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                        - For-Desy-Too -

                          version 1.10

            a comfortable description-editor for 4OS2

           written in january 1994 by Wolfram Koerner.

             Internet: koerner@cip.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de (prefered)

                   or: koerner@wok.incubus.sub.org

             FIDO    : Wolfram Koerner@2:2490/5100.8

            snailmail: Wolfram Koerner

                       Friedenstrasse 5a

                       97072 Wuerzburg



***     dear english-speaking people, please don't blame  me for my     ***

***    mistakes while writing this english documentation, because my    ***

***                    native-language is GERMAN                        ***

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            * The Highlights

            * What is 4OS2 and how about descriptions?

            * Whats the job of 4Desy/2 ?

            * The commandline-parameters

            * The Screen of 4Desy/2

            * The keys of 4Desy/2

            * "OK, how much ?"  - CARDWARE

            * DISCLAMER

            * Copyrights and Trademarks

            * A final hint

            * Credits

     The Highlights


            * Up to 512 Entries per directory

            * HPFS-long File/Directorynames supported

            * descriptions up to 200 characters

            * Internal clipboard for copying of descriptions

            * Search for Filenames and/or descriptions, containing

              a certain searchtext

            * interactive changing of directories and drives

            * diffenrent viewers depending on the current files

              extension can be invoked by F3 key

            * F4 edits current file, F9 invokes a command shell

            * free custom color setup possible

            * setup can either be done by commandline switches or

              by an 4DESY2.INI file in directory of 4DESY2.EXE

            * autosave-function

            * works with different number of rows

                - 25 to 102 rows if running in PM-window

                - 25 to  60 rows if running in fullscreen-textmode

              (the number of rows must be specified by the MODE 80,yyy

               OS/2-command before running 4Desy/2)

            * Many common Editor-Keys work while editing

     What is 4OS2 and how about descriptions ?


     4OS2 is a replacement  for  the  poor  native  OS/2  command

     processor  CMD.EXE.   4OS2  replaces this one completely and

     adds countless improvements.  E.g.  you only enter the first

     few letters of a filename and  then hit the TAB-key and 4OS2

     completes the filename watching the available files  in  the

     current  directory.   The  latest  version of 4OS2 I know is

     2.00 and as it is shareware -so should be available in every

     OS/2-specialized BBS and, of course via ftp on cdrom.com.

     Among the various  improvements  are  the  filedescriptions.

     With the command DESCRIBE you can give every file beside its

     name a description while running 4OS2.

     The  descriptions  of  all files in a directiory are kept in

     this directory inside  the  hidden  file "DESCRIPT.ION".  If

     you now copy, delete or move this described file inside 4OS2

     the dicriptions are copied, deleted or moved, too.   If  you

     move  all  your  files  to a floppydisk, the files will show

     their description on that media, too.

     The  descriptions  are  shown  when  invoking  a  normal DIR

     command on FAT-formated drives.  If you  have  a  HPFS-drive

     then  you  normally  dont see the descriptions.  You have to

     tell 4OS2 to show the  HPFS-directory in the old FAT-format.

     This is done whit the switch /z so type: "DIR /z <enter>" on

     HPFS-drives and you'll see your descriptions, too.

     And it *is* a difference, if your 1-year-old floppy-disk  in

     your diskbox look liker this:

[c:\]dir a:

  Volume in drive A is unlabeled

  Directory of  a:\*.*

bdesk234.arj   145109  14.07.92  23.41

descript.ion      392  16.10.92  16.24

resmast1.zip    47964  14.03.92   5.20

sabdu120.arj    51041  14.07.92  23.43

sprbar11.arj    46583  29.07.92  12.22

tngeb200.arj   261453  16.07.92  23.48

wed13b.arj     214750  31.03.92  15.00

winfr171.exe   256389   9.05.92  14.49

winq200a.arj   252653  25.07.92  13.29

   1.438.892 bytes in 10 file(s)         1.440.768 bytes allocated

         16.896 bytes free

     or if your disk looks like this:

[c:\]dir a:

  Volume in drive A is unlabeled

  Directory of  a:\*.*

bdesk234.arj   145109  14.07.92  23.41 BigDesk (virtual screens) Win3.1

descript.ion      392  16.10.92  16.24

resmast1.zip    47964  14.03.92   5.20 Resource-Master 1.00 f. WIN

sabdu120.arj    51041  14.07.92  23.43 Disk copy/format f. WIN

sprbar11.arj    46583  29.07.92  12.22 Superbar f.WIN (Hot-Icons f.Apps)

tngeb200.arj   261453  16.07.92  23.48 TechNoir  Birthdayplaner (good!)

wed13b.arj     214750  31.03.92  15.00 Programmers-Editor (ANSI) f. WIN

winfr171.exe   256389   9.05.92  14.49 Win-Fractale 1.71

winq200a.arj   252653  25.07.92  13.29 Windows-Offline-QWK-Reader

   1.438.892 bytes in 10 file(s)         1.440.768 bytes allocated

         16.896 bytes free

     Whats the job of 4Desy/2 ?


