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Edit Menu: [Edit partition-tables, LVM info, sectors]

UI, switch to Basic mode c-A

From main menu: Edit -> UI, switch to Basic mode c-A

Activate the BASIC user interface, limited to the most used functions only


   This will switch the user interface (Menu and some dialogs) between the
   Basic mode with less functionality, intended for less experienced users
   and Expert mode where ALL functionality is available.

    The startup default (Basic UI mode) can be changed using the
    startup '-expert' switch, and can be modified on-the-fly using
    the 'SET EXPERT on/off/toggle' command, just as this menu does.

    You can put a command like 'set expert ON' in your profile.dfs to
    enable EXPERT mode without a startup-switch when starting DFSee.

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Edit Partition tables ...

From main menu: Edit -> Edit Partition tables ...

Edit a partition table in an MBR/EBR sector using the P-Table-Editor dialog

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will start the interactive partition-table editor,
    positioned on the starting-partition selected from a list.

    It will allow direct updating of the various fields in the table
    and update related fields in the same table accordingly.

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Edit LVM information ...

From main menu: Edit -> Edit LVM information ...

Edit LVM information related to disk partitions, LVM-volumes and BMGR-menu

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will start the interactive LVM-information editor,
    positioned on the starting-partition selected from a list.

    It will allow direct updating of most of the LVM entities:

            - volumename
            - partitionname
            - driveletter
            - bootable flag
            - installable flag

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File in Binary editor

From main menu: Edit -> File in Binary editor

Start interactive sector-editor on the selected file, allow HEX/ASCII edit

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will allow full editing of a (binary) file using a sector
    editor interface with an HEX-pair and an ASCII edit area.

    The exact size of the file (in bytes) will be preserved,
    DELETE or INSERT of data in the file is NOT possible.

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Sector, Automatic view a-F2

From main menu: Edit -> Sector, Automatic view a-F2

Start interactive sector-editor on the current sector, auto view selection


    This starts an editor/viewer starting on the current sector

    It automatically selects an available view, based on contents:

       HEX/ASXCII : Classic 'binary editor' with HEX and ASCII areas
       Disassemble: Intel x86 disassembler view, 16, 32 or 64 bit
       Ascii-text : Show sector contents filtered for 'printable'
                    characters only, like Unix 'strings' command.

    The sector contents can be modified in the HEX/ASCII view,
    the others are for viewing only.

    You can switch to other views with <F2>

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Sector, HEX/ASCII F2

From main menu: Edit -> Sector, HEX/ASCII F2

Start interactive sector-editor on the current sector, HEX/ASCII view


    This will allow full editing of sector values using an interactive
    sector editor interface with an HEX-pair and an ASCII edit area.

    It is the only view that allows editing, and modifications will
    be written back to the opened object (disk, partition, volume)
    when moving to other sectors, or on <Enter>.

    You can switch to other views with <F2>

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Sector, HEX 16x32 a_T/c-F2

From main menu: Edit -> Sector, HEX 16x32 a_T/c-F2

Start interactive sector-editor on the current sector, HEX, 16 bytes per row


    This will allow full editing of sector values using an interactive
    sector editor interface with an HEX-pair and an ASCII edit area.

    It is started with a fixed 16 (0x10) bytes per row, independant
    the display size.

    You can switch to other views with <F2>

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Sector, Disassembler ...

From main menu: Edit -> Sector, Disassembler ...

Start interactive sector-viewer on the current sector, Disassembler view

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will show the current sector as disassembled x86 code.

    Full navigation is possible using the cursor and PgUp/PgDn key,
    and the disassembler is coupled with the HEX-editor in the
    positioning and navigation

    You can export the disassembled code to an ASCII file for
    further processing.

    On exit, the HEX-editor will be positioned on the same location
    and the current instruction will be highlighted.

    You can switch to other views with <F2>

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Sector, Text/Strings ...

From main menu: Edit -> Sector, Text/Strings ...

Start interactive sector-viewer on the current sector, Text/strings view

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This shows the contents of the sector(s) as ASCII text or
    strings, filtered for printable characters only.

    This is much like the UNIX utility 'strings'

    You can switch to other views with <F2>

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Sector, String replacement

From main menu: Edit -> Sector, String replacement

Replace data in current sector using HEX/ASCII/UNICODE replacement strings


    This will allow partial editing of sector values using dialogs
    to specify an edit-offset and a replacement string in HEX, ASCII
    or UNICODE to replace the data at the specified offset.

