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The HELP command prints information about system features on your
terminal. You can select this information from the following
file structures: HLP:, NEW:, OLD:, DOC:, and SYS:.
Prints instructions for using the variations of the HELP command.
Lists the names of features for which HELP is available, all the
monitor commands, all site-specific commands, all user-defined
(declared) commands, all the monitor SET commands, the monitor
SET TTY commands, the terminal types supported by TOPS-10, and
the SET WATCH commands.
Where: name is the name of a feature or program for which the
monitor has a HELP file. Only the first six
alphanumeric characters are read by the HELP program.
Where: dev: is the file structure that the file is on.
name is the name of the program or feature for which
you want help.
If the specified feature does not have a HELP file on
the specified device, or if you do not specify the
device, the devices are searched in the following
HLP:, SYS:, NEW:, OLD:, DOC:
You can change the search order by changing your job
search list. For more information, see the SETSRC
command help file SETSRC.
You can use the asterisk wildcard construction (*) instead of the
feature name, for information about all the HELP available on the
specified device. (See examples.) You cannot use the asterisk
(*) to specify the device name.
Because of the 6-character limit on file names, some of the help
file names can be cryptic. The file names for the commands
topics are fairly straightforward and, although truncated to
6-characters, can be understood. (For example, PASSWO is the help
file for the PASSWORD command.) However, help files are provided
for such general topics as line continuation (LNCONT), compiler
switches (COMSWI), and directory paths (DIRPAT) and the file
names for these topics may be difficult to ascertain. These
general topics and their help file names are listed below:
Help file Topic
ATSIGN Indirect Commands (@ Construction)
ANGLEB The Angle-Bracket (< >) Construction
CHRCOD SIXBIT/ASCII Character Codes
CMDARG Command Arguments
COMSWI Compiler Switches
COMCMD Compile-Class Commands
CRDCOD ASCII Card Codes
DEFCOM The Default Compiler
DELKEY The DELETE Key
DEVHND Device-Handling Commands
DEVNAM Device Names
DIRNAM Directory Names
DIRPAT Directory Paths
DTARGS Date-Time Arguments
EQUAL The Equal (=) Construction
ERSNAM Ersatz Device Names
FILEXT File Name Extensions
FILHND File-Handling Commands
FILNAM File Names
FISPEC File Specification
FNCCMD Functional Groups of Commands
INFCMD Information Commands
JOBCTL Job-Control Commands
LNCONT Line Continuation
LNKSWI LINK Switches
MICCTL MIC Commands
NETCMD Network Commands
NEWUSE Introductory Help to TOPS-10 Commands
PCODES Protection Codes
PLUS The Plus (+) Construction
PRGCTL Program-Control Commands
PRGPRE Program-Preparation Commands
RESPPN Reserved Project-Programmer Numbers
SERLST Search Lists
SWINI SWITCH.INI Files
SWITCH Command Switches
SYSDEF System Defaults
TEMFIL Temporary Files
TERCTL Terminal-Control and Terminal Communication
UCMNDS User-Definable Commands
WLDCRD Wildcard Constructions
The various SET commands have their own help files and they are
listed in the general-topic help file SET.
Does an autopush, so it preserves your core image.
Runs the HELP program.
Leaves your terminal at monitor level.
Does not require LOGIN.
For information about the HELP command, type HELP.
The HELP command prints information about the system on your
terminal. Use one of the following constructions for specific
Prints out this message.
Prints out the names of all subjects for which there is help.
Use one of these subjects as the name in the next construction.
HELP * also prints out the names of the system commands, the
names of site-specific commands, the names of job-specific
commands, the names of the SET commands, the names of the SET
DEFAULT commands, the names of the SET TTY commands, the names of
the SET WATCH commands, and the supported terminal types.
Prints all the information available about the subject "name".
Prints information about the DIRECT command/program.
Prints out the names of all subjects for which there is help
available from the specified library device. The standard system
library devices are:
SYS: NEW: OLD: HLP: DOC:
Prints a list of all the information available in NEW:.
Prints information about the specified subject in the specified