DESCRIBE /U

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Oct 24, 2011
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#1
I've never used DESCRIBE with the /U option, but I decided to try it on some directories that have undergone numerous changes. I can't get it to work.
I tried the following:
describe /u​
describe /u"descript.ion"​
describe /u"d:\work\descript.ion"​

In return I get a usage message.

I've read and re-read the three-lines of explanation in the help file, but I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. This is not a critical issue, but I'd like to know how to make it work.
 
Oct 24, 2011
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#3
You're supposed to pass it the directory (not filename) you want to update:

describe /u d:\work
Thanks. That works, but the documentation in the help file is confusing and apparently incorrect. The example syntax shows the name of the description file, but that causes an error.

DESCRIBE /U [[d:\path\descript.ion ...]]​

It also states that "If no filename is supplied, DESCRIBE will process DESCRIPT.ION in the current directory." To me that implies that /U can be used without a path or filename:

DESCRIBE /U​

But that also causes an error. I'm easily confused. :)