width of the label. Thus, a 2 column screen display will result in a 1 column 3" disk label, a 4 column screen display will be a 2 column label, and a 6 column screen display will be a 3 column label. The 2, 4, and 6 selections remain unchanged for either type of label. To keep the file names sorted properly, the W op- tion will automatically be invoked during the printing of labels for 3" disks. -2- The R print option is not affected by the label setting, but the File option is. You can use this to create a directory catalog file with space for your own comments after each file name. When entering titles for 3" labels, each line will be split after the 40th character. The vertical bar indicates the position of the last character that goes on the first line of the split. The next character after the bar will start the second line of the split. If you need to see the effect of the split on the screen before printing use the File option and create a temporary file that can be erased later or specify the NUL output device which gives no output at all but does show the screen display. Then "what you see is what you get". When it is what you want you can select the print mode. FREE LABELS! With each registration of Version 4.3 you may select ONE (1) FREE unit of labels from the ORDER FORM. Just write FREE in the Amount column. You must include the $2 handling fee with any label order, FREE or not. This offer may be retracted or changed at any time. Units are either 100 or 50 labels as indicated in the Quantity column of the Order Form. ************************************************************ Review of new features introduced in Version 4.2 Use of the PgUp, PgDn, Home, and End keys. These keys can be very useful for paging backward and forward through large direc- tories. Pressing the PgUp key will redisplay the previous screen. This can also be used on the first screen to eliminate the header completely and display up to 144 filenames on one screen. B for Back will also work. PgDn pages to the next screen the same as C, End ends the display the same as Esc, and Home returns to the first screen--similar to pressing C at the end menu, but Home can also be used for this purpose at the intermediate menu. To quickly get to the end of the listing, press the '-' key. Reverse sorting. The '-' character is the symbol to sort the file names in descending, vice ascending order. On the command line this can be /-, /a-, or /-a where a is one of the alphabetic characters N, X, S, or D. (There is no reverse for DOS order.) At either the end or the intermediate menu, pressing the "-" key will re-sort the names in reverse order using the same sort field. The third major new feature is the print-to-file capability. Now on the Print Options menu a "File" option appears. If you select F you will be prompted for a file name. This can be any valid non-ambiguous file specification (no wildcards). If the file exists, the directory output will be appended to the end of the file. Be careful not to use reserved DOS names such as COM1, AUX, LPT1, PRN, NUL, etc.; although you can use NUL to preview the printing of a disk label with no output. -3- ************************************************************ Review of new features introduced in Version 4.1 Control of printing is much more versatile. The prompt line in- dicates whether printing is on or off (Prn=ON or Prn=OFF). The P option brings up a print menu. On the print menu Esc will turn printing off if it was on, or exit without turning it on. Press- ing C for Cls turns on page eject (ff for form feed). This is also indicated on the prompt line with (ff=ON or ff=OFF). Disk Free Space is no longer shown unless specifically asked for with the /F option on the command line, or F at the menu. DOS takes a noticeable amount of time to calculate the disk free space, so eliminating the display of this information greatly speeds up the directory display. The calculation of the total "Bytes in xxx Files" is rounded up to the next exact kilobyte for each file. (Individual file sizes are not.) SDL automatically adjusts for any number of lines of text your monitor is set for such as 43 line EGA, or 50 line VGA modes. Additional New Configuration Features in SDLSETUP A setup option to use the box drawing characters on the printer like those on the screen. (Use only if your printer supports it.) Suppression of the . and .. file directory entries. The sort orders of N for Name (the default), X for eXtension, D for Date, and O for Original or dOs (nO sort at all), are avail- able. SDLSETUP now has a (cr) option to select "no change" for any question and just move on to the next. Pressing Esc will skip to the next section. You can adjust the number of rows that you want on labels when you use the Tiny option to get the maximum your printer will sup- port. ******* Now, if you want to exit, remember to press Esc. *******