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Sector in HEX ...

From main menu: Edit -> Sector, String replacement -> Sector in HEX ...

Replace some data in the current sector with supplied offset and HEX pairs

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will allow some direct editing of sector values,
    using hexadecimal specified replacement values.

    The position in the sector to be updated will be requested,
    and the current values for 16 hexadecimal pairs will be
    displayed for reference and double-checking.

    The replacement value can be typed in in hexadecimal pairs,
    and on completion the sector can be written back to the same
    or a different sector-number.

    Up to a maximum of 120 hexadecimal pairs can be specified.

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Sector in ASCII ...

From main menu: Edit -> Sector, String replacement -> Sector in ASCII ...

Replace some data in the current sector with supplied offset and ASCII str


    This will allow some direct editing of sector values,
    using a plain ASCII specified replacement string.

    The position in the sector to be updated will be requested,
    and the current string of 16 ASCII characters at that
    position are displayed for reference and double-checking.

    The replacement value can be typed in as a regular string,
    and on completion the sector can be written back to the same
    or a different sector-number.

    A string of up to 255 characters can be specified.

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Sector in UNICODE ...

From main menu: Edit -> Sector, String replacement -> Sector in UNICODE ...

Replace some data in the current sector with supplied offset and UNICODE str

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will allow some direct editing of sector values,
    using a UNICODE specified replacement string.

    The position in the sector to be updated will be requested,
    and the current string of 8 UNICODE characters at that
    position are displayed for reference and double-checking.

    The replacement value can be typed in as a regular string,
    and on completion the sector can be written back to the same
    or a different sector-number.

    A string of up to 255 characters can be specified.

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Search sectors and output

From main menu: Edit -> Search sectors and output

Search functions to search (disk) sectors and the output text window


    This will allow partial editing of sector values using dialogs
    to specify an edit-offset and a replacement string in HEX, ASCII
    or UNICODE to replace the data at the specified offset.

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Search in sector data ... a-S

From main menu: Edit -> Search sectors and output -> Search in sector data ... a-S

Search for Ascii/Unicode/Hex data in all sectors for currently open object

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will search for the specified string in sectors for the
    currently opened object, starting at the current sector (this).

    You can specify the string to be searched in the FIND dialog.
    Many options to change the search criteria can be specified in
    that dialog as well. For a more detailed explanation of those
    options than available here, check the regular documentation
    on the corresponding options for the FIND command (DFSCMDS.TXT)

    The string(s) can be specified as ASCII, UNICODE, HEXadecimal or
    even a MIX of those by checking the corresponding radiobutton.

    The available options with their defaults are:

    (*) Ascii            : interpret search string(s) as regular ASCII
    ( ) Unicode          : interpret search string(s) as UNICODE data
    ( ) Hex pairs        : interpret as (pairs of) HEXADECIMAL data
    ( ) Mixed string     : interpret as 'mixed-string' format, see DOC
    [ ] Verbose output   : Display each found sector in default format
    [x] Show arguments   : Display a single line per found sector only

    (*) Repeat, 1 hit/sector : Repeat the search, add sectors to list
    ( ) Repeat multiple hits : Repeat allowing multiple hits per sector
    ( ) Search once, display : Just search a single time, verbose display
    [ ] Case-sensitive match : Require exact case match on primary string
    [ ] Search backwards     : Search towards LOWER sector numbers
    [ ] NOT containing ...   : Find sectors NOT containing the string(s)

    (*) Search in every sector  : Search every sector in opened object
    ( ) On Cylinder boundaries  : Search specific sectors per cylinder
    ( ) In freespace (undelete) : Search in filesystem freespace only
    ( ) In allocated (filegrep) : Search in filesystem allocated area
    [ ] Start at NEXT/PREV sect : Skip 'this', start at NEXT/PREV sector
    [x] No sector span (faster) : Will not find search string(s) that
                                  cross a sector (512 bytes) boundary

    [...] StartOffset     : Offset from begin of object to start search
                            mcs-number, default is the current sector
    [...] @Position       : Position in sector for primary string
    [...] Types           : Sector types considered (default ALL)
    [...] Secondary ...   : Secondary search string, AND with 1st

    When specifying a StartOffset, the default unit is MEGABYTES!
    When using a hexadecimal sectornumber, make sure to include the
    '0x' prefix on the mcs-number and the ',s' unit postfix.
    For KiB and GiB use the ',k' and ',g' postfix respectively.

