VgShowFQFS Program Manual

DESCRIPTION, TECHNICAL NOTES, 
AND SPECIFICATIONS

VgShowFQFS displays the Win32 (long file/directory format) and the short DOS 8.3 format for the fully qualified file specification or directory specification passed on the command line.  The file or directory must exist.  Both long path and short path displays are stripped of surrounding quotes, but the Win32 label shows red if the input had surrounding quotes (or if the fully qualified file or directory specification contains internal spaces).  Directories always are shown ending in backslash.  

Use this program in a Send To shortcut or a File Manager script file to drag to in order to display a fully qualified file or directory specification in both long and short formats.  The values displayed may be copied to the Clipboard for pasting into shortcuts or documentation of file locations.  The DOS 8.3 format can be used to provide acceptable input to a DOS-era program that cannot process long file/directory names.

INSTALLATION

Download and unZip the file vgshowfqfs.zip into a temporary directory.  Run setup.exe and install to the directory  of your choice.  Create SendTo shortcut if desired.

TO CREATE A "SEND TO" SHORTCUT CALLING THIS PROGRAM

Use Start Button Right Click > Explore All Users
Navigate to Profiles\SendTo
Create a new shortcut in this directory which points to the program, e.g.,

        C:\Program Files\Vitrine Gardens\VGShowFQFS\VGShowFQFS.exe

(or wherever you actually installed this program).

COMMAND LINE SYNTAX

VgShowFQFS.EXE <File or Directory specification in DLC or UNC format to display>

   where

        DLC = Drive letter colon backslash format

examples

X:\Temp\dogs.htm
X:\Temp\
X:\Temp

UNC = Universal Naming convention format

examples

\\Sirius\DriveX\Temp\dogs.htm
\\Sirius\DriveX\Temp\
\\Sirius\DriveX\Temp

REQUIREMENTS and LIMITATIONS

VGShowFQFS has been tested with Windows NT 4.0 and Windows XP and runs successfully in these operating systems.

COPYRIGHT AND REDISTRIBUTION

VgShowFQFS is copyrighted by Michael McGoodwin 2004.  The user is welcome to use VgShowFQFS without cost but may not charge to redistribute it.  Please acknowledge where you have obtained this program.

FILES REQUIRED

(List does not include MS Visual Basic runtime or setup files included with the install package).

vgshowfqfs_readme.txt This file
VGShowFQFS.exe The executable application file

REVISIONS HISTORY

This information is of interest primarily to the developer.

DATE VERSION COMMENTS
2/9/2004 1.0 Initial working version for Windows NT 4.0 and Windows XP Professional
2/24/04 1.1 Tweaked red label
4/20/2005 1.1 Fixed problem with setup program.