     The 4OS2-command DESCRIBE  is  not  very comfortable.  Every

     file is treated on its own and once you press enter you cant

     edit the previous described files again an correct mistakes.

     You even can't use once entered stuff again, if you have  to

     enter some very similar descriptions.

     So    now    you    need    4DEsy/2    -   the   comfortable

     description-editor!  Though 4Desy/2  does  not need 4OS2 for

     execution, the pretty descriptions do not make  much  sence,

     while sleeping inside the DESCRIPT.ION-File, because CMD.EXE

     will NOT show the descriptions.

     The commandline-parameters


     The order of the switches is *NOT* important !

     The switches are checked caseINsensitive.

     By default 4Desy/2 will edit the current-derictory where you

     typed the run-command for 4Desy/2.  But you can tell 4Desy/2

     to edit another  directory's  description:

     4DESY2.EXE [drive:][path\path\path...]

     For example your current directory is somewhere on  harddisk

     C: and you run:

        4DESY2.EXE a:

     Then  you  will  edit  the  current directory of diskette in

     drive A:

     Some other examples:

     4DESY2.EXE a:\

     4DESY2.EXE a:\subdir

     4DESY2.EXE \os2\install

     4DESY2.EXE subdir\subdir2

     Further commandline-switches:

     switch       function


     /?           "HELP !!!"

                  Before  the  actual  begining  of the program a

                  short  summary  of   the  possible  commandline

                  switches is displayed.   After  waiting  for  a

                  keypress the program is executed normally


                  4DESY2.EXE /?

     /H           same as /?

     /A           "AUTOSAVE"-Mode

                  when this switch  is  given,  4Desy/2 saves the

                  descriptions whithout further questions when either

                    - Exiting (ESC or Alt-X)

                    - Changing a Directory (ENTER on <DIR>)

                    - Changing the current Drive (Alt-D)

                  When changes where made, they are saved !

                  When 4Desy/2 is  running  you  can  toggle  the

                  state of the Autosave-mode with Alt-A.

                  (see description of Top-Line)

                  (see key Alt-A)

     /Caxxx       "COLOR setup"

                  the little 'a' behind the switch specifies  the

                  screen element which color follows.  'a' can be

                  one of the following letters:

                  T  : top row

                  B  : bottom row

                  F  : normal file row

                  D  : normal directory row

                  E  : current edit-row

                  H  : help window

                  C  : current directory inside help window

                  W  : warnings and errors in the bottomline

                  The  three  'xxx' stand for a color code from 0

                  to  127.   In   this   number  background-  and

                  foreground color  are  specified.   The  little

                  help  program  "4COLORS.EXE"  that comes within

                  the 4DESY2 archive shows the result colors from

                  every code.


                  4DESY2.EXE /CT12

                  starts 4Desy/2  with  a  headline  in the color

                  light-red on black.

     /E           "EDITOR-Mode" instead of POS1-Mode

                  switches   4Desy/2   after   start   into   the

                  Editor-Mode.    In   Editor-Mode   the  program

                  behaves like a normal  editor.  This means when

                  changing the row, the  cursorposition  is  kept

                  where possible.   Even when just jumping over a

                  few  empty  descriptions, 4Desy/2 remembers the

                  old position of the  cursor  and restores it in

                  the next line with enough text.

                  Contrary to the Editor-Mode is  the  POS1-Mode.

                  This  is the default-mode for 4Desy/2 and means

                  that whenever you change the row, 4Desy/2 jumps

                  to Position number one in the targetrow.

                  Which mode you prefer belongs to your own taste

                  but remember the  key  Alt-E.   When inside the

                  program  you  can  toggle  between  Editor  and

                  POS1-Mode by pressing Alt-E over and over...


                  4DESY2.EXE /e

     /F3aaaaa     "default F3-Viewer command"

                  By default "LIST" ist the command invoked  when

                  F3  is  pressed  on  a  file.   If  you want to

                  specify another  view-program,  tell it 4Desy/2

                  with    this    switch.     You     can     put

                  extension-dependent  viewers  inside 4DESY2.INI

                  so that you can  even  view ZIP-archives or BMP

                  or GIF-files or you can view WAV or MID-files.

