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