    When specifying the '@Position' value, only sectors that have the
    primary string AT that position in a sector will be considered.
    The position is a DECIMAL value in the range 0..511.

    When specifying a 'Types' string, only sectors of that type will be
    considered in the search, to show available types for the current
    filesystem, use the '???' command or Help -> Available sector types

    To search for 2 strings (sectors containing string1 AND string2),
    you can specify the 2nd search argument, which will have the
    same data interpretation (ascii/unicode/hex) as the primary one,
    but will always be considered CASE-SENSITIVE!

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Repeat sector search ... a-R

From main menu: Edit -> Search sectors and output -> Repeat sector search ... a-R

Repeat the last search specified through the dialog, exact same arguments

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    This will repeat the previous search specified in a FIND dialog
    using exactly the same search parameters.

    When no valid search parameters are available yet, the FIND
    dialog will be presented as with a regular FIND action.

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Search Output text ... F7

From main menu: Edit -> Search sectors and output -> Search Output text ... F7

Search for an Ascii phrase in the output text window, highlight search-hit


Grep Output text ... F7

From main menu: Edit -> Search sectors and output -> Grep Output text ... F7

Search for an Ascii phrase in the output text window, present in result list



List all executed commands

From main menu: Edit -> Search sectors and output -> List all executed commands

Search output window for 'Executing:' and show found lines in result list



Force operation Mode=xxx

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx

Force specific Mode=xxx (Fdisk or FS) Can be dangerous, for expert use only!

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This allows a specific mode to be forced when automatic setting
    of that mode does not work correctly.

    This might be needed on damaged or unformatted disks.

    Be carefull though using any FIX or other commands that write to
    the disk or partition unless you are REALLY sure the selected
    mode is the correct one.

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FDISK + LVM disk level Mode

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx -> FDISK + LVM disk level Mode

Create, update, display, recover or fix partition-tables or LVM information

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   This is the default operation mode for DFSee and enables commands
   and menus that are working at the DISK level (like Fdisk and LVM)
   with partitioning, LVM as well as imaging and cloning functions.

   FDISK is the classic disk-partitioning tool as used with DOS.
   It is used to create primary partitions, extended partitions
   and logical volumes in the extended partition.

   LVM, the Logical Volume Manager, is an 'FDISK-like' program plus
   some related drivers on all OS/2 kernel versions starting at 4.50,
   including eComStation. It allows more flexible naming and usage of
   partitions and drive-letters, including joining multiple partitions
   on more than one disk into a single volume.
   DFSee respects the drive-letters as assigned with LVM and has
   special display options like the 'PLIST LVM' command in FDISK
   mode. Also the 'part' display will show volume and partition

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EXTn Linux std/journld FS

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx -> EXTn Linux std/journld FS

Check, analyse, display or fix EXT2, EXT3 or EXT4 filesystem, used on Linux

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   This will enable all EXT2+3-specific commands and menus

   Forcing the FS-mode in itself is not dangerous in any case, however,
   FS-specific commands like 'fixboot' in an incorrect mode CAN be!

   The 2nd extended filesystem for Linux is the default FS on almost
   all modern Linux distributions. The standard version is EXT2 while

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FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32 FS

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx -> FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32 FS

Check, analyse, display or fix FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32 filesystems

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   This will enable all FAT-specific commands and menus

   Forcing the FS-mode in itself is not dangerous in any case, however,
   FS-specific commands like 'fixboot' in an incorrect mode CAN be!

   File Allocation Table, the most important structure in the
   classic DOS filesystem that also gave it its name.
   It is a table of cluster-numbers that indicates the cluster
   that holds the next part of the current file or directory,
   or indicates that this was the last cluster.
   The first cluster of a file is pointed to by the directory
   entry that also has the filename, size and the flags.
   This way the location of each cluster of a file can be easily
   found by following this 'allocation-chain'.

   The size of one entry in this FAT is usually 2 bytes (16bit),
   and clusters of maximum 32KiB, resulting in the largest FAT16
   filesystem of 2GiB. (4GiB on Win-NT with 64KiB clusters)

   On small disks (and diskettes) a 12-bit FAT is used, and for
   really large disks the FAT32 filesystem was introduced.

