Qedit 5.8 for HP e3000

User Manual

Doc-To-Help Standard Manual


Program and manual copyright 1977-2005 Robelle Solutions Technology Inc.

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Updated Friday, August 08, 2008



Qedit and Suprtool are trademarks of Robelle Solutions Technology Inc. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.


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Welcome to Qedit 1

Introduction. 1

Documentation. 2

Change Notice. 2

Printed Documentation. 2

Documentation Download. 2

Other Documentation. 2

Printdoc Program.. 2

Other Manuals of Interest 2

Customer Support 3

Robelle Newsletter 3

QLIB and Bonus Contributed Software. 3

Notation. 4

New to Qedit 5.8. 5

Installing Qedit 7

General Installation Notes. 7

Who Should Use These Instructions?. 7

Summary of Installation Steps. 7

Qedit Compiler Interfaces. 7

Important Note About Passwords. 8

STREAMX Users. 8

Step 1: Install Qedit 8

Step 2: Install QLIB and Bonus Programs. 9

Building the Spell Dictionary. 10

Step 3: Install NM Compiler Interface. 10

Installing the Interface. 10

Compiling Instructions. 11

Step 4: Install CM Compiler Interface. 11

Choosing a CM Installation Method. 11

Integrating CM Compiler Changes. 11

Isolating CM Compiler Changes. 12

Step 5: Saving Disc Space. 12

Purging Obsolete Files. 12

Minimal Set of Files. 12

Moving Qedit to Another Account 13

Moving All the Files. 13

Redirecting the File Names. 14

Moving a "Hooked" Qedit 14

Running the MPEXHOOKed Qedit 14

Removing the Compiler Interface. 15

Removing the NM Interface. 15

Removing the Integral CM Interface. 15

Removing the Isolated CM Interface. 16

Getting a Quick Start with HP Full-Screen Editing 17

Introduction. 17

Starting Visual Mode. 18

Screen Layout 19

Home Line. 19

Status Line. 19

Text Lines. 19

Template Line. 19

Special Indicator Columns. 20

Using Your Keyboard. 20

Moving the Cursor 20

Editing the Text Lines. 20

Control Functions. 21

Reflection for DOS Keyboards. 21

Other PC Keyboards. 22

Function Keys. 22

Browsing Through Your File. 23

Cut-and-Paste. 24

Cutting Operations. 24

Pasting Operations. 25

Resetting Cut-and-Paste. 25

Copying a Block of Text 25

Cut-and-Paste Between Files. 26

Dividing and Gluing Operations. 26

Dividing Lines in Visual Mode. 26

Gluing Lines in Visual Mode. 27

Excluding Lines From Visual Mode Display. 27

Justifying Lines in Visual Mode. 28

Renumbering Lines. 28

Inserting Blank Lines. 28

Hold Files. 28

Marking Changes Without Using Line Numbers. 28

Paste from a Non-Qedit File. 29

Home Line Commands. 29

Finding Strings. 29

Changing Strings. 30

Help on Visual Mode. 30

Compile, Link, and Run. 30

Formatting Paragraphs. 31

Undoing Changes in Visual Mode. 31

Refreshing the Screen. 31

Other Line Mode Commands. 31

Truncated Home Line. 32

Exit from Visual 32

Getting a Quick Start with Line Mode Editing 33

Introduction. 33

Adding Lines to a File. 33

Looking at the File. 34

Browsing the File. 35

Searching the File. 35

Editing Lines. 36

Global Changes. 37

Copying Lines. 38

Moving Lines. 38

Deleting Lines. 39

Help Command. 39

Saving the File. 40

Open and Shut for Instant Access. 40

Running Qedit under MPE 41

Introduction. 41

Edit in Line Mode or in Full-Screen Mode. 41

Edit Several Files at Once. 42

Qeditmgr Configuration Files. 42

Limiting Compile Priority. 43

Default Set Commands. 43

Using Qedit in Batch. 43

Summary of Parm= Values. 44

From the Posix Shell 44

Exit and Entry Options. 44

Exit with Verify. 45

Info= First File to Edit 45

Random Name for Primary Scratch File. 45

"Discard Changes?" on Exit 45

Info= "-p 99" Specifies Parm Value. 45

Info= "-c cmdstring". 46

Parm 512 to Edit a Single File. 46

Info= An Empty File to Fill 47

Info= Temporary File. 47

Info= Can Create New Files. 47

Parm Values to Suspend or Not 47

Info= Commands Only. 48

Basicentry Option. 48

JCWs That Drive Qedit 49




RCRTSTRAPSGH for Handshaking. 51




QEDCURWFILE Variable. 54


Qedit for Microsoft Windows 55

Introduction. 55

Server Process. 55

Logon Sequence. 55


Log Files. 56

Qedit Issues and Solutions 59

Running Qedit with Reflection. 59


Using a Command File to Start Up. 59

Alt-Y vs. :Reflect 60

Qedit and Reflection File Transfers. 60

Form Feed Causing Return/Line Feed. 61

Typeahead and Visual Mode. 61

Completion Codes. 61

Controlling the PC.. 62

Accidental Exit from Reflection. 62

Changing the Exit Keystroke. 62

Running Qedit in MPE/iX.. 63

Unresolved Externals on MPE/iX 4.0. 63

Compiling on MPE/iX.. 63

XDB: the Symbolic Debugger 63

Command Files and Variables. 64

Visual Mode. 64

EOF vs. LIMIT.. 64

Disc Space for Files and Xltrim.. 64

Extents. 64

Qedit as the HPDesk Editor 65

Configuring HPDesk. 65

Configuring Qedit in HPDesk. 65

DeskQed. 65

Getting Programs to Read Qedit Files. 66

Qinput 67

Qcompxl 67

Qeditaccess Subroutine. 67

Qedify. 67

Qedify and $Include. 68

Editing Wide Files. 69

Using the New Command. 69

Using the Text Command. 69

Lines, Strings and Ranges. 70

Using Qedit with MPE Programming Languages 73

Introduction. 73

Editerr: Trapping Compiler Errors. 73

Limitations and Restrictions. 74

Linking PowerHouse with Qedit 75

Invoking PowerHouse from Qedit 75

Configuring Qedit as Your Editor 76

Editing PowerHouse Subfiles. 77


Selecting a Compiler 77

Sequence Numbers and Comments. 77

Tagging Source Changes. 78

Copylib Members. 78

Trapping Syntax Errors. 78


Pascal 79

C Language. 79

SPL. 80


RPG.. 80

BASIC.. 81

Segmenter 81

Common Uses of Qedit 83

Introduction. 83

Qedit as Word Processor 83

QNote UDC for Occasional Memos. 83

Justify Capability. 83

Check Spelling. 84

Prose: A Text Processor 85

Using TDP from within Qedit 86

Qedit as a File Utility. 86

Sorting a Range of Lines. 86

Searching Groups of Files for Strings. 86

Editing Data Files. 87

Editing Program Files. 89

Qedit as an Operations Tool 89

Editing Stream Files. 89

Native-Mode Output Spool Files. 90

