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2017-01-08 01:15

Registered: Feb 2006
Posts: 17
Release id #152591 : SD2IEC Kernal 1.0

(Moving the discussion of wedge to a forum post)

If feasible, it would be nice to get the Big Three DOS wedge commands:

@ (command channel)
/ (load ,8)
% (load ,8,1)

The browser is a nice option, but the direct route is handy as well if both can be supported.
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2017-01-11 09:47

Registered: Jun 2012
Posts: 19
Comment on sd2iec-devices blocking the tape port; yes, this is probably the case with most external SD2IECs, but a lot of people are also installing these inside the machine, and then all the ports are free.

I think DOS Wedge is a good idea despite the file browser. You can make use of the command channel for other things apart from browsing the directories / disk images, too.

Although, if you need the command channel shortcuts only occasionally for, let's say, configuring the sd2iec for example, you can always use the software DOS Wedge that came with 1541 demo disk.

Great idea with this KERNAL, though I haven't tried it yet :)
2017-01-11 20:27

Registered: Feb 2006
Posts: 17
Using the command channel to set up a swap list (@XS) is pretty important and a fairly frequent task. (Or does the browser support the XS function?)
2017-01-11 20:44

Registered: Oct 2012
Posts: 23
Oh, I have never used that (always use autoswap.lst). Hm, I am nearly finished with the monitor and like a quite a bit. Only 41 bytes left now, let's see what can fit into that... :/. A tiny tiny wedge with @ command channel support might be feasible.
2017-01-15 13:53

Registered: Oct 2012
Posts: 23
Some update: I meanwhile decided against the memory monitor, as this is probably rarely useful and could be loaded from a file for the few occasions where it is needed.

Instead I was able to include a wedge, for now including

@ for printing the error channel
@[command] for sending commands to the drive
@#[num] for selecting the device number

I will try to include selecting swap lists in the browser, too.

Adding load&run is also on my list: do you think this could simply replace the "load ,8" in the browser? Or does anyone feel the need to load programs ,8 and not execute them right away?
2017-01-15 15:56

Registered: Jun 2004
Posts: 8
Quoting Claus_2015
Adding load&run is also on my list: do you think this could simply replace the "load ,8" in the browser? Or does anyone feel the need to load programs ,8 and not execute them right away?

Can be optional, like on Action Replays:
F1-load & run
2017-01-15 16:11

Registered: Oct 2012
Posts: 23
At the moment, you can press Return in the browser to load,8,1 or Shift-Return to do load,8. Adding a third option would require a new key unfortunately...
2017-01-15 16:44

Registered: Mar 2009
Posts: 391
Guess WITHIN browser everything's fine, my wish for F-Keys referred to mere KERNAL outside browser
2017-01-15 22:42

Registered: Oct 2012
Posts: 23
CRT had the request for the auto-run from the browser, and it seems like a nice idea to me. I just added it and it even did not cost a single byte (I still had the load/run string in which proved to be useful now, unbelievable how wasteful I was with memory :-)).

BTW: I did remove the possibility to use the wedge commands in Basic programs and saved some bytes by doing so. It seems utterly wrong to me to rely on a modified kernal or a loaded wedge in a Basic program.

Function keys and .lst file support are next on the list.
2017-01-16 00:54

Registered: Feb 2006
Posts: 17
The classic convention for load-and-run is ^ (up-arrow). Is that too costly in terms of bytespace so you can leave / as a standard ,8 load?
2017-01-16 06:10

Registered: Oct 2012
Posts: 23
I estimate it costs 25 bytes including a respective help text on the screen. Let's see how much the .lst support costs, potentially that does not fit in anyway anymore. In this case arrow-up might be a candidate to use up the final bytes.

BTW: F1=run and F3=list are in now, currently there are 66 bytes left.
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