   DFSee supports 12, 16 and 32-bit FAT filesystems.

   The FAT32 version of the filesystem uses 4-byte = 32-bit FAT
   entries. This makes the maximum size of a FAT32 filesystem
   nearly unlimited. The FAT structure itself does take up a lot
   of space on the disk, and in memory when using the filesystem.

   FAT32 was introduced with Windows95, and is also supported on
   the other newer Windows versions (98, ME, 2000 and XP).

   OS/2 and eCS also support it through the 3rd-party installable
   filesystem FAT32.IFS made by Henk Kelder.

   The FAT has no redundancy and is sensitive to errors like:
   - lost clusters   where no directory entry points to the chain
   - cross links     where two allocation chains point to the same
                     cluster at some point.

    The lack of redundancy also makes it VERY hard to undelete files
    in a reliable way. At this point DFSee does NOT support undelete

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HFS+, MAC journaled FS

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx -> HFS+, MAC journaled FS

Check, analyse, display or fix the HFS+, journaled filesystem for the MAC


   This will enable all HFS-specific commands and menus

   Forcing the FS-mode in itself is not dangerous in any case, however,
   FS-specific commands like 'fixboot' in an incorrect mode CAN be!

   The original HFS was used with the MAC for several years, and was
   enhanced with journalling and several other improvements in HFS+

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EFAT, huge SD/removable FS

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx -> EFAT, huge SD/removable FS

Check, analyse, display or fix Enhanced-FAT filesystems

Menu item screenshot(s)


   This will enable all EFAT-specific commands and menus

   Forcing the FS-mode in itself is not dangerous in any case, however,
   FS-specific commands like 'fixboot' in an incorrect mode CAN be!

   EFAT filesystem
   Enhanced FAT filesystem developed to work around the FAT32
   limits when storing large files exceeding 2Gb on SD cards and
   other removable media.

   The design of the filesystem is also optimized for fast writing
   by using a bitmap instead of the FAT datastructure for allocation
   and its internal structures are aligned to get maximum performance
   when used on solid-state media like SD cards and SSD disks.

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HPFS, OS/2 std native FS

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx -> HPFS, OS/2 std native FS

Check, analyse, display or fix HPFS/HPFS386 filesystems (OS2, eCS, BlueLion)

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   This will enable all HPFS-specific commands and menus

   Forcing the FS-mode in itself is not dangerous in any case, however,
   FS-specific commands like 'fixboot' in an incorrect mode CAN be!

   High Performance FileSystem
   Offered as a real improvement over the classic FAT filesystems
   with the OS/2 and eCS Operating System. Its main advantages are
   faster access, more reliable error recovery and better handling
   of large disks. There is also a (server) version called HPFS386

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JFS, OS/2 journalled FS

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx -> JFS, OS/2 journalled FS

Check, analyse, display or fix JFS filesystem, IBM OS2/eCS or Linux flavour

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   This will enable all JFS-specific commands and menus

   Forcing the FS-mode in itself is not dangerous in any case, however,
   FS-specific commands like 'fixboot' in an incorrect mode CAN be!

   Journalling File System
   A filesystem originally developed by IBM for the AIX operating
   system sharing a lot of features with other UNIX filesystems
   and adding journalling on all filesystem metadata operations.
   This greatly reduces the time to check and repair any damage
   after crashes or other disasters (CHKDSK).
   First offered for OS/2 with WSeB and now also available in eCS
   and the Convenience Packs 1 & 2 for the desktop.

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DUMPFS OS/2 crash-dump FS

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx -> DUMPFS OS/2 crash-dump FS

Check, analyse, display or fix DUMPFS filesystem, IBM OS2/eCS/BlueLion


   This will enable all DUMPFS-specific commands and menus

   Forcing the FS-mode in itself is not dangerous in any case, however,
   FS-specific commands like 'fixboot' in an incorrect mode CAN be!

   DUMP FileSystem
   A filesystem developed to work around the FAT16 limitations
   when storing huge system (crash) dumps exceeding 2Gb

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NTFS, Win-NT/XP/7/8/10 FS

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx -> NTFS, Win-NT/XP/7/8/10 FS

Check, analyse, display or fix NTFS filesystem (Win-NT/2000/XP/7/8/10)


   This will enable all NTFS-specific commands and menus

   Forcing the FS-mode in itself is not dangerous in any case, however,
   FS-specific commands like 'fixboot' in an incorrect mode CAN be!

