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Windows technology and TC

Discussion in 'Support' started by Matt, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. Matt

    Jan 15, 2009
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    Does the technology in windows allow the close interaction of the GUI part of TC which would enable interactions with the command line portion directly? In other words, will it ever be possible to have the following in TC?

    (1) A follow-me concept. Where you navigate in the GUI is mirrored at the command line automatically. And changing directories at the command line makes the GUI automatically change to the appropriate directory.

    (2) Suppose number (1) could be done then could the command line have, say, a "highlight" command like:

    c:\docs > highlight *.doc *.xls

    which would highlight the files in the GUI part just as if you Ctrl-left click each one in the GUI. Which then might allow you to right click in the GUI and perform some action on these highlighted files.

    A user could seamlessly move back and forth between the GUI part of TC and the command line.

    I'm guessing the answer will come back that windows doesn't allow this.

  2. Steve Fabian

    May 20, 2008
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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Matt" <>
    To: <ESFabian@comcast.net>
    Sent: 2009. November 11., Wednesday 22.52
    Subject: [Support-t-1571] Windows technology and TC

    Mirroring the GUI folder navigation in TCC can be automated using the
    _tcfolder variable, by putting the command
    *CDD "%_tcfolder"
    into PRE_EXEC or into PRE_INPUT.

    The /T option of the CDD command causes mirroring the TCC directory in the

    This sounds like a nice feature for a future version.
  3. Matt

    Jan 15, 2009
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    Thanks for the reply Steve. I downloaded TC 11 and tried the PRE_INPUT alias defined as `*CDD "%_tcfolder"`.
    It seems to take a few <enter> hits in the TCC prompt to get it to change directories to %_tcfolder.

    Maybe I'm thinking of a feature request (ie option) for a "special" TCC prompt which is updated in "real time" as you navigate the GUI.


  4. Matt

    Jan 15, 2009
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    Obviously meant "a few hits of the Enter key" to get the TCC prompt to reflect the changed directory in the GUI.

  5. rconn

    rconn Administrator
    Staff Member

    May 14, 2008
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    This is a commonly requested feature from new TCMD users, but it's generally
    not as useful as you think. (As Steve noted, it can be done with existing

    The problem is that it makes it hard-to-impossible to view different
    directories, or to browse through the GUI tree. And drag & drop between the
    GUI windows and the TCC window becomes largely pointless.

    (It would also only be possible while in a TCC window, not CMD, Powershell,
    bash, etc.)

    You already have the TCFILTER command, which filters the list view display
    to the requested names. It doesn't highlight them (though that wouldn't be
    hard to add in a future version), but once you've displayed the right files
    a ^a would mark them all and you could then right-click & do whatever you

    Rex Conn
    JP Software
  6. thedave

    Nov 13, 2008
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    On Thu, 12 Nov 2009 07:59:33 -0600, rconn <> was
    claimed to have wrote:

    Personally, I never do any of the above. My only use for the directory
    and file views are to give me a live view of where I am and the files
    around me while I work.

    Obviously this doesn't work for everyone, but for individuals such as
    myself, this type of functionality would be useful. One of these days
    I'll get around to trying out Steve's suggestion myself.

    It occurs to me that if you wanted a best of both words, double clicking
    on a directory (in the tree) would change TCC's directory, whereas
    single clicks and drags in the tree wouldn't need to do similar.

    True. I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I ran anything in a
    TCMD window other then TCC or something transient launched from a TCC

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