Editing Bells, Tabs and Escapes. 90

Aborting All Users to Back Up. 90

Qedit Commands 93

Introduction. 93

General Notes. 93

Abbreviations. 93

Uppercase or Lowercase. 93

Multiple Commands per Line. 94

Comments on Command Lines. 94

STREAMX Warning. 94

Stopping Commands with Control-Y.. 95

Implicit Commands. 95

Function Keys. 95

Command Files and UDCs. 96

MPE Commands. 96

Differences from MPE. 96

Calculator Commands. 97


QEDCURWFILE Variable. 97

External Program Commands. 97

:Activate Command [AC/:A] 98

Add Command [A] 99

Add (Adding New Lines) 99

Add (Adding a String as a Line) 101

Add (Copying Lines within a File) 101

Add (Moving Lines within a File) 102

Add (Copying Lines Between Files) 103

Append Command [AP] 105

Backward Command [BA/F5] 106

Before Command [B] 107

:Beginfile and :Endfile Commands. 109

Change Command [C] 110

Change (Changing Strings) 110

Change (Changing Columns) 113

Close Command [CL] 114

Colcopy Command [COL] 115

Colmove Command [COLM] 118

:Compile Command [CO/:C] 121

Delete Command [D] 124

Destroy Command [DES/:D] 126

:Display Command [DISPLAY] 127

Divide Command [DI] 128

:Do Command [DO] 129

:Editerror Command [EDITERROR] 130

:Escape Command [ESCAPE] 132

Exit Command [E/F8] 133

Find Command [F/F4] 134

Findup Command [FINDU/F3] 136

Form Command [FORM] 137

Forward Command [FO/F6] 138

Garbage Command [GAR] 139

Glue Command [G] 140

Help Command [H/?] 141

Hold Command [HO] 142

:If, :Endif, :Else, :Elseif Commands. 143

Justify Command [J] 144

Keep Command [K] 150

:Kill Command [KI/:K] 154

List Command [L] 155

:Listredo Command [LISTREDO/F7] 167

:Listundo Command [LISTU] 168

Lsort Command [LS] 169

Merge Command [ME] 170

Modify Command [M] 172

New Command [N] 181

Open Command [O] 182

:Pause Command [PAUSE] 186

:Prep Command [PREP/:P] 187

Proc Command [P] 189

Q Command [Q] 191

/Qedit Command. 192

:Qhelp Command [QHELP] 193

:Redo Command [REDO] 194

:Reflect Command [REFLECT] 196

Renumber Command [REN] 198

Replace Command [R] 199

:Return Command [RETURN] 201

:Run Command [RU/:R] 202

Run, Implied. 205

:Segmenter Command [SEG/:S] 206

Set Command [S] 207

Account 209

Alias. 209

Autocont 211

Check. 211

Decimal 212

DL size. 212

Editinput 212

Expandtabs. 213

Extentsize. 213

Extprog. 214

Filename. 214


HFS. 215

Halfbright 216

Hints. 216

Hppath. 216

Increment 216

Interactive. 217

Justify. 217

Keep. 217

Language. 222

Left 224

Length. 224

Lib. 224

Limits. 224

List 225

Maxdata. 225

Modify. 226

Open. 227

Pattern. 228

Priority. 228

Prompt 229

Redo. 229

Right 230

RL file name. 230

Shift 231

Spell 231

Statistics. 232

Stringdelimiters. 232

Suspend. 233

Tabs. 233

Term.. 234

Text 235

Totals. 236

UDC.. 236

Undo. 237

Varsub. 237

Visual 238

Warnings. 248

Whichcomp. 248

Window.. 249

Work. 250

Wraparound. 251

X.. 252

YNone. 255

Zip. 255

Shut Command [SH] 257

Spell Command [SP] 258

:Stream Command [STREAM] 260

:Tdpfinal and :Tdpdraft Commands. 261

Text Command [T] 262

Undo Command [UN] 269

Up Command [UP/F2] 271

Use Command [U] 272

Verify Command [V] 273

Visual Command [VI/F1] 274

:While and :Endwhile Commands. 275

Words Command [W] 276

:Xltrim Command [XLTRIM] 277

Zave Command [Z] 278

ZZ Command. 279

User Defined Commands. 280

Command Files. 285

Calculator Command [=] 288

POSIX Commands [!] 291

Troubleshooting and Error Messages 293

Introduction. 293

Messages. 293

System Errors. 295

Quit Errors. 295

Errors in Visual 296

Using Visual with X.25. 296

Using Visual on MPE/iX.. 296

Accidental Invocation of MPE/iX CI 296

Using Visual on HP-UX.. 297

Terminals Supported by Visual 297

Problems with 700/9x Terminals. 297

Visual Error Messages. 297

Analyzing Compiler Problems. 299


Control-Y and NM Compiles. 300

How to Bypass Qcompxl 300

Problems with HP's C Compiler 300

Unresolved External Reference. 300

Illegal Characters. 300

Pascal/V Compiler Stack Overflow.. 300

File Formats 303

Introduction. 303

Qedit Workfiles. 303

Original Format Workfiles. 303

Jumbo Workfiles. 304

External Files. 305

Error Files for Editerror 307

Prefix Characters & Data. 307

User Routines 309

Introduction. 309

Wide Lines and User Procedures. 309

"Init" Interface Procedure. 310

"Com" Interface Procedure. 311

"Add" Interface Procedure. 312

"Exit" Interface Procedure. 312

Installing Your Interface Procedures. 313

Alternate Activation. 313

The Modify User Hook. 314

Writing a User Procedure. 314

DL Space. 315

Passing Procspace Values. 315

Communication Flags for User Code. 315

Qcopy 317

Introduction. 317

Accessing Qcopy. 317

Qcopy Documentation. 317

Qedit-Compatible Software Tools 319

Introduction. 319

Compare/iX.. 319


Adager 320

CCS - Corporate Computer Systems. 320

Reflection. 320

ROBOT.. 320

PowerHouse. 320

Splash for Native-Mode SPL. 321

Prose Text Formatter 321

Spell: Spelling Checker 321

Qhelp Help System.. 321


MPEX and STREAMX.. 321


Xpedit Full-Screen Editor 322

Nuggets. 322

Fantasia. 323

TDP. 323

Network Engine. 323

Regular Expressions 325

Introduction. 325

Metacharacters. 325

Character Class. 327

Escape Character 329

Escaped Sequences in Regular Expressions. 329

Backreferences in Regular Expressions. 330

Escaped Characters in Replacement String. 331

Qedit Glossary 333

Introduction. 333

Terms. 333

Abbreviating. 333

Batch. 333

Calculator 334

Column. 334

Command. 334

Control Character 335

Copylib Members. 335

CRT.. 336

Current Line. 336

Defaults. 336

External File. 336

File Names. 337

Full-Screen Editing. 337

Hold File. 338

J Option. 338

Jumbo Files. 338

Keep File. 338

Language. 338

Left 339

Length. 339

Line. 339

Linenum.. 339

Looping. 340

Margins. 340

Member 340

Memory Lock. 341

MPE Command. 341

Patterns. 341

Procedure. 342

Qeditscr 342

Quiet-Q Option. 342

Range. 343

Rangelist 343

Relative Line Numbers. 344

Right 345

Shifting. 345

Size. 345

Spool Files. 345

$Stdin / $Stdinx. 346

$Stdlist 346

