WIN_USE

Syntax WIN_USE [device]
Location THOR XVI, ST/QL, Hard disk driver, SMSQ/E for Atari and QXL / QPC

As with FLP_USE this allows you to assign another three letter description to the WIN device driver, so that it can be accessed by programs which do not allow you to alter their devices. If no device is specified, then the device name is returned to the default win.

Example

WIN_USE mdv

will ensure that any further attempt to access mdv1_ will actually access win1_. If you later use the command:

WIN_USE

or:

WIN_USE win

then you will once again be able to use the microdrives as well as win1_.

NOTE

The QL’s operating system tests for directory device drivers in a fixed order: DEV, FLP, RAM, WIN and MDV. This means that if you rename a driver to three letters which refer to a device driver earlier in the list, that original device driver will be used in preference. For example:

WIN_USE flp

will not work (attempts to read a file from flp1_ will still try to read floppy disk drive number one) - you will need to also rename the floppy disk driver:

FLP_USE flp

CROSS-REFERENCE

FLP_USE, RAM_USE, DEV_USE are similar. DMEDIUM_TYPE can be used to find out the type of device which a name actually refers to. DMEDIUM_NAME$ will return the default name of a device.