   New Technology File System
   The new (journalling) filesystem introduced with Windows-NT.
   It has many of the same improvements over FAT as HPFS, but has
   a totally different internal structure. It also adds security
   information and compression and is expandable by defining new
   stream-types. Several versions exist that added specific

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Reiser Linux journaled FS

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx -> Reiser Linux journaled FS

Check, analyse, display or fix ReiserFS, journaled filesystem on Linux


   This will enable all ReiserFS-specific commands and menus

   Forcing the FS-mode in itself is not dangerous in any case, however,
   FS-specific commands like 'fixboot' in an incorrect mode CAN be!

   The ReiserFS, designed by Hans Reiser, is one of the newer file
   systems used with Linux (and Unix) and is known for high performance.
   It implements journalling as well and uses database-like structures.

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XFS, Linux journaled FS

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx -> XFS, Linux journaled FS

Check, analyse, display or fix the XFS, journaled filesystem on Linux


   This will enable all XFS-specific commands and menus

   Forcing the FS-mode in itself is not dangerous in any case, however,
   FS-specific commands like 'fixboot' in an incorrect mode CAN be!

   The original XFS design was circulated within SGI in October 1993
    as 'xFS: the extension of EFS'. XFS was first released in IRIX 5.3.
   The port to Linux began in 1999 against 2.3.40. It was accepted into
   the mainline in the 2.5 kernel in 2002, and the 2.4 kernel in 2004.

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Swap Linux SWAP space

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx -> Swap Linux SWAP space

Check, analyse, display a Linux SWAP space area, enabling 'smart' imaging


   This will enable all SWAP-specific commands and menus

   The main reason for a seperat 'swap' mode is allowing
    smart disk imaging and cloning, using the available
    logic to skip all SWAP blocks except the first one.

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Auxiliary mode unknown FS

From main menu: Edit -> Force operation Mode=xxx -> Auxiliary mode unknown FS

Generic analysis and display for any filesystem unknown to DFSee


   This will disable all FS-specific commands and menus

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Settings/Properties, UI

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI

Modify user-interface settings and properties for the TxWin menus, dialogs


    This menu contains a few selections that change the 
    appearance and behaviour of the DFSee user interface.
    Changes made in this menu will only affect the current
    DFSee session. On the next startup of the program the
    default settings will be active again.

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Select #colors, Palette

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> Select #colors, Palette

Select and set number of available colors, B/W or 16 from a larger palette

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will present a menu with the available number of colors
    both for the windowing system as the output-window itself.

    It will be either MONOCHROME, with 1 foreground, 1 background color,
    or 16 FG on 8 or 16 BG colors, from a palette of 16
    The current number of colors will be highlighted on opening the menu.

    Use the '-C:xxx' EXE switch to start with a specific nr of colors.

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Selection of this item leads to a dynamic created submenu, to select a color palette to be used

Select window color Scheme

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> Select window color Scheme

Select and activate any of the available window-color schemes

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will present a menu with the available color schemes to be used
    for all the windowing parts of the user interface.

    It does NOT change the colors used in the main output window!

    The current color scheme will be highlighted on opening the menu.

    Use the '-scheme:xxx' EXE switch to start with a specific scheme.

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Selection of this item leads to a dynamic created submenu, to select a colorscheme to be used


Inverted output-screen

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> Inverted output-screen

Use inverted colors on the scrollable output screen

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will invert ALL colors used in the text-output window.
    Both background and foreground colors are affected.

    The resulting colors also depend on other settings like the
    background black/blue and the bright-foreground setting.

    Note that the colors used in the rest of the application like
    menus and dialog windows does NOT change with this setting.

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Bright Foreground-text

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> Bright Foreground-text

Use bright foreground colors only on the scrollable output screen

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will make any low-intensity color used as foreground to
    be changed to high-intensity (bright colors).

    The setting is most useful on lighter (inverted) backgrounds.

    Note that the colors used in the rest of the application like
    menus and dialog windows does NOT change with this setting.