String. 346

Tab. 346

Template-T Option. 347

UDC.. 347

Visual Editing. 347

Window.. 347

Workfile. 348

Special Characters. 348

? Means Help, Nonprinting Characters, Alphanumeric (in Patterns) or Optional (in Regexp) 349

$ Means Hex, Standard File, Memory Lock, List Option, Previous File or End-Of-Line (in Regexp) 349

^ Means Findup, Control-Char, Start-of-line (in Regexp) or Negate (in Regexp) 350

. Means Nonprinting, Reset, Decimal Point or Any Character (in Regexp) 350

! Means Posix Command or Too Long. 350

% Means Octal or String. 351

* Means Current, Refresh, Multiply or Quantifier (in Regexp) 351

\ Means Previous, String, Literal Match (in Regexp) or Special Characters (in Regexp) 352

/ Means Prompt, Range Delimiter, Stop, Exit, or Divide. 352

[ Means FIRST, [default] or Start Class (in Regexp) 353

] Means LAST or End Class (in Regexp) 353

{ } Are for Comments or Indentation. 353

@ Means ALL. 353

& Means Literal Match or Continue MPE Command. 354

: Means MPE or String. 354

; Means Multiple Commands. 354

, Means a List 355

= Means Copy or Calculate. 355

< Means Move, I/O Redirection or Backward Page. 355

> Means Forward Page, I/O Redirection, Modify or Qhelp. 355

" Means String. 356

( Means Start Parameter, Member, Command or Subpattern (in Regexp) 356

) Means End Parameter, Member, Command or Subpattern (in Regexp) 356

+ Means Ahead Some Lines, Add or Quantifier (in Regexp) 356

- Means Back Some Lines, Minus or Range (in Regexp) 357

# Means Numeric Pattern, Spool File or Previous Result 357

~ Means Spaces (Pattern), Recent Page or Field. 357

Welcome to Qedit

Welcome to Qedit, the fast, full-screen text editor for MPE and HP-UX. To get into Qedit, enter this MPE command:

:run qedit.pub.robelle

Qedit version 5.8 has screen-editing, function keys and commands:


































































Function Keys:

F1 Upd Next/Visual

F2 Roll Up

F3 Findup

F4 Find

F5 Backward

F6 Forward

F7 Do ===>

F8 Exit


Qedit comes with a User Manual and a Change Notice. You may have received printed copies of these. If you wish to have printed copies, you can order them by filling out the form on our web site.

Change Notice

For a complete description of the latest changes made to Qedit, the installation instructions, and any compatibility issues, see the change notice that was included with the release.

Printed Documentation

The latest user manual and change notice are available in Adobe PDF format. If you do not already have the Adobe Acrobat reader, you can get a copy from http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html. If you wish to have printed copies, you can order them by filling out the form on our web site.

Documentation Download

You can download the files from the Robelle web site at http://www.robelle.com/library/manuals/.

In addition to the Qedit User Manual and Qedit Change notice, there are other manuals that come with Qedit. Manuals for bonus programs and the contributed library are available in Robelle's Prose format, not in PDF format. They are found in the Robelle account on the HP e3000, and are printed using the Printdoc program. Printdoc prints the manual on your printer, whether LaserJet or line printer.

Printdoc Program

To print them on your printer, whether LaserJet or line printer, run the Printdoc program.

:run printdoc.pub.robelle

Printdoc is menu-driven, and very easy to use. Printdoc asks you for information, and if you are not sure of your answer, you can ask for help by typing a question mark (?) and pressing the Return key. There are two steps for printing a manual: first, choose one of the manuals on the menu; second, select a printer. Printdoc supports most types of LaserJet printers and regular line printers.

Other Manuals of Interest

You may want to print at least one copy of these manuals:

prose.qlibdoc.robelle {text formatter}

spell.doc.robelle {Bonus spelling checker}

contents.qlibdoc.robelle {contributed library}

howmessy.doc.robelle {Bonus database analyzer}

You can print any Robelle document if you know the file name. If you wish, you can include the file name in the :Run command. For example, to print the Spell User Manual, type

:run printdoc.pub.robelle;info="spell.doc.robelle"

When you purchase Qedit, customer support is included for the first year. After the first year, there is a yearly Maintenance fee. If you are a Right-to-Copy user at a branch of a larger company, you have two options. If you pay only the one-time Extra CPU surcharge, then you must obtain your support from your own corporate resources. If you wish to have support at your own location, you may obtain this by also paying the regular Maintenance fee. With this yearly support for Qedit, you are entitled to call with questions. Service also supplies you with a yearly update to Qedit.

Do you receive a copy of What's Up, DOCumentation?, our regular news memo about Robelle, MPE, and HP-UX? We distribute our news memos only to sites with current service. Your copy may be going to your corporate headquarters.

The lastest newsletter is also available from our Web site at www.robelle.com/newsletter/.

Qedit comes with an array of contributed software in the QLIB library (in the QLIB groups of the Robelle account). The tools in QLIB, such as Prose to print manuals, can be extremely handy. As well, your Robelle license may entitle you to receive our Bonus programs: Compare/iX, a file comparison tool, HowMessy, an analyzer for database efficiency, Select, a menu processor, Spell, an English spelling checker, and Xpedit, a VPLUS text editor.

If you have the Bonus programs, you may only use them on appropriately licensed CPUs; you may not give a Bonus program away. However, QLIB programs may be used on any CPU and given away freely.

To browse through the Robelle account, including QLIB, use our Select "menu" program. Select allows you to run programs, get help, and print manuals, all without knowing any MPE commands.