                  See  section  over  4DESY2.INI-file.   the  /F3

                  switch only refers to the default-viewer.


                  4DESY2.EXE /F3c:\mytools\myview.exe

                  4DESY2.EXE /F3listos2

     /F4aaaaa     "F4-Editor command"

                  By default "E" the OS/2-Editor is invoked when

                  F4 is pressed on a file.  If you prefer another

                  editor specify it here.


                  4DESY2.EXE /F4c:\apps\qedit\q.exe

                  4DESY2.EXE /F4epm.exe

     /K           "KEEP in mind last subdirectory"

                  with this switch  active, 4Desy/2 will remember

                  the  name  of  the  last   subdirectory,   when

                  changing  to  a parentdiretory (ENTER on "..").

                  When now the contents of the parentdirectory is

                  read from disk, the active row wil *NOT* be the

                  first total row, but the last subdiretory-row.

                  Try hitting enter  on  a  ".."-dir and you will


                  Without this switch always the first entry will

                  be activated when changing to a new directory.

                  (see also Key ALT-K)

     /Lxxx        "LENGTH of rows"

                  Behind the switch /L follows a number of

                  two or three digits.   With this switch you can

                  tell  4Desy/2   the   maximum   length   of   a

                  descriptionline  you  want to have.  In general

                  the maximum  is  set  to  40 characters.  These

                  40 characters just fit  well into the directory

                  display.  More characters will be  word-wrapped

                  automatically by 4OS2 when displayed.

                  The default maximumlength is 40 chars.

                  If  a  description  is  longer than the maxchar

                  value you can  only  delete  chars in this row,

                  not add chars.

                  The maximumlength must be from 19 to 200, so

                  for mathematics: 20 <= maxchar <= 200  ;-)

                  (see also key Alt-L)


                  4DESY2.EXE /L60

                                  specifies a number of maximum

                                  60 chars per description inside


     /M          "MONOCHROME"

                 with  this  switch  4Desy/2  does  not  use  any

                 colors  but  black,  white  and grey.  So I hope

                 Notebook-owners will   see   something.   Please

                 report, if mono-mode works properly or not - for

                 I don't have a Notebook to test.

     /O          "OVERWRITE"-Mode

                 In normal case 4Desy/2 comes up  inside  Insert-

                 Mode.   So  if you prefer the Overwritemode tell

                 it to 4Desy/2

     /Q          "QUIET"-Mode

                 So if you  really  realized after ending 4Desy/2

                 for the third time that this is CARDWARE and you

                 really did send the  postcard  to  me,  you  can

                 suppress the CARDWARE-reminder at the end of the

                 program with this switch.

                 BUT ONLY IF YOU ALREADY MAILED ME  ;-)



     If  your  favourite personal switches defer from the default

     ones take a look at  4OS2's ALIAS-command. So perhaps define

     in your 4START.CMD something like this:

     alias 4des=c:\tools\4os2\4desy2.exe /e /o /l200 /q

     So in future just enter:


     and your favourite description-editor will come up with your

     favourite setup...

     Because ALIASes are kept in RAM, they are much  more  faster

     than CMD-Files.

     The screen of 4Desy/2


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?desy2.dok      10760  deutsche Anleitung zu 4Desy/2                        ?

?desy2.exe      85952  4Desy/2 -a comfortable DescriptionEditor             ?

쿏ESCRIPT.ION       68                                                       ?

쿴istory.txt      2581  A brief history of 4Desy/2                           ?

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?desy2.doc                                               ---A 27.01.94 18:36?


     The first row


     Behind |ESC=Exit| starts the status-information:

     A   means : Autosave is active.

                 Whenever you Exit 4Desy/2 or change the drive or

                 change  the  directory your work on descriptions

                 will be saved by the program automatically.

                 (see key Alt-A)

                 (see switch /A)

     K   means : "Keep in mind last subdirectory" is active.

                 To toggle this hit ALT-K

                 (see key ALT-K)

                 (see switch /K for commandline)

     I   means : Insert-mode

     O   instead of "I" means Overwrite-mode

         (see key INS)

         (see switch /O)

     1   means  POS1-Mode - when changing a row, the cursor

         is always set to the first position of the line

     E   instead of "1" means "Editor-mode" where the

         cursor-position is kept when changing rows

         (see key Alt-E)

         (see switch /E)

     |C 27| means that the cursor is on the  27nd char of the

            current description

            (C stands for Column)

     |L 40| means that the maximum-description length is set to

            40 chars per description

            (see switch /L)

     |Entry 6 of 6| I think this should be obvious

     --  at the end of the headline means that there are changes made

          to the descriptions that have not yet been saved.

