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Files, Lexicals and DCL Programming?

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The Question is:

Is there a way (using f$xxxx or some type of equiv) that I can use to replicate
 the "/before" (found with dir/copy) function that VMS has in a .COM file
 (without having to write many, many lines as a sub(s))?  I'm looking to locate
 files with a date "x" d
ays ago (from today) for zip'ing.  I haven't found anything so far.  I haven't
 found anything in the User manual so far or on the internet.

The Answer is :

  F$SEARCH to find the files, F$FILE_ATTRIBUTES itemcode CDT for the
  creation date, and F$CVTIME to convert into a comparision-format
  time for easy string-based comparison testing with IF statements.
  Books and documentation on DCL are available; see the FAQ for
  pointers to this material, as well as to various reference and
  tutorial materials, examples and other resources.

answer written or last revised on ( 23-MAR-2004 )

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