:run select.pub.robelle,qlib

Compare/iX compares two text files (Keep or Qedit format) and prints out the differences. The basic comparison unit is a line. Compare/iX identifies three types of differences: lines that are in the first file but not in the second; lines that are in the second file but not in the first; and lines that are in both files, but don't match. There is no Classic version of Compare/iX for MPE V.

HowMessy analyzes a database and prints a report on its internal efficiency, 10 to 20 times faster than similar programs. To access HowMessy, log on as the database creator in the same group as the database and enter:

:file loadrept;dev=lp;cctl

:run howmessy.pub.robelle

Enter database:CUSTMR

Spell is a spelling checker that reads a file and produces a list of misspelled words. Spell comes with an 80,000 word English dictionary, and you can add your own words into global or local auxiliary dictionaries. Spell reads Qedit files, and has an option to generate an error file that is compatible with the :Editerror command.

This manual uses a standard notation to describe commands. Here is a sample definition:

VERIFY [ @ | ALL ]

[ keyword ...]

1.        UPPERCASE - If the commands and keywords are shown in uppercase characters in a syntax statement, they must be entered in the order shown (example: ALL). However, you can enter the characters in either uppercase or lowercase.

2.        Lowercase, highlighted - These are "variables" to be filled in by the user (example: keyword). The variables may be highlighted by underlining or italics. Each such "variable" is defined elsewhere (see the "Qedit Glossary" on page 341 when you have trouble). In the Help command, highlighting is not available, so these variables appear simply in lowercase.

3.        Brackets - enclose optional fields (example: [ALL]).

4.        Braces - enclose comments which are not part of the command. However, braces and comments are accepted in actual Qedit commands.
/listq filename {Q means without line numbers}

5.        Up lines - separate alternatives from which you select (example: SET CHECK [ON|OFF]). The choices are sometimes listed on several lines without "up lines".

6.        Dot-dot-dot (...) - indicates that the variable may be repeated many times in the command.

7.        Other special characters - literal symbols that must appear in the command as they appear in the manual (for example, "=" in Add linenum = rangelist).

In examples, there is an implied Return key at the end of each line.

Control characters, generated by holding down Control while striking another key, are either spelled out (e.g., Control-H) or abbreviated with a circumflex prefix (e.g., ^H).

When Qedit asks you a question, the default answer is shown in [brackets]. The default is the answer that Qedit will assume if you press only the Return key.

Here are a few highlights of the new features in Qedit. For a complete list of changes, plus details on how to take advantage of all the new features, see the change notice that accompanied your tape. See the "Documentation" section on page 2 for instructions on how to print the change notice. All changes discussed in the change notice have been incorporated into the user manual and help file, but the change notice gives you everything new in one convenient document.

This section describes the latest enhancements to host-based Qedit and the server portion of Qedit for Windows. For information about enhancements to the client portion of Qedit for Windows, see the Qedit for Windows User Manual.


         Text command. The text command would fail with Integer Divide by Zero error when texting in some variable length or bytestream files.

         Regular Expressions. Qedit would improperly report the error "String longer than maximum allowed" if the expression specified is longer than the window of the rangelist.

Installing Qedit

Here we describe how to install and configure Qedit, and how to integrate it with your compiler tools. The following are general notes about installing Qedit.

Who Should Use These Instructions?

Use the following installation instructions if you have just purchased Qedit and are installing it for the first time. If you already have Qedit on your system, and are installing an update or pre-release of Qedit, you will find specific installation instructions in the change notice included with your tape.

TRIAL USERS: Refer to the Robelle Trial Handbook that accompanied your trial tape.

Summary of Installation Steps

To install Qedit, follow these steps:

1.        Install Qedit

2.        Install the QLIB and/or Bonus programs

3.        Fix the NM compilers (XL only)

4.        Fix the MPE V compilers (both systems)

5.        Save disc space (optional)

Qedit Compiler Interfaces

Qedit edits compact files of a special format called workfiles. In order to be able to compile these files without doing a Keep command, you must "fix" the MPE compilers. This applies to the Classic 3000 compilers (CM), which might exist on either an MPE V or MPE/iX system, and the NM compilers on MPE/iX only. The methods and installation steps are quite different between the CM and NM Qedit compiler interfaces.

Many third-party tools either read Qedit files already (e.g., PowerHouse, MPEX) or can be altered to read Qedit files (techniques for doing this are discussed here).

Important Note About Passwords

None of the jobs that we supply have passwords in them. Before streaming a job, you may have to add your system's passwords to the first line. Users of MPE XL version 3.0 and higher do not have to do this because the operating system prompts for missing passwords. The same is true for some MPE V users who have security software that inserts passwords. Most MPE V users have to edit the jobs. For example, if the system manager logon password is Qwerty, you would do the following:


HP32201A.07.22 EDIT/3000

/text robelle.job.robelle


/modify 1


!job robelle,manager.sys,pub;hipri


!job robelle,manager.sys/qwerty,pub;hipri


/keep robtemp



:stream robtemp

:purge robtemp


Users of STREAMX, a part of SECURITY/3000 from VESOFT Inc., must set a Job Control Word before streaming jobs. This step prevents STREAMX from generating an error if the Robelle account does not yet exist. For example,

:setjcw streamxtempnonest 1

:stream robelle.job.robelle

This step requires three separate procedures: restoring all Robelle files from tape to disc, building (or upgrading) the Robelle account using the job stream that we provide, and streaming the installation job stream. All these procedures can easily be accomplished if you log on as Manager.Sys.

Restore Files

First, you have to restore all the Robelle files from tape.

:hello manager.sys {log on as system manager}

:file rtape;dev=tape {mount Robelle tape}

:restore *rtape; @.@.@; create {=reply on the console}

Check the :Restore listing for files that could not be restored because they were busy for any of the following reasons: someone was using them, they are held as suspended son processes (menu system), they are allocated, or someone was backing them up! Chase away any users and deallocate any busy programs. Then try the :Restore again.

Create/Update Robelle Account

You must build (or upgrade) the Robelle account with the job stream we provide. Stream the job that builds and updates the Robelle account.

:stream robelle.job.robelle

If the Robelle account already exists on your system, the installation job preserves the current passwords.

If the account does not exist, it is created with the password XXXX. The Mgr.Robelle user does not have a password. You should change the passwords to something that will be hard for outsiders to guess.

:altacct robelle;pass={robelle account password}

:altuser mgr.robelle;pass={mgr.robelle user password}

Please note that during installation, we add OP capability to the Robelle account. When the Qedit installation is complete, you can, if you wish, remove the OP capability.

