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Kill is a program written by Joshua Brodsky for UDC to
delete multiple directories according to a wildcard
specification. Kill was completed 7/14/81. This
documentation file corresponds with KILL version 4A(3),
which was last updated 12/23/81.
Kill accepts the following commands in standard TOPS-20
This causes KILL to start the killing process.
Confirmation with CTRL/Y is required after you type return.
Then, a warning notice is output and killing begins. You
can type CTRL/C to get out of KILL in an emergency before
the message "Killing started" appears and no directories
will be killed.
This causes KILL to enter a confirmation mode where
each directory is listed and must be confirmed before it is
killed. Typing any other character for confirmation causes
the directory to be kept and kill stops. It is not
recommended to use the confirm mode when PUSHing.
EXCEPT (DIRECTORY) <DIRECTORY-NAME>
This command tells KILL to kill all directories in the
specification EXCEPT the one(s) listed with EXCEPT.
Wildcards can be used in the directory specification to keep
entire classes. This command is identical to the KEEP
command, except that input is from the terminal. You may
use more than one EXCEPT command per killing.
EXIT (TO MONITOR)
This causes KILL to exit to the monitor with no
killing. You may reenter your previous status with a
KEEP (DIRECTORIES IN FILE) FILE-NAME
This command causes KILL to read in directories from a
disk file and do EXCEPT's with them. They may contain
wildcards. More than one KEEP command can be used in a
killing. See the EXCEPT command.
KILL (SPECIFICATION IS) <WILDCARD>
This command changes the wildcard specification for
KILL to use when killing directories. See the examples
LIST (DELETED DIRECTORIES ON FILE) FILE-NAME
All deleted directories will be listed on the specified
file. This command is required for safety if no KILL
command has been given.
NOTIFY (LINE) LINE NUMBER
When KILL has completed killing, it can optionally
notify a terminal by its octal line number that it has
finished. This command is handy when a user wishes to run
KILL on a separate terminal, and do work on another.
PUSH (COMMAND LEVEL AND KILL)
This command is identical to BEGIN except that it also
PUSHes a command level at the same time while running, to
allow a user to do work while KILL runs.
TEST (KILLING MODE)
This command causes KILL to enter a test mode, where
all directories will NOT be killed, but simulated. In this
mode, KILL is harmless. (There is no way to reverse this
command except by restarting the program). This mode is
handy for testing which directories would be killed in a
real kill, without actually killing. This command is also
useful for getting familiar with KILL.
The user wishes to delete a class consisting of
ps:<0510> and all of its subdirectories:
[CONFIRM WITH CTRL-Y]^Y
KILLING STARTED ON.......
KILLING COMPLETED ON......
10 DIRECTORIES KILLED.....
The user wishes to delete all directories except those
listed in file DIRS.TXT:
TOPS-20 COMMAND LEVEL.....
The user wishes to kill all directories on PS: except those
in a file
KEEP.DIR. He wishes to run a test run first on the
lineprinter to make sure
he does not kill a directory he needs:
KILL>TEST (KILLING MODE)