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SETTING UP DIET
In last issue (Fall 91, page 17) I discussed a powerful file compression program, DIET.EXE that can as much as double the amount of your available file space. To gain full advantage of DIET.EXE it needs to be memory-resident, installed into the DOS startup AUTOEXEC.BAT file (see Fall 1991 issue, page 18).
Various readers reported problems with using System-Manager compliant (.EXM) programs in conjunction with DIET. (See page 18 in this issue for a discussion of System Compliancy.)
Based on my experimentation, I have come up with a number of rules for ordering DOS commands in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file (whether or not AUTOEXEC.BAT includes the DIET command). These rules increase the chances of System-Manager-compliant software working in conjunction with TSR's (memory resident programs such as DIET).
Order of Commands:
This is the general order the commands in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file must be in. All drive letters should be upper case.
echo Press CTRL-C to enter DOS
echo Press any key to enter SYSMGR
pause > nul
Verify that your System Manager hotkeys work. You must use upper case in your drive/path statements. If the hot keys do not work, delete APNAME.LST and retype it. Try again.
Reboot (press <Ctrl>-<Alt>-<Del>) and verify hotkeys.
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