File Names

The Qedit program files are located in the Pub group of the Robelle account. These are the names of the various files:



NM Qedit program



CM Qedit programs



NM compiler interface



CM compiler interface



NM Qedit options



:Editerror support



reformat MPE V PMAP


Install Program Files

Our installation job installs Qedit. No one can be using these programs when you do the installation. Warn people not to use Qedit for a while, and then stream our installation job:

:hello mgr.robelle

:warn @;please exit from Qedit NOW!


:stream install.qeditjob {supply passwords}

Check the installation job $stdlist. If anyone was using Qedit or attempting to back it up, the job will fail. Chase away any users, ensure that backup is not in progress, then stream the installation job again.

The installation job renames your current versions of Qedit to the PubOld group of the Robelle account. If you need to move these versions back into production, use the Previous.QeditJob job stream.

You can now access Qedit by entering

:run Qedit.pub.robelle

If you wish to print manuals, move Qedit to another account, read on in this chapter for instructions.

Qedit comes with an array of contributed software in the QLIB library (in the QLIB groups of the Robelle account). QLIB programs may be used on any CPUs and given away freely. Your Robelle license may also entitle you to receive our Bonus programs: Compare/iX, HowMessy, Select, Spell, and Xpedit. These programs reside in the Pub group of the Robelle account. Bonus programs can only be used on authorized machines, and you may not distribute them to your friends.

If you received Bonus programs with this version of Qedit, use the job stream called Bonus.Job.Robelle to install both the QLIB and Bonus programs. If you did not receive Bonus programs, use the job stream Qlib.Job.Robelle to install the QLIB programs. If you skip this step, you may end up running old versions of these programs.

:hello mgr.robelle

:stream bonus.job.robelle {or Qlib.Job.Robelle}

Building the Spell Dictionary

The Spell Bonus program requires an additional install job to build its main dictionary. This job is required if you want to use Spell, and the Spell and Words commands in Qedit. By default, the American spellings are used. To use British spellings, modify the line that sets the SpellAmerican JCW so that the JCW is set to False. This job stream could take 30 to 60 minutes to complete; there is no reason to wait for it to finish before going on to the next step.

:run qedit.pub.robelle {or use :Editor}

/text dictmain.spjob

/modify "setjcw SpellAmerican" {for British spelling, }

/keep robtemp { change True to False}


:stream robtemp

:purge robtemp

See the Spell user manual for more information on using Spell.

On MPE/iX, if you use any NM compilers, you will want to install the new NM compiler interface. If you still use the CM compilers as well, you will want to install that compiler interface too, as described under step 4.

Installing the Interface

Assuming that you have Restored the Robelle files onto your system and that you have not done this step before, stream Savecmdf.Qeditjob to make backup copies of the existing HP command files in the Stdcmd.Sys group. You need to know the Manager.Sys password:

:stream savecmdf.qeditjob.robelle {wait for it to finish}

:listf @.stdcmd.sys

Then stream Qcompxl.Qeditjob to make changes to the Pub.Sys compiler command files.

:stream qcompxl.qeditjob.robelle

This stream makes the following changes to the files:

1.        Change the run of the compiler program to

;xl ="qcompxl.pubnew.robelle, qcompxl.pub.robelle",

2.        Add ";shr" to the File commands for the text and master files.

Compiling Instructions

At any point, either within Qedit or at the MPE/iX prompt, you now should be able to compile a Qedit file or a Keep file, just by invoking the normal command file:

:pasxl source {from MPE}

:run qedit.pub.robelle

/pasxl source {from Qedit}

Within Qedit, you can specify "*" for the current workfile:

:run qedit.pub.robelle

/text source

/pasxl *


:pasxl qeditscr

When installing Qedit on MPE/iX, you may have to install the NM compiler interface (described earlier) and the CM compiler interface (described here). MPE V, on the other hand, has only the original "CM" compilers to worry about. After Restoring the files from tape, you have to choose an installation method: integral or isolated.

Choosing a CM Installation Method

There are two methods of fixing the compilers on your system: integral into Pub.Sys or isolated in the Robelle account. The isolated method is best for new or trial-period users, because it is faster to install and easier to remove later. You can start with the isolated method and convert easily to the integral method later.

Integral Method. The compilers in Pub.Sys are "fixed" directly and a segment is added to the System SL. The standard :Cobol and :Pascal commands of MPE will then compile Qedit workfiles. :Sysdump is used to make a new cold load tape for the next time you must boot the system.

Isolated Method. The MPE compilers are copied into the Q.Robelle group and the original compilers are left in the Pub.Sys group. No code is added to the System SL. Because the "Qedit" compilers are not in Pub.Sys, you cannot compile Qedit workfiles except from within Qedit.

Integrating CM Compiler Changes

The job stream Qeditj1.Qeditjob.Robelle makes integral compiler fixes. Use it either to update the fixes to a new version or to re-install the fixes after a MPE update from HP. Because this job modifies the compiler program files in Pub.Sys, you should :Store @.Pub.Sys before starting and save the tape. You need another small tape for a new cold load tape.

Ensure that no one compiles until the installation is complete. Stop all jobs and send an operator warning. Log on as Manager.Sys, modify the first line of the Qeditj1 job to include the passwords, then :Stream the job.

:stream qeditj1.qeditjob.robelle

The job runs Qedify.Pub.Robelle to update the compilers in Pub.Sys and install nonprivileged hooks into them, so that they can access Qedit workfiles. The job adds a code segment from Qcompusl.Pub.Robelle into Sl.Pub.Sys and then requests a tape mount for a new cold load tape.

Mount a tape with a write ring and :Reply. Save this tape and use it for any future cold loads. The CM compiler interface is now installed. Compiles done inside or outside Qedit work on either Qedit workfiles or on regular Keep files.

Isolating CM Compiler Changes

The job stream Qeditj1a.Qeditjob.Robelle fixes the compilers, but isolates the changes in the Q.Robelle group. Ensure that no one compiles until the installation is complete. Stop all jobs and send an operator warning. Modify the first line of Qeditj1a to include the Robelle password, then stream the job:

:stream qeditj1a.qeditjob.robelle

The job uses Qedify.Pub.Robelle to copy the compilers from Pub.Sys to the Q.Robelle group, then "fix" them to read Qedit files. The original compilers in the Pub.Sys group are not modified. Once this step is completed you can use the CM compilers on Qedit files from within Qedit, but not at the MPE prompt.

There may be obsolete or unnecessary files in the Robelle account that you can remove to save disc space.

Purging Obsolete Files

If you have been a Qedit user for several years, you may have obsolete files in the Robelle account. For example, the file Qapply.Doc.Robelle is an older version of part of the Qedit User Manual. It should be purged.

