SCOUG Logo


Next Meeting: Sat, February 20, 2021
Meeting Directions


Be a Member
Join SCOUG

Navigation:


Help with Searching

20 Most Recent Documents
Search Archives
Index by date, title, author, category.


Features:

Mr. Know-It-All
Ink
Download!






SCOUG:

Home

Email Lists

SIGs (Internet, General Interest, Programming, Network, more..)

Online Chats

Business

Past Presentations

Credits

Submissions

Contact SCOUG

Copyright SCOUG



warp expowest
Pictures from Sept. 1999


The views expressed in articles on this site are those of their authors.

warptech
SCOUG was there!


Copyright 1998-2021, Southern California OS/2 User Group. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

SCOUG, Warp Expo West, and Warpfest are trademarks of the Southern California OS/2 User Group. OS/2, Workplace Shell, and IBM are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.

The Southern California OS/2 User Group
P.O. Box 26904
Santa Ana, CA 92799-6904, USA

SCOUG OS/2 For You - February 1998


Making Archives Work for You

by Rollin White

OS/2 includes an archive facility for backing up your desktop and other essential OS/2 information. If you're not archiving already, you should be periodically using this feature. Open the Properties for your desktop, then select the Archive chapter. Click the check box to "Create an archive at the next system startup." Shutdown, restart to make the archive, then go back and turn the archive feature off.

The archive feature is based on a file named OS2.KEY in the \OS2\ARCHIVES directory. Each file is preceded by the keyword "KEYFILE." By default, it lists the following files:

OS2.INI
OS2SYS.INI
C:\CONFIG.SYS
C:\STARTUP.CMD
C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT
C:\OS2INIT.CMD

Because this is just a plain text file, we can edit it and add some files of our own that we would like archived along with the system files. The OS2.KEY file is read-only, so the first step is to remove the read-only flag. From an OS/2 window, type

ATTRIB -r \OS2\ARCHIVES\OS2.KEY

Then load the file into your editor such as the Enhanced Editor. Add a new line to the file with the keyword KEYFILE. For example:

KEYFILE: C:\TCPIP\BIN\TCPSTART.CMD

Finally save the file. It's not mandatory that you turn the read-only flag back on, but it is recommended. To do so, use the command:

ATTRIB +r \OS2\ARCHIVES\OS2.KEY

If you turn on the archive feature and restart your system, your new entry will be archived. To confirm that your file was archived, take a look at the \OS2\ARCHIVES\01 directory. You will see a file named 5 that should be the same size, date, and contents as your file!


The Southern California OS/2 User Group
P.O. Box 26904
Santa Ana, CA 92799-6904, USA

Copyright 1998 the Southern California OS/2 User Group. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

SCOUG is a trademark of the Southern California OS/2 User Group.
OS/2, Workplace Shell, and IBM are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.
All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.