filepro’s special keys

On Linux, filepro is a “terminal based” application.   In most cases this means that you connect to a Linux server running filePro from a ‘client’ program or terminal.

If you’re using Linux to connect — this may be an xterm , gnome-terminal, on an actual console window connecting via ssh.

If you use Windows to connect you’re likely using a terminal emulation program such as Anzio or  putty.

In each case you will be starting your filePro application with terminal capabilities applicable to your client.  One of the ways this is manifested is in the “special keys” available to the filePro application user.   As the actual physical keyboard keys will be different depending on the terminal used,  knowing the special keys available can be difficult — particularly if you change terminal emulations.

Fortunately, there is a relatively simple method to get filePro to inform you which keyboard keys to use to access it’s special key functions.

To access a display of filePro’s special keys we have to access a standard dclerk/rclerk session — which looks like the below screenshot if you aren’t familiar with filepro’s program names:

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filepro’s ‘clerk’ screen

At the selection prompt enter the following key strokes:

  • ESC (escape key)
  • ? (question mark)

This will bring up a screen displaying all of the special keystrokes available for your terminal.

filepro special keys and keystrokes

filepro special keys and keystrokes

In this case, the terminal type is ‘xterm’.   The functions are more or less self explanatory and the keystroke(s) are applicable to the current terminal type (xterm) in this case.

You’ll also find license info including user limit.     Older versions of filePro, predating the current license scheme, will display only user limits.

Special key display on older versions of filePro

Special key display on older versions of filePro

If you aren’t familiar with all the functions, and most users are not, give them a try!