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Beyond FTP Feature Tour

Beyond FTP Script Editor - List Commands  

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The List Command Toolbar allows you to insert various commands as lists into your script automatically.  The icons clockwise are: Insert Server Lists, Insert File Actions, Insert ReQueue Commands, and Insert Transfer Modifiers.


A Server_List is a list containing references to Address Book entries. Server lists provide a


shorthand mechanism for generating actions against a set of Beyond FTP or FTP servers with a single command. A number of actions support server lists as part of a file name, including the From/To, Rename_File/To, Append/To, Queue_Distribution, and Delete_Files commands.

There are two classes of server lists: static and dynamic. A static server list is fully defined within a script. Static lists may be constructed manually or with the support of the Insert Server List dialog. A dynamic server list is referenced within a script, but the actual server information is loaded from the address book or from a list created with the Insert Server List dialog. The script compiler resolves a reference to a dynamic list by using the current version of the list. Dynamic lists have the advantage of allowing you to modify the server list or the address book without having to modify the script itself. The script need only be recompiled. Dynamic server lists need not be declared. However, if you are loading from the address book, you must use the Load variant of the Server_List command.


The Insert File Actions dialog allows you to use the Drag and Drop features of the File


Viewer panes to build a list of From/To transfer actions. It also allows you to use the browsing features to add Rename_File/To, Delete_File, and File_Properties commands to the list.
The four panes reproduce the two File Viewer Windows of the Beyond FTP Home Display, and operate in the same way. This is a modeless dialog. This means that you can operate the rest of the program while the dialog is active. This allows you to maintain your address book entries or perform any other file actions during the time you are inserting file actions. It also allows you to see those actions as they are placed in the scripts, and to choose different locations in the script for each action.

Two context sensitive menus provide access to certain address book and file viewer functions. All actions result in commands being added to the script.


The Insert Requeue Commands dialog provides an easy way to create lists of Requeue


commands for error handling when a script action fails. The action will either be placed back in the processing queue to be tried again (hence the keyword Requeue) or it will be marked as completed with an error.
This dialog provides a simple toolbar that allows you to create new entries, delete and edit selected entries, and browse the Beyond FTP error list for the definitions associated with our error numbers. The Load Defaults button will load up the default values maintained in the Set Transfer Defaults dialog.

Any number of Requeue commands may be used in a script to construct a list that is checked each time a failure occurs. The ordering of this list is very important. It is checked sequentially, with any conflicts being resolved by accepting the values of the most recent command. That is, when two commands specify instructions for the same error number, the most recent command controls.


The Insert Transfer Modifiers dialog is used to insert modifier commands for controlling


file transfer actions. They may occur anywhere in the script, and modify the transfers that follow their occurrence. These commands control transfer initialization, archiving, and speed. All three modifier keywords are inserted at the current cursor location whenever this dialog is used. It consists of two sets of radio buttons and a slider for setting transfer speed.

The Transfer Filter button allows you to create a File_Date_Filter command. The filter is applied not only to transfers , but to renames , appends and deletes. It is also applied to Run command file expansions.


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