* * * SDLSETUP.BAT - DOCUMENTATION - Copyright(c) 1987,88,89 Bob Stephan * * * You will be able to browse through the SDLSETUP documentation at your own pace. Just use the keys on the cursor pad to turn the pages as you read. Note the reminder at the top of the screen, and remember that you can exit at any time by pressing Esc. * * * SDLSETUP will not modify any of your original files. Only SDL.COM will be affected. In particular, your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT will not be touched. * * * NOTE: Since this documentation was prepared, a menu facility and more options have been added to SDLSETUP. The operation remains essentially the same, and the menus and additional items should be self-explanatory. (Press the PgDn key to continue) Documentation for SDLSETUP.BAT for SDL Version 4.3, April 1989 Copyright(c) 1987, 1988, 1989 Bob Stephan SDLSETUP is a handy program to customize many of the options of SDL, the Sorted Directory and disk Label printing program. It requires only that you answer a series of questions with single keystroke responses and, if desired, input new titles to appear in the top 2 lines of the display. To run SDLSETUP establish a working disk or directory (a RAM disk will be fastest, a directory on a hard disk next, and a floppy can be quite slow). Enter the following command to copy the necessary files from the MASDIR diskette to your working area. Assume that the MASDIR diskette is in drive B: and the working area is the current directory on drive C:. Then just enter COPY B:SDL*.* C: You can add the path after C: if you so desire, or just issue this command after changing to the working disk or directory. You can use MAKEWORK to help you do this if you like. Enter MAKEWORK at the DOS prompt. All of the questions in SDLSETUP are self-explanatory and should cause no confusion. A few of them are explained in a little more detail here. If you have any questions, read on, and then if you still have questions after running SDLSETUP please contact me. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - SDLSETUP * * * MESSAGE: Checking system resources. Please wait. At this point SDLSETUP is looking for the DOS DEBUG external command. If it is not found you will see the message "Bad command or file name". This will be followed by a beep and the following: * * * The message "Bad command or file name" that you just saw means that a system file is not available to SDLSETUP. This program requires access to the DOS external command file DEBUG.COM. It must be in this directory on this disk or in one of the directories on your path, which is PATH= (REM: your current path will be displayed here). Please correct the problem and run SDLSETUP again. (REM: This will be followed by an exit back to DOS for corrective action. But if DEBUG is found, SDLSETUP will check for the presence of other files. Depending on what is found you may see some of the following messages. If you don't see them, then all is well.) (REM: One user reported a problem during this portion of the setup program, and it turned out that he was running a RAM resident program named DOSEDIT. This appeared to interfere with the redirected input to DEBUG. The solution was just to boot the computer without DOSEDIT temporarily while running SDLSETUP.) Next the presence of required files will be verified. If any needed files are not present, you will see ... * * * The following files must be in this current directory on this disk: SDL.COM SDL_GET.EXE SDLTITLE.COM (REM: Except for the shareware version) SDLSETUP.BAT SDLPARMS.BAT SDLNOTOG.BAT SDLFINIS.BAT SDLDEBUG.BAT Next the DOS version will be checked. If it is found to be version 2.x you will see the following message. Please see the note at the end of this DOC file. * * * If you have any difficulty running SDLSETUP under DOS 2.x, please see SDLSETUP.DOC. * * * Setting the More or Pause default... Pausing refers to both intermediate pauses if the directory is more than one page (screen), and the pause at the end to allow you to select a new option. This is merely personal preference, but pausing is a good idea, and it allows you to select new options. * * * Setting the Hdr default... The first two lines of the header contain my copyright notice and the reminder line, as well as the volume label. If you use SDL mostly for directories on the your hard disk drive, you may have no need for the first two lines as a rule. This permits 2 more rows of files to be shown on the screen. The directory name will still be shown, and you can restore the title lines for any display with the /H option. Later during SDLSETUP you will be given the opportunity to change the default titles in these two lines. * * * Additional defaults will be explained and prompted for. They should be self-explanatory, but if you have any questions see the rest of the MASDIR documentation. * * * Setting the sleeve Insert