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Blue/Brown background

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> Blue/Brown background

Use blue (or brown inverted) background instead of classic black or white

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This toggles between a default Black or Blue background color.
    The default foreground color in both cases will remain white.

    When combined with the 'Inverted output-screen' setting, it will
    toggle between white (inverted black) and brown (inverted blue).

    Note that the colors used in the rest of the application like
    menus and dialog windows does NOT change with this setting.

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Use 7-bit ASCII only

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> Use 7-bit ASCII only

Use 7-bit ASCII character only, avoid non-standard 'drawing chars'

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will restrict the use of ASCII characters to the range
    of 0 through 127 decimal.  This may avoid problems re-using
    the text through cut-and-paste (to email or word-processor).

    The setting is NOT needed to get a 'clean' logfile, since the
    logfile in DFSee is 7-bit ASCII by default.

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ANSI colored texts

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> ANSI colored texts

Use ANSI-like colored text string on the scrollable output screen

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will avoid the use of ANSI escape-sequences to be used
    in the output-screen, avoiding possible problems when re-using
    the text via the clipboard or otherwise.

    The setting is NOT needed to get a 'clean' logfile, since the
    logfile in DFSee is cleaned from ANSI sequences by default.

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Status prompt after each CMD

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> Status prompt after each CMD

Display two-line status prompt after all command-line and most menu commands

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This toggles the display of the 3..4 line prompt after every command
    executed from the command-line or from most of the menu selections.

    These lines contain the returncode for the last command executed,
    and some related sector numbers for 'likely interesting' sectors.

    When switched off, there are 3 to 4 more lines of information that
    fit on the screen, which could be very useful to show larger amounts
    of data (like whole sector HEX-dumps) without having to scroll back.

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Automatic menu Dropdown

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> Automatic menu Dropdown

Automatically open menu pulldown on selecting menu-heading in the MenuBar

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This toggles the automatic opening of pulldowns from the main menu.

    When ON, each menu-heading selected on the menubar will automatically
    be opened, expanding to a list of menu-choices.

    When OFF, the menu-heading selected will be highlighted but requires
    another <Enter> or <Down> key to open.
    This can be set at startup using the '-M:2' switch.

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Adapt to new Window-size

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> Adapt to new Window-size

Re-initialize the DFSee windowing system to use the full (resized) window

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will re-initialize the windowing component in DFSee to take
    advantage of a new, probably larger, OS window size.
    It is useful after changing window 'properties' on NT/W2K/XP

    You can also resize and initialize in one go by using a command like:

            mode  90,45

    directly from the DFSee command-line.

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Change to Non-windowed UI

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> Change to Non-windowed UI

Re-initialize DFSee, using a simple command-driven non-windowed interface

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will change the user-interface to e very simple command-driven
    one without any output scrolling. Commands may be typed, and resulting
    output will be displayed but scrolls off the screen eventually.

    You can also startup in this mode by using the switch '-w-'.

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UI cycle colorscheme/lines

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> UI cycle colorscheme/lines

Cycling of color-scheme/line-styles using arrow keys, terminated with ENTER


    Change appearance of the user interface using:

         - Arrow-key UP/DOWN:    change overall color scheme

         - Arrow-key LEFT/RIGHT: change output-window colors

         - Page Up / Page Down:  change line-style scheme

   Note: Also activated with Shift+<F12> when the menu is open.

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UI test, Color, Char, Box

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> UI test, Color, Char, Box

Test UI, displaying ANSI color-set, character-set and Box-drawing characters


    Check display of the following UI scrollbuffer capabilities:

      COLORS      PC/ANSI color set, 16 foreground/background colors

      CHARSET     Display all possible (256) ASCII codepoints

      CBOXES      Display pseudo-graphics using 'box' characters

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UI test, Keyboard + Mouse

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, UI -> UI test, Keyboard + Mouse

Test UI, detection of keyboard and mouse activity incl Esc-sequences on UNIX


    Test generated (DFSee/Txlib) keyboard codes and mouse response

    Will display a keycode for each key pressed, with the TxLib/DFSee
    assigned name for that key, or 'unknown' as well as a timstamp in
    seconds from the start of the program.

    For the mouse it shows the X and Y char position (top left is 0 0),
    the mousebutton pressed and the state of the modifiers  (Ctrl/Alt)
    and the timestamp, followed by '(DBLCLK)' if the click was within
    the double-click time

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Settings/Properties, DFSee

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, DFSee

Modify operational settings and properties for the DFSee program

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This menu contains a few selections that change some
    operational or functial aspects of the DFSee program.