To remove all obsolete files that were part of the Qedit product, stream the job Obsolete.Qeditjob.Robelle.

Minimal Set of Files

If you are extremely short of disc space, you can purge many files in the Robelle account after you complete all installation steps. The only files you must have to run Qedit are those listed below. Of course, if you have other Robelle products such as Suprtool, you do not want to purge the files needed for them, which are listed in their User Manuals.






optional NM run-time


allows BS priority


MPE/iX only


CM compiler interface


CM compiler routines


copies of CM compilers








for QMAP in :Prep command


to print manuals, you need this


and at least one font files


There are a number of jobs in the Purgejob.Robelle group which can help clean up the Robelle account of unwanted files. One in particular that you may want to use is Cleanup.Purgejob.Robelle. After you have completed the Qedit installation, Cleanup gets rid of all the pre-installation files.

:stream cleanup.purgejob.robelle

Although the Qedit program file is normally installed on the system Qedit.Pub.Robelle, you can move the program to any account and group that has PH and DS capability. There are some file names that are built into Qedit:





the Qedit help text


the hint-of-the-day file


help text for Qzmodify


for QMAP option of :Prep


etc., the CM compilers


a configuration file


NM run-time routines


Moving All the Files

Qedit follows the location of the program file in deciding what file names to open. If you move the Qedit program to the PUB group of the UTIL account, Qedit looks for the files listed above in that account rather than Robelle. If Qedit resides in a group named Pubnew (or Pubxxx), the three "help" files will be searched for in HELPNEW (or HELPxxx). The Qeditmgr file is always assumed to be in the same group as the Qedit program, while Qmap must be in the Pub group and the CM compilers in the Q group.

:hello mgr.util,pub

:fcopy from=qedit.pub.robelle;to=qedit.pub.util;new

:fcopy from=qloadxl.pub.robelle;to=qloadxl.pub.util;new

:fcopy from=qedit.help.robelle;to=qedit.help.util;new

:fcopy from=qedhint.help.robelle; &


:fcopy from=qzmodhlp.help.robelle; &


:fcopy from=qmap.pub.robelle; &


Redirecting the File Names

The Verify Account command shows what account Qedit searches for the Qeditmgr file, Qmap.Pub, and the CM compilers. Use Set Account to override the default. The Verify Filename command shows the names assumed for the "help" files and Set Filename allows you to override them.

Suppose you run Qedit in the Util account, but you don't want to move the rest of the files to that account. You would use Set Account Robelle and Set Filename commands to force Qedit to look back into Robelle for the files instead of in Util.

Moving a "Hooked" Qedit

When you install MPEX and the Vesoft account, they make a copy of Qedit in Pub.Vesoft and "hook" it for closer cooperation with MPEX.

:run qedit.pub.vesoft;lib=p

Since Qedit looks for compilers, help files, and other supporting files in the same account where the program resides, the hooked Qedit looks for those files in the Vesoft account. If you are on MPE/iX and you want I/O redirection of command files, copy the file Qloadxl from Robelle to Vesoft. Put the following Set commands in a configuration file named Qeditmgr.Pub.Vesoft:

/set account robelle {e.g., Cobol.Q.Robelle}

/set filename help qedit.help.robelle

/set filename hint qedhint.help.robelle

/set filename qzmodhlp qzmodhlp.help.robelle

/set extprog mpex.pub.vesoft com on

The Set Extprog command assumes that you want Qedit to explicitly pass % commands to MPEX, rather than have the "hook" intercept all % lines at every prompt in Qedit. It is desirable to handle % commands within Qedit this way, rather than through the hook, because it ensures that your current workfile is properly posted to the disc and it allows you to Add % commands into a file as data without executing them. To achieve this result, you must rehook Qedit with the Nopercent option:

:run mpex.pub.vesoft

%hook qedit.pub.robelle;nopercent {SM or Vesoft logon}

You may not find that you need a hooked Qedit, now that Qedit has a :Listredo stack and accepts the VESOFT-style shorthand ("," for Redo). Some remaining benefits of hooking Qedit are that the System Manager can Keep across account boundaries (but watch out for Creator name), and ACD information is retained from Text to Keep.

Running the MPEXHOOKed Qedit

The MPEXHOOK procedure, which intercepts file system calls made by Qedit, is activated differently based on whether the program to be executed is a native-mode or a compatibility-mode program. On Classic systems, or on Spectrum systems running compatibility-mode or OCT-mode Qedit, you run the hooked program with lib=p.

:run qedit.pub.vesoft;lib=p

Lib=P works equally well with the native mode version of Qedit. However, with Qedit/iX, you can specify an XL file instead of the Lib parameter:

:run qedit.pub.vesoft;xl="mpexhknl.pub.vesoft"

The hooked version will work version either way. The Lib parameter is there for MPE compatibility reasons (Classic vs PA-RISC). The XL file parameter is the "correct" way of doing it on MPE/iX.

The following sample User Command, which can be used to run the hooked version of Qedit, determines if Qedit is native-mode or compatibility- mode, and invokes it accordingly.

parm runparm=0

if finfo("qedit.pub.vesoft",9)="NMPRG" then

run qedit.pub.vesoft;xl="mpexhknl.pub.vesoft";parm=!runparm


run qedit.pub.vesoft;lib=p;parm=!runparm


VESOFT advises that you be running MPEX version 23.11115 or later, so that the Keep-across-accounts feature will work properly with Qedit/iX.

If Qedit/iX aborts with quit parm -50 or -1041, this indicates that the MPEXHOOK support routines are not correctly installed on your system. You will have to stream the VESOFT-supplied job Veproc.Job.Vesoft. If the hooked Qedit/iX still aborts after running this job, you will need to contact VESOFT for a software update.

If you remove Qedit from your system, you will want to revert to the original MPE compilers. Once you remove the compiler interface you can no longer compile Qedit workfiles. you may either Keep them with Qedit, or use the contributed program Qcopy.Qlib.Robelle to convert them to Keep files.

If you did an integral installation of the CM compiler interface, you now do an integral removal. If you did an isolated installation, you now do an isolated removal.

Removing the NM Interface

Reverting to the original NM compilers is a simple matter of going back to the original command files. You should have saved those in @.Stdcmd.Sys. Purge the command files in Pub.Sys, such as Pasxl, and Rename or Copy the originals from Stdcmd.Sys.

Removing the Integral CM Interface

Qeditj3.Qeditjob.Robelle removes the Qedit CM compiler interface that had been integrated into MPE. The original compilers are Restored and the CM Interface is removed from the system SL. If you are on MPE V, a new cold load tape is created.