eject default... A half page saves paper if you print many Inserts. Then if you print an even number of inserts your TOF setting will not be changed, but if you print an odd number your printer will be left at the middle of a page. If you prefer to always use a full page for a sleeve Insert, you can set that here. * * * Installing your own default title lines... If you answer N you are finished, and SDLSETUP will call DEBUG to make the changes you have requested. If you answer Y, another program, SDLTITLE.COM, will be called to ask you for the titles you want. The first line title can be 44 characters long and the second line can be 79 characters long. If you want to change only one, just press ENTER for the other. Whenever you just press ENTER, the original title will be used. If you want to blank out a title completely, just enter one or more spaces. If you want to have your own titles on the first two lines you will have to enter them both even though you may just be changing one of them from a previous setting. To restore the original titles, simply press ENTER at each prompt. Setting your own titles or restoring the original titles eliminates the highlighting of the key characters in the reminder line and allows all lines of the directory display to be redirected to a file if desired. After the titles the program will run to completion. The only problem that can arise is no access to DEBUG. In that case you will see the following message. Bad command or file name Using the DOS DEBUG command appears to have failed! You may not have a path to DEBUG. Please check the directories on your path for the existence of DEBUG.COM. If you can establish a path to DEBUG or copy DEBUG.COM to this working area, you can install the changes you have made by entering SDLDEBUG. If you see this message, please make DEBUG available from your version of DOS and run SDLSETUP again. In fact, if you have gotten this far you can take a short cut and run SDLDEBUG after you have made DEBUG available. That will finish up the changes. (CAUTION: Do NOT run SDLDEBUG if there has been any other error or interruption. In that case it is safer to start over again, but see the NOTE below. SDLDEBUG uses redirection and if the input file SDLSETUP.TXT has not been completed, it can cause a hangup that will require a reboot.) If everything completed normally you will see the message... SDL.COM has been modified. Don't forget to COPY your new version of SDL.COM to the disk and/or directory with your other DOS commands and utilities. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - That's all there is to it, so enjoy using SDL with your own configuration. SDLSETUP creates two working files named SDLSETUP.TXT and SDLTITLE.TXT. These files will be erased when SDLSETUP is finished with its work. NOTE: I have run into an occasional problem running SDLSETUP under DOS 2.1. Generally it works fine, and I can detect no problems under DOS 3 or later, but if you see either of the messages "EXEC failure" or "File creation error" please let me know. You might try increasing the "FILES=" value in your CONFIG.SYS file and reboot. A remote possibility is that the directory is full, so you might try running it on a different drive or in a different directory. You can also run CHKDSK to see if there are any other conditions that might cause the error. This seems to be caused by a problem with DOS 2.1 in the number of open files it thinks it has. One method that some have used successfully to work around this is to make only one or two changes to the defaults on each invocation of SDLSETUP. If this works, you will have to reboot your computer before you can run SDLSETUP again. This may be tedious, but it is one way to use SDLSETUP with DOS 2.1. Be sure to use the Esc key to skip the sections in which you are not making changes. This problem is apparently caused by a bug or deficiency in DOS 2.1, but I have included another work-around for it. If you see either of the above messages, AND if SDLSETUP has finished all of its questions through the ones about changing the titles, then reboot with Ctrl-Alt-Del and get back to the drive and directory in which you were running SDLSETUP. (If you are working on a RAM disk, copy your work to a permanent disk first.) One or two of the .TXT files named above should be in that directory (2 if you changed titles, otherwise only the first one). If you see SDLSETUP.TXT you can run SDLDEBUG, the last batch file in the series. This should install your changes and clean up after itself. See the CAUTION above about other types of problems. I apologize for any inconvenience, but it is a problem beyond my control. As a last resort, run SDLSETUP on a machine that is running DOS 3.0 or later. Then copy the resulting SDL.COM to your machine. Good luck! Now, if you want to exit, remember to press Esc.
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