    Changes made in this menu will only affect the current
    DFSee session. On the next startup of the program the
    default settings will be active again.

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Set Batch, no confirmations

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, DFSee -> Set Batch, no confirmations

NO questions asked, automatic YES to confirmations. See 'batch' command help

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    This will toggle the 'Batch' status for DFSee, that auto-answers
    all confirmations with 'Yes', allowing batch-wise operation most
    useful from scripts

    When set to ON, it will automatically answer all confirmations
    with 'Yes', allowing batch-wise operation, which is useful
    from recovery or partitioning scripts

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Set Read-Only, no writes

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, DFSee -> Set Read-Only, no writes

NO writing to opened objects for safety, do allow writing log or image-files

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will toggle the 'Read-Only' status for ALL objects that
    might be opened using DFSee. The current status is indicated
    in the menu itself, in the first column for the menu-item.

    When set to Read-Only, no changes are allowed that write to
    the opened object. This will save you from unintended actions
    that could cause problems.

    Writing to normal files like logfiles and imagefiles is still
    possible, so you can make imagebackups, or PSAVE backups  even
    when working Read-Only.

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Ignore any (R/W) errors

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, DFSee -> Ignore any (R/W) errors

Ignore read/write and other errors, continue operation with next sector(s)

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will toggle the ERROR Strategy setting, that controls the way
    read- write- and other low level errors are handled while performing
    operations like WIPE, CLONE, IMAGE, RESTORE and similar commands.

    When 'checked' the error strategy is IGNORE, meaning errors are ignored,
    and any non-zero returncodes will be suppressed (made 0) so they will NOT
    surfeace in a script.

    When 'unchecked', the ERROR strategy is either CONFIRM (user confirmation)
    or it is QUIT, in which case the running operation will be aborted and the
    non-zero returncode surfaces to the script or DFSee user-interface level.

    The startup default (Strategy CONFIRM) can be changed using the startup 
    '-E:i' or '-E:q' switch, it can be overridden just for the  CURRENT command
    using the option '-E:i' or '-E:q' with that command, and finally the global
    strategy can be modified on-the-fly using the 'SET ERROR confirm/ignore/quit'
    command from the commandline or a script

    You can put a command like 'set error quit' in your profile.dfs to
    set the error strategy without a startup-switch when starting DFSee.

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Auto GPT partition handling

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, DFSee -> Auto GPT partition handling

Automatic interpretation of GPT-style disks, hiding the 0xEE protective MBR

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will toggle the 'gptAuto' setting, that controls the way
    the partitiontables for GPT style disks are interpreted by DFSee.

    When 'checked' gptAuto is ON, and the actual GPT-style partitions
    will be retrieved from the GPT database and displayed in DFSee.
    This is the most useful way of looking at it, and is the default.

    When 'unchecked', gptAuto is OFF, and the GPT databse in ignored!
    Instead the 'protective MBR' entry in the regular tables is shown.

    The startup default (gptAuto ON) can be changed using the
    startup '-gptauto-' switch, and can be modified on-the-fly
    using the 'SET GPTAUTO on/off' command, as this menu does.

    You can put a command like 'set gptauto OFF' in your profile.dfs to
    disable this feature without a startup-switch when starting DFSee.

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Set Geometry contents based

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, DFSee -> Set Geometry contents based

Get disk geometry from disk contents (tables and LVM) instead of the OS/BIOS

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will toggle the 'geocalc' setting, that controls the way
    the disk geometry to use for each disk is determined by DFSee.

    When 'checked' geocalc is ON, and disk geometry is calculated
    from the actual disk contents like partition tables and LVM info.
    This is often the most reliable way, and is the default.

    When 'unchecked', geocalc is OFF, and disk geometry is queried
    directly from the operating system (or the BIOS for DFSDOS).
    You may need this in situations where the disk-contents does NOT
    represent the desired disk geometry, including the disk size.
    This may happen with disk damage (garbage contents) or when
    the disk is cloned/imaged from a different size disk.