          Save  the current status of the descriptions by hitting

          F2-key.  If you just saved the description, the asterix


    The last row


    Under  OS/2  filenames  can  have  a  length  of  maximum 256

    letters.  So they are to long for every  normal  sceenlayout.

    So I decided to display only the first 12 chars of a filename

    all  over  the screen an the CURRENTLY selected filename will

    be displayed in the last line  of the screen.  This means the

    first 60 chars of the filename are displayed.  If somewhere I

    have to cut of information of descriptions or filenames,  you

    will see a "" behind the information.

    If  your  filenames is really still longer than 60 chars, you

    will NOT see these remaining chars !

    But actually: what sence does a 200-char-long-filename make ?

    Behind the filename  there  are  the  attributes  of the File

    displayed in the order:

        R - "readonly"

        H - "hidden"

        S - "system"

        A - "archive"

    If an attribute is not set, a dash "-" is displayed instead.

    Right behind the attributes the filedate and the filetime  is

    shown in the form: DD.MM.YY and HH:MM

    Sometimes this last row  is  used  for displaying warnings or

    here is some input entered by you.  E.g.  when  you  want  to

    search for text with the Alt-S key ...

    The keys of 4Desy/2


    If you once have started 4Desy/2 with the desired parameters,

    you  will  tell  4Desy/2 what action to do with the following


    Key    function


    F1     Displays a help-screen with a summary of working-keys.

           Even your current working-path is displayed here !

    F2     saves the DESCRIPT.ION-file to the current directory.

           After  leaving  the   programm   you   will  see  your

           descriptions on every  DIR-command  run  by  4OS2  (on

           HPFS-Disks run DIR /Z)

    F3     The current file is to be viewd.

           When in 4Desy2.INI a special viewer is defined for the

           extension of the current file, this viewer is invoked.

           Otherwise  the viewerr specified by the switch /F3aaaa

           will be invoked.  If  no  other viewer is specified by

           /F3-switch, 4OS2-command LIST will be started.

    F4     The current file will be edited.

           If with the switch /F3 no other editor  is  specified,

           the OS/2-editor E.EXE will be started with this file.

    F9     will shell to an OS/2 commandinterpreter.

           4Desy/2 will start the one specified in the CONFIG.SYS

           file with the environment variable  COMSPEC.

           Type EXIT<enter> to return to 4Desy/2.

    ESCape Ends the program

           If  you  have  not  saved  the latest changes (See the

           asterix in the uppper-right  corner) a warning message

           is displayed:


          쿥ARNING:Descriptionfile not saved.Save before exit?(Yes/No/Cancel)?


           "Y" : Save and exit after successful saving

           "N" : Direct exit, no saving

           "C" : No Saving and no exit ! Just stay in program

    Alt-X  same as ESCape

    Alt-A  toggles Autosave on and off

           when  toggled to "ON" an "A" is displayed in the first

           line of the  screen.   For  further information on the

           Autosave-mode see description of commandline-switch /A

    Alt-E  Toggles between Editor- and POS1-Mode

           (Further information see switch /e)

    Ins    Toggles Insert- and Overwrite-mode

    <---   The Backspace-key deletes the char left of the cursor

    Del    The Delete-Key deletes the char right of the cursor

    Ctrl+  Ctrl-Del deletes from cursor to end of the line


   Cursor  The cursor- and the Page-key just work in the same way

   & Page  as in every editor. But remind these other functions:


   Ctrl-   Moves the Edit-Bar to the next EMPTY description

   CrsrUp  for quickly editing some missing descriptions

   Ctrl-   Moves the Edit-Bar to the previous EMPTY description

   CrsrDn  for quickly editing some missing descriptions

   Ctrl+   Move the cursor between the beginnings of words left and

   <- / -> right.

    Pos1   Move cursor to beginning/end of current row


    Ctrl+  Move to first entry visible on the screen


    Ctrl+  Move cursor to last entry visible on the screen


    Ctrl+  Moves cursor to first total entry of the current dir


    Ctrl+  Moves cursor to last total entry of the current dir


    Enter  This key has two functions


           When the current entry is a directory-entry, then  the

           program  tries  to  change  to this directory.  If the

           last status  of  the  edited  description  is  not yet

           saved, a security-questions wants to know if yout want

           to save or not.

           If you want  to  know  what  the current directory is,

           just hit F1.  The Help-window  displays  your  working

           drive- and directory


           the second function of Enter is when the current entry

           is a file-entry.  Then 4Desy/2  changes  to  the  next

           line and sets the cursor to the first position

    Alt-D  changes the Drive

           The  program  asks you for the letter of the drive you

           want to jump to.   If  you  want  to move to FLoppy A:

           just hit the "a"-key once and wait until  4Desy/2  has

           read   in   the  directory-contents.   4Desy/2  always

           changes to the root-directory of the selected drive.

