I am resurrecting a large suite of dBase/Clipper programs designed for Medical Records. Among other things, it generates letters in Wordstar format. It all runs beautifully.
However, within Wordstar, the opening screen - which displays all the files in a given folder - only shows the first 300+ filenames. Some folders contain 500+ files. The last filename displayed is followed by an ellipsis ie RAMPM26 . . . which suggests Wordstar knows it has a limit.
My research suggests that MS Dos (under FAT32) can comfortably hold 65,000 files per directory. I assume vDos thinks it is at least FAT32 - I believe the original FAT12 did have a low limit on files per directory. My Wordstar manual makes no mention of any such limitations.
I am running vDos within Windows 10 - for my sins.
vDos doesn’t deal at all with low level things like how a drive is formatted. If Windows can access the drive, so can your program. Only exception would be that LFN’s on a drive for which Windows doesn’t create SFN’s are inaccessible. But your programs probably won’t even be able to create LFN’s.
It would be WordStar that limits the number of displayed files to 300 or so.
You could search for some utility that converts WordStar documents to for instance RTF, then open it with a Windows word processor. Or create RTF instead of WordStar documents.
Post by robertjsawyer on Aug 22, 2019 21:44:52 GMT 1
Jos is correct that this is a WordStar limitation.
However, you can set a filename mask for WordStar's directory display.
In WordStar 4.0, the mask is set by pressing "F" at the main menu (to turn off the file-directory display) then "F" again (to turn it back on, at which point you'll be prompted for the new filename mask, using ? and * wildcards).
In WordStar 5.0, 5.5, and 6.0, you can only set the filename mask from the classic menus (help level 3 or below), not at help level 4. Once at help level 0, 1, 2, or 3, you set the mask the by pressing F and then F again.
In WordStar 7.0 at help level 4 (pulldown menus), you set the mask with Alt-F, H (File menu, cHange filename display). And at help level 0, 1, 2, or 3, the command is F, then F again.