Ensure that no one compiles for the next half hour. Stop all jobs and send an operator warning. Log on as Manager.Sys, modify the first line of the Qeditj3 job to include the passwords, then :Stream the job.

Qeditj3 first attempts to :Restore the original compilers from a backup tape (you can use the last Hewlett-Packard update tape). Mount the tape and :Reply on the console. It then removes the Qedit interface segment from Sl.Pub.Sys and requests a tape to make a new cold load tape. Please mount a blank tape with a write ring and :Reply. Save this tape and use it on your next cold load.

Removing the Isolated CM Interface

Qeditj3a.Qeditjob.Robelle removes the isolated CM compiler interface from the Robelle account, leaving you only the original ones in Pub.Sys. Ensure that no one compiles or uses Qedit until this job finishes. Stop all jobs and send a warning to all users. Modify the first line of Qeditj3a to include the Robelle account password and stream the job.

Qeditj3a purges fixed compilers from the Robelle account, removing the interface.

Getting a Quick Start with HP Full-Screen Editing

Qedit aims to provide everything an MPE or HP-UX programmer could need to write COBOL, PowerHouse, or other programs, and to prepare documentation. Therefore, Qedit has Line mode for batch editing and full-screen mode for interactive editing. On HP terminals, Qedit's full-screen mode is called Visual mode.

Qedit's Visual mode is a powerful but friendly full-screen editor designed specifically for programmers. It gives you full access to the editing capabilities of your terminal in block-mode, with low system overhead. You can move, copy, mark and delete blocks of text with Visual's cut-and-paste functions, and page backward and forward through your file with function keys. To use Visual mode, you must have an HP terminal or an HP terminal emulator (e.g., Reflection from WRQ).

NOTE: As of HP-UX 11.0, HP has dropped support for block-mode terminals. For this reason, full-screen editing is only available in Screen mode on HP-UX 11.0 and later.

In Visual mode, you have access to all Line mode commands (including UDCs, command files, compiling, linking and running programs, shell scripts, and string searching and changing). Qedit's search and replace functions aim to be simple, fast and powerful (e.g., ignore embedded words, etc.). The Undo command allows you to cancel any previous edits to your file, working back to the state at which you started. Using the optional Open and Shut feature, you can switch between files instantly. With the Justify command, the Prose text formatter and the Spell checker, you can format documents such as memos and manuals.

Visual mode is a good introduction to the HP operating systems for users who don't work on HP computers all day. Those who may particularly benefit are novice users, or users who run Qedit only to update a report skeleton once a week. These occasional users no longer have to memorize editing commands. Visual mode provides a familiar environment where novices can make changes to the entire screen, just as they do on PC editors. You can even configure some electronic mail packages (HPDesk, elm), to put your users directly into Visual mode when they edit a message.

After you have invoked Qedit, and Texted or Opened a file, you switch from Line mode to Visual mode by typing VI or pressing F1. If you don't have a file open, Qedit opens a scratch file and, if empty, fills it with a screenful of blank lines.

VI [ linenum | "string" ] or press F1

(Default: linenum = *)

Whereas in Line mode you type in command and text lines ending each with a Return, in Visual you edit a full screen of text in block-mode using the terminal keyboard. Since your terminal is off-line from the computer, you can use its cursor and editing keys. You edit by moving the cursor around the screen, inserting and deleting lines and characters. Press Enter to save your changes. To move through the file, you have the convenience of eight function keys, such as F6 Forward One Page.

Visual mode in Reflection for Windows, showing cut-and-paste indicators

You copy, move, hold, and delete blocks of text easily by placing "cut-and-paste" indicators at the start of the line. You may type Line mode commands at the home line ===> and execute them via the Enter or the F7 key. Combining the cut-and-paste functions with the Open and Shut commands, you can also copy and move text quickly between different Qedit files. Use the ZZ cut-and-paste indicator with any command to mark text easily.

The Set Visual command controls how Visual mode operates and allows great latitude in configuring Visual to your own liking. For example, you can choose to have automatic update; decide where the current line or cursor appears; and select how many lines will carry over when you page up or down.

When you are done, exit Visual mode using F8, then Keep or Shut your file. Press F8 again to leave Qedit.


Okay 1691.75 WFILE.DOC.TACCT "verify"(u) Move Ready

* procedure abc;

+1 begin

+2 integer def;

// ....+....10...+....20...+...


The screen starts with the home Line, followed by the status Line, several text Lines, and ends with the template Line. Columns 3 and 4 of text lines sometimes contain special characters and are called the indicator columns.

Home Line

You type commands, search for strings and for line numbers after the ===> on the home line.


These are executed when the F7 or Enter key is pressed.

The home line is also used by Qedit to print error messages. You must clear the error message by pressing the F7 or Enter key before you can type another command in the home line.

Status Line

The second line shows the status, the current line number (i.e., that of the * line), the name of the file you are editing, the current string with its window, and any pending cut-and-paste task.

Okay 1691.75 WFILE.DOC.TACCT "verify"(u) Move Ready

If you have Texted a file into Qeditscr, the status line shows the name of the Text file, which is also your default Keep file.

Text Lines

By default you see the * (current) line and 19 lines after it. Each line is prefixed by the relative line number, and two columns for special indicators.

* procedure abc;

+1 begin

+2 integer def;

Use Set Vis Above and Set Vis Below to adjust the number of lines shown above and below the current line.

Template Line

The last line has // and a column template. The // signals end-of-screen to Qedit and must not be erased.

// ....+....10...+....20...+...

Visual uses more than 76 columns for text on Reflection, Qcterm, a 2393/97, 2626, or 700/9x terminals.

Special Indicator Columns

Qedit leaves columns 3 and 4 of the text lines for you to enter cut-and-paste operators (i.e., MM, CC, HH, etc.). Also, Qedit may print one of two special indicators in these columns:


line extends beyond the visible right margin


line contains control characters, shown as dots

An ! means the line extends beyond the right terminal margin. To shift the screen image left, type Set Left 55 at the Visual home line and press F7.

A ? means the line contains nonprinting characters such as Nulls, Escapes, Bells, Tabs or possibly Roman-8 extended characters. Qedit replaces these characters with dots (.) in Visual mode, and does not allow you to make changes. These ? lines are not updated when you press Enter.

To edit Bells, Escape sequences, Tabs, ShiftOuts and ShiftIns in Visual, use Set Vis Bell, Set Vis Esc, Set Vis Tab, Set Vis SO and Set Vis SI. All these specify substitute characters to be shown instead of dots. To edit other control codes, use Modify or Change from the ===> line. If you turn Set Editinput Extend Off, Qedit regards Roman-8 characters as nonprinting noise and show them as dots.

