ANN: EditV32/Choose32 1.3


Bill Stewart

EditV32/Choose32 1.3

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Update: Version 1.3 allows spaces in a variable's name.

These programs are freeware.

EditV32/EditVar and Choose32/Choose are replacements for my older
programs Getkey and Getvar. (EditV32/EditVar is superior to Getvar
because it doesn't use temporary files.)

EditV32 and Choose32 are Win32 console programs that are designed to
allow user input in shell scripts (batch files). The download also
includes MS-DOS version of both programs, EditVar and Choose, that may
be useful on DOS bootable media.

EditV32 works by obtaining the contents of an environment variable and
presenting it for interactive editing. If you make any changes to the
variable's contents and press Enter, EditV32 writes the changed variable
to the parent environment of the program that started it (usually
Cmd.exe). EditV32 requires Windows NT 4.0 or later; for Windows 9x/Me,
use the MS-DOS version.

EditV32 is similar to the Cmd.exe Set /p command in Windows 2000 and
later, but it may be preferable for the following reasons:

* It allows you to edit a variable, not just set one.
* It can limit the length of the typed variable.
* It can mask the typed input for simple password security.
* It can limit typed input to numbers only.
* It offers a timeout feature (useful when a script needs to run
* It automatically "escapes" reserved shell characters in variables it
* It provides useful exit codes: For example, an exit code of 4 means
that the user pressed Ctrl-C to abort.
* It comes with an MS-DOS version that works in Windows 9x/Me as well as
on MS-DOS boot media.

Choose32 is similar to the Microsoft Choice tool, but it has more
features. Here are some reasons why it might be preferable to Choice:

* It doesn't beep when the user makes an invalid choice.
* It offers a "default key" feature, which lets a user press Enter to
select a default choice.
* It comes with a DOS version (useful for MS-DOS boot media).
* The Win32 version's timeout feature doesn't get confused when you run
multiple instances in separate console windows (this was a problem with
earlier Win32 console versions of Microsoft's Choice tool).
* It can suppress the display of the user's choice.
* It offers a "line input" mode where the user must press Enter after
making a choice.

Bill Stewart

Phil said:
Bill, many thanks! So apparently one must enclose in double
quotes any variable whose name contains space(s):

c:\cmd>editv32 "your very own password"

Correct. Hope the program is useful.

Mark V

In said:
Correct. Hope the program is useful.

Thanks for the updates and enhancements! It's in the toolkit here
now, although I've had no time to actually play with it yet. <G>

Bill Stewart

Mark said:
Thanks for the updates and enhancements! It's in the toolkit here
now, although I've had no time to actually play with it yet. <G>

You're welcome. Let me know if you run into any problems.

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