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Obtaining a Listing of Applications on Series II Systems

The information that follows pertains to:
Software Version: 7.x
Hardware: Keysight 5DX or TWD
Date: June 2002


There is currently no easy way to obtain a list of all the resident applications on a Keysight 5DX System or a TDW. It is difficult to match the panel name with the hash name and see when the application was last updated.


A list of Panel names, associated Hash names, and the date last modified in an ASCII file.


There is a new DOS BATCH file (whatwhen.bat) that will collect, sort, and store the panel name, hash name, and the last date modified of each application in RTF subdirectories. The data is saved in a file that can be printed or saved for future reference.


Whatwhen can run from any directory. It is recommended that it be placed in a directory that is in the PATH for easy use. C:\5DX\CADLINK is a good place.

To Use:

At a DOS prompt, type whatwhen and press Enter.

A Visual Slick window will open and display the output file whatwhen.txt. You can use the editor to view, print, or save it under another name. Whatwhen.txt is created in C:\5DX\RTF. It is overwritten each time the program runs. Therefore, if you want to keep a running history of applications on a system, save whatwhen.txt under another name or in a different directory. Whatwhen.txt contains the date and time it was created.


Whatwhen runs only on a Series II 5DX or TDW running a minimum of Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 3. It will NOT run on a Series I, nor any non-NT system. The NT 4.0 DOS command extensions must be enabled (this is the default on Keysight systems). It will not harm other systems. It simply will not run correctly.

Whatwhen will not tell you about applications in the NDF directory that have not been compiled.

Whatwhen can take a while to run. If there are several hundred applications, it can take a minute or more to complete.

Whatwhen does not always run from a floppy, due to different controllers and drivers.


Run whatwhen every time you back up your applications to tape. Keep a printout with the tape. If you ever need to restore an application, you will have a ready reference of the panel name and associated hash name. A printout can save you from having to look in every DIR_ID.DAT file to find the application you want.

Run whatwhen when you need to know how long it has been since any changes were made to an application. This is useful when your disk is getting crowded and you need to remove old applications.