In Visual mode, the keyboard gives you the power to move around the screen, edit text, and control the flow of Qedit.

Moving the Cursor

You move around the screen using the cursor keys and others:


Cursor Left

Move one space to left


Move one space to left

Cursor Right

Move one space to right

Cursor Up

Move one space up

Cursor Down

Move one space down


Down to next line, back to column 5

Home Up

Move to ===> line


Move to bottom of screen


Move to next right Set TAB column


Move to next left Set TAB column

Prev Page

Only moves around terminal memory

Next Page

Only moves around terminal memory


Editing the Text Lines

You revise the screen image using these keys:


Space bar

Move cursor right and erase character

any char

Overwrite cursor and move it right

Del Char

Remove character at current cursor

Ins Char

Enable "insert"; use again to disable

Ins Line

Insert blank line above current line

Del Line

Delete line at current cursor

Clear Line

Erase to the end of the line

Clear Display

Avoid! Recovery: Home Up,*,F7


To save the changes you have made on the screen,



Send screen image to Qedit, update file


Control Functions

To return from Visual mode to Line mode:



exit from Visual


Some other keys:



Useless in Qedit


Do not use in Visual


Disabled in Visual


Use if screen locks up, press Enter


First key of Escape sequences


Does not delete anything!


Reflection for DOS Keyboards

If you are using a PC with Reflection for DOS, you need to map the PC keys into the HP keys.

Note that the PC keyboard has two keys labeled Enter, which are used differently in Qedit. The Enter key above the Right Shift key is called the Return key in this manual, and is used to execute commands in Line mode. In Visual mode, this key moves the cursor down by one line. The other Enter key (on the numeric keypad) is called the Enter key, and is used to update the screen in Visual mode.

Here are the default Reflection keystrokes for common functions:


Terminal Keyboard

Reflection Key Sequence


Enter on the numeric keypad. If that doesn't work, try the "+" on the numeric keypad, or try Shift-F10

Home Up




Ins Line


Del Line


Clear Line


Clear Display

Alt-J (avoid in Visual!)

User keys


System keys

F10 (then F7 for help)


Additional Functions

Reflection Key Sequence

Begin Line (Column 1)


End Line


Help about Reflection





Other PC Keyboards

AdvanceLink is similar (Alt-H is help, Alt-I is Insert Line, Alt-D is Delete Line), but Clear Line is Alt-L, and Enter is Alt-F3. Other terminal emulators have their own keystrokes for common functions. See your emulator's manual for details.

Much of the convenience of Visual mode is due to the power built into the eight user function keys: F1 through F8.


Update and go to next page


Roll Up Screen n lines, as per Set Vis Roll


Findup (search back for current string)


Find (search ahead for current string)


Backward One Page


Forward One Page


Execute command typed in ===> line


Exit from Visual back to Line mode


F1: Update and Go to Next Page

Qedit reads the current page and updates the file, then displays the next page. The F1 key combines the Enter key and F6 (Forward) in a single key. However, F1 does not execute any command typed in the home line as the Enter key would.

F2: Roll Up Screen

Qedit clears the screen and displays a new one that is rolled up n lines (default: 6), where n is controlled by Set Vis Roll.

F3: Findup - Previous String

Qedit searches backward in the file, starting from the * line, until it finds a line that contains the current string. Qedit clears the screen and displays a new page, with * positioned at the line that contains the found string. Visual also displays the target string on the Status line.

Before you can use F3, you must establish the string for which to search. Type the string in quotes prefixed by a circumflex (^"string") at the ===> on the home line and press F7, to do the first Findup.

F4: Find - Next String

Qedit searches forward in the file, starting from the * line, until it finds a line that contains the current string. Qedit clears the screen and displays a new page, with * positioned at the line that contains the found string. Visual also shows the target string on the Status line.

Before you can use F4, you must enter the target string. Type the string in quotes ("string") at the ===> on the home line and press F7, to do the first Find.

F5: Backward One Page

Qedit clears the screen and displays the previous page. By default, the top line of the original screen becomes the bottom line of the new screen. Use Set Vis Carry to change the number of lines carried over to the new screen.

F6: Forward One Page

Qedit clears the screen and displays the next page. By default, the bottom line of the original screen becomes the top line of the new screen. Use Set Vis Carry to change the number of lines carried over to the new screen.

F7: Execute a Command

Use the F7 key to execute commands. The current screen is not updated, unless you have Set Vis Update On. Type whatever command you want to execute after the ===>. This includes "strings" to find, Qedit Line mode commands such as Open or Justify, MPE commands, calculator commands (=5/6), and special Visual commands (e.g., * for Refresh, ? for Help). Then press F7. Qedit reads only the home line and executes the function. To first save your screen changes and then execute, use Enter instead of F7.

See the section "Home Line Commands" for complete details.

F8: Exit from Visual

To return from Visual mode to Line mode, use the F8 key. Press F8 again once you are in Line mode to exit Qedit and return to MPE (: prompt). If for some reason F8 fails to exit from Visual, type / at the ===> and press F7 or the Enter key. This should get you back to Line mode.

Line Number. Move to a specific line (e.g., to line 45).

===>45 F7

> and <. Move ahead or back a page. Use with a number to move several pages (e.g., ahead 3 pages).

===>>3 F7

+ and -. Move forward or backward any number of lines (e.g., back 200 lines). If you do not specify a number, the default is the number of lines configured by Set Vis Roll.

===>-200 F7

~ The Tilde Key. Return to the "most recent" screen. If you jump from line 1500 to line 451, ~ sends you back to 1500. This is handy if you jump briefly to another part of your file to check something then want to get back to your original location.

The tilde is also available from line-mode but it has to be enabled by removing it from the list of string delimiters. In order to do this, you could do the following:

/V stringd

Set STRINGDelimiters "|\~{}[]_@?!#>%&:'"

/S stringd "|\{}[]_@?!#>%&:'"

Notice that tilde has been removed from the delimiter list entered on the Set command.

===>~ F7

FIRST and LAST. Move to start or end of file.

===>first F7

Scrollup Character. This character can be entered in the cut-and-paste columns to scroll up in the file. A single character scrolls the number of lines defined by Set Visual Roll. If the character is entered more than once, Qedit scrolls up that many times the number of Roll lines. For example, enter 4 minus signs anywhere to scroll 4 X Roll lines. The default scrollup character is a minus sign. It can be changed to something else with Set Visual Scrollup.

It is never necessary to remember line numbers in full-screen mode. Visual allows you to mark, hold, move, copy, replicate, or delete a block of text, all visually. This is called "cut-and-paste" and is done by putting special indicators in the two blank columns at the left of each text line before you press the Enter key. For example, DD indicates a