RAMCOPY - A NICE LITTLE UTILITY by Stefan Posthuma
Whenever I start my programming sessions, I first get some beer
and crisps. Then I dig up some really nice hip-hop from my record
collection. (For those of you who do not know what hip-hop is, it
is a noise created by screaming kids with golden chains around
their necks, accompanied by brainless computer generated drum-
beats and frantic scratching. Enough to drive every parent wild,
especially when Grandma pays a visit. Hip-hop is created by guys
like the Beasty Boys, L.L. cool J, Public Enemy etc.)
Then I take my Programming Disk, which contains everything I
need: Assembler, Linker, GfA Interpreter, GfA Compiler, Floyd,
Tempelmon, Raid, a Ramdisk and.... Ramcopy.
When the computer boots up and checks out the disk for an auto-
folder, it will find a ramdisk. After selecting the proper size,
the ramdisk will be installed and then ramcopy will do its job.
It looks for a file called RAMDISK.INF and starts copying all
files in that file to the ramdisk. This is really neat, because I
don't have to select and copy all those things myself. After all
this, I put the needle on the record, pump up the volume and
In the folder 'PROGRAMS' on this very disk, you will find two
files concerning 'Ramcopy': RAMCOPY.BAS and RAMCOPY.PRG.
RAMCOPY.BAS is the GfA source of the program and RAMCOPY.PRG is
the compiled version. If you install Ramcopy in your auto-folder,
make sure that you copy your ramdisk program first, else ramcopy
will be started before the ramdisk is installed.
How the program works.
First, it will search the auto folder for a file called
'RAMDISK.IFN'. If it can't find it, it will look in the root
directory. If it can't find the file there either, it will print
an error message and aborts.
You can create this file with any regular editor like Tempus, Ed
or even 1st Word (Plus)(WP mode disabled). Or with the following
GfA Basic program:
EXIT IF A$="*"
If it has indeed found the file, it will ask if you want to copy
the programs. This is handy if you are using a reset-proof
ramdisk and you just resetted the computer, so you don't have to
wait again because the files are already in the ramdisk. (or
maybe you just want an empty ramdisk.)
After that, it will read the file and copy all filenames it
finds. If you want to copy folders, you have to include a special
entry in RAMDISK.INF, starting with a '@'-sign, followed by the
name of the folder (not seperated by a space). The folder will be
created in the ramdisk, and you can copy the contents of the
folder, simply by giving the correct pathnames.
Also before a file is copied, the program checks if the file
exists and if there is enough room left in the ramdisk. After
everything is copied, the program waits for you to press any key
and the normal booting-process is resumed. By the way, the
ramdisk should be drive D.
Example of a ramdisk.inf file:
when ramcopy has handled this file, the files will be in the
ramdisk, and the folder 'programs' also has been created. Make
sure to create folders first before attempting to copy any files
After the programming session, I save my work (Sometimes, I just
turn off the computer, not copying the files from the ramdisk
back to the disk. This will result in a very loud cry, followed
by the pounding of my head to the wall.) and turn off the
computer. After that, I collect empty beer bottles and remove the
crisp-remaiders from my keyboard while my parents are trying
their best to keep Grandma from destroying my stereo with a very
mean looking umbrella.
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