TICKFB by Erik VanRiper 1:107/230
What it is:
TICKFB is a little utility I wrote to create a .BAT file for MAXIMUS
2.0's FB.EXE and Barry Geller's TICK.EXE.
TICKFB is free (in a non-commercial environment). Therefore, there
is no warrenty, expressed, implied, imploded, exploded, under, over, etc.
I have 67 file areas. Every time (about 4 times a day) I got in a
.TIC file, I would have to thrash my HD all over again. Not too much fun
to listen to. This program creates a .BAT file to only compile those areas
that you got in .TIC files for.
Command line arguments:
TICKFB D:\MAX\FBRUN.BAT AREA.DAT [D:\MAX\TICKFB.CTL]
The first argument is the name and path of the .BAT file that you
The second one is the name of your AREA.DAT.
The last argument (optional) is the name and path of the TICKFB.CTL
I found that my .TIC areas do not match my AREA.DAT areas, so I
wrote into the program the ability to substitute area names. Here is the
.TIC Name MAX Name
The column headers DO NOT go in the .CTL file. For example, I put
my NODEDIFF's and FIDONEWS' in the same area, and call it NEWS. So, I
don't want FB to compile FIDONEWS and NODEDIFF, as those areas do not
exist. TICKFB will write out NEWS instead for both these areas.
If there are 100 .TIC files in your inbound directory, and they are
all for the area PDNCEE, TICKFB will only write CEE to the .BAT file once.
Also, TICKFB will use the .TIC area name as a default, UNLESS there is a
substitution found in the .CTL file. In other words, TICKFB will not cause FB
to run multiple times for the same file area.
How to use:
In my master .BAT file, I simply check for the existence of *.TIC. If
there are any, I change directory into my inbound area, run TICKFB, then go to
my support directory and run TICK. Then I go to my MAX directory and call the
newly created .BAT file. Looks like this:
if exist d:\bink\file\*.tic goto tick
tickfb d:\max\fbrun.bat area.dat d:\max\tickfb.ctl
tick >> d:\bink\tick.log
You can delete FBRUN.BAT when you are finished if you want, TICKFB will
just write over the old one.
In case you need them:
1 Processed .TIC files
0 No .TIC files found.
Written in C. Available on request.
Where I can be reached:
Via NetMail, or in the Maximus support conference MUFFIN.
/* Erik */