    Note: Unchecking the 'geocalc' setting, and using the menu item:

          Mode=FDISK ->
           OS/2 LVM and BootManager ->
            Set LVM-Geo to DFSee L-Geo ->
             ... select disk to be updated

          Will update the new disk size after a disk-to-disk clone for
          disks that have LVM information on them (in eCS, OS/2 4.50).

    The startup default (geocalc ON) can be changed using the
    startup '-geocalc-' switch, and can be modified on-the-fly
    using the 'SET GEOCALC on/off' command, as this menu does.

    You can put a command like 'set geocalc OFF' in your profile.dfs to
    disable this feature without a startup-switch when starting DFSee.

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Keep LVM Engine synchronised

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, DFSee -> Keep LVM Engine synchronised

Always sync LVM Driveletters to LVM Engine; Avoids reboot, may cause traps!!

Menu item screenshot(s)


    This will toggle the 'SyncLVM' setting, that controls the automatic
    synchronisation of the OS/2 LVM-Engine with new DFSee information.

    When 'checked' SyncLVM is ON, and all changes to driveletters etc
    are passed on to the LVM-Engine dynamically, without the need to
    reboot the system to make changes visible.

    WARNING: Synchronising LVM information from DFSee to the LVM Engine
             is known to cause TRAPS on some systems, most often when
             REMOVABLE media are present (like USB disks/memory sticks)

             Because of this, using it is NOT RECOMMENDED!

    When 'unchecked', SyncLVM is OFF, and you need a system reboot before
    any change to driveletters of volumenames is visible in LVM and the
    rest of the operating system. For safety reasons, this is the default.

    The startup default (SyncLVM OFF) can be changed using the
    startup '-synclvm' switch, and can be modified on-the-fly
    using the 'SET SYNCLVM on/off' command, as this menu does.

    You can put a command like 'set synclvm ON' in your profile.dfs to
    enable this feature without a startup-switch when starting DFSee.

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Incl. Floppies in vol. lists

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, DFSee -> Incl. Floppies in vol. lists

Include diskettes, Floppy A: or B: in volumelists, used in menus and dialogs

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    This will toggle the 'floppy' setting, that determines if diskettes
    are included in the volume/driveletter lists in menus and dialogs.

    Having diskettes in those lists can cause delays of several seconds
    when presenting the main DFSee menu.

    The startup default ('floppy' OFF) can be changed using the
    startup '-floppy' switch, and can be modified on-the-fly
    using the 'SET FLOPPY on/off' command, as this menu does.

    You can put a command like 'set floppy ON' in your profile.dfs to
    enable this feature without a startup-switch when starting DFSee.

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Automatic logfile Numbering

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, DFSee -> Automatic logfile Numbering

Automatically number logfiles as name001..999, added to filename from dialog

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    This will toggle the 'logAuto' setting, that controls the way the
    name for the logfile specified in the LOG dialog screen is handled.

    When 'checked' logAuto is ON, and a sequence number from 001 to 999
    will be appended to the specified filename, incrementing it each time
    a log is started (typically at DFSee startup).

    When 'unchecked', logAuto is OFF, and the filename is unchnaged.

    The startup default (logAuto OFF) can be changed using the
    startup '-logauto' switch, and can be modified on-the-fly
    using the 'SET LOGAUTO on/off' command, as this menu does.

    You can put a command like 'set logauto ON' in your profile.dfs to
    enable this feature without a startup-switch when starting DFSee.

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Show type 0x00 as Partition

From main menu: Edit -> Settings/Properties, DFSee -> Show type 0x00 as Partition

Handle primary partition table type 0x00 as a valid partition, not freespace


    This will toggle the 'pt0' setting, that controls the way type 0x00
    entries in the MBR partition table for primaries is handled.

    When 'checked' pt0 is ON, and type 0x00 entries are handled as PARTITIONS
    allowing all sorts of manipulation of such 'hidden' partitions/filesystems.
    Note that for a type 0x00 entry to show up, it MUST have a valid size and
    start-location in the partition table!

    Also note that as long as the 'pt0' setting is ON, you will not be able to
    create a partition in this 'freespace', since it is seen as a partition

    When 'unchecked' (the default), pt0 is OFF, and type 0x00 entries are
    seen as regular FREESPACE, available for creation of new partitions.

    Type 0x00 'partitions' are useful to HIDE such areas (temporarily) for
    the operating system, so it does not get mounted/attached or locked as
    long as it is being manipulated (by DFSee :)

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