    ALT-R  Re-read the contents of the current directory.

           If  yout think that the files in the current directory

           have  changed  for  some  reason  (may  be  by another

           OS/2-task) you can tell 4Desy/2 to take a new look  at

           that direcory.  The descriptions will have to be saved

           before. (otherwise a warning will be displayed)

    ALT-K  toggle "Keep in mind last subdir".

           for    detailed   description   see   description   of

           commandline-switch /K

           When "keep"-mode is active, a "K" is displayed in the

           statusline an top of screen,

    Alt-C  Copies   the   complete   contents   of  the  current

           description to the 4Desy/2-clipboard.

    Alt-U  Cuts the current description to the clipboard

    Alt-P  Overwrites the  current  description with the contents

           of the clipboard. The editbar is moved to the next entry.

    Alt-Y  Deletes the current description WITHOUT storing it

           to the clipboard. The editbar is moved to the next entry.

           --- Use carefully !

    Alt-S  Searches for text.

           You can enter a searchtext of maximum 40 chars.

           A question follows:


           쿐xamine <F>ilenames, <D>escriptions or <B>oth ? ?


           So what should be examined for the searchtext ?

           F : Filenames - only the file/directorynames

           D : Descriptions  -  only   the   descriptionstrings

           B : Both - Filenames/directorynames AND descriptions

               are examined for containing the previous searchtext

           The search is done caseINsensitive !

           The search starts at the first entry.

           Alt-N moves to the next matching entry.

    Alt-N  see Alt-S

           moves to the next matching search-entry

           If no searchtext is specified, this key has no function

    Alt-L  Lets you enter an new maximum description length

           from 19 to 200.

           (see commandline-switch /L)

    ALT-I  Save  current  4Desy/2-Setup to the file 4DESY2.INI in

           the directory where 4Desy/2 was started from.

           You  can  lateron  edit   this   file  with  a  simple


The file 4DESY2.INI


This file is generated by hitting ALT-I.

In this file the normal 4DEsy/2-commandline switches are stored.

One switch per line. Example:











.arj^(unarj ^|more) & pause



In the first column there has to be  a  "/"  or  a  "."  so  that

4Desy/2  recognizes  the  switch.  In spite of /C and /F only the

first letter behind the "/" is important. So /A and /AutoSave and

/AnotherDrink will all cause the AutoSaveMode to be switched on.

Starts the line with a "." the definition for a special F3-viewer

for a special extension follows.

By this line:

.arj^(unarj ^|more) & pause

the following commandline will be executet by typing F3 on a file

named XYZ.ARJ

unarj XYZ.ARJ|more & pause

"OK, how much ?"  - CARDWARE


So...4Desy/2 is NOT for free !!!

It will cost you a little time and a postcard-stamp !

So this is CARDWARE ! NO Sharewarefee, No Registration-Key and no

Cripple-Function !


After  I  have  spent quite a bit of my sparetime for coding this

thing I now want to know where it travels to on this planet.

So if you like it and continue  using it, if you want to give any

comment or improvement-ideas or if you have  discovered  one  ore

more BUGS : Mail me by postcard.  (For bug-reports even e-mail is


If  you  desire another special-function and you think some other

people might need this function too - write me, also !

(adress see on top of document)










Copyrights and Trademarks


4OS2  is (C) and trademark of Rex Conn and JP-Software Inc.

4DOS  is (C) and trademark of Rex Conn and JP-Software Inc.

OS/2  is (C) and trademark of IBM Corporation

4Desy/2 is (C) 1994 by Wolfram Koerner

        the program may be freely copied and distributed.

        But only if ALL files (program & docs) are copied

        without changes in the original-ZIP-archive.

        Further conditions see: CARDWARE-Section.

A final hint:


There is a NortonCommander clone for OS/2 called "File Commander 2"

programmed  by  Brian  Havard.   This  program  copies  the  4OS2

descriptions  together  with  the files!  The archive is normally

named something like: fc2###.zip.  Watch out for it and register

if you continue using it.



Even a programmer can not survive  without the help of some other

human beings, here may be mentioned a few of them:

Beta-tester:      Florian v. Walter (e.g. Editor-Mode /E)

                  Hans-Dieter Stich (e.g. Keep-SubDir-Mode /K)

                  Holger Gutschmidt (e.g. Attribute-display)

hot-water bottle: Doro (or my feet would be frozzzzen...)


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