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Getting Help

Note: For the help facility to work, you must have the ProFit.help file either in the current directory or in a directory pointed to by the environment variable HELPDIR. See Section 3 or the INSTALL file for details.

To get help within the programs simply type HELP and you will be presented with a list of commands which the help facility knows about. The ProFit> prompt will also change to Help>. You may then type the name of a command to get help on that command. Typing HELP once in the help facility will repeat the list of available help topics. Like the main command interface, the help facility will accept upper or lower case and you may abbreviate commands. If your abbreviation is ambiguous (i.e. more than one command starts with the letters you have specified), help will be supplied on all the commands which match3.

If the help text is longer than 21 lines, you will see a prompt saying

   More...

in which case you should hit the Return (or `Enter') key to get the next page of help.

Once at the Help> prompt, you should simply hit the Return (or `Enter') key to get back to the main ProFit> prompt.

If you know the topic on which you need help, you may type the name of the command after the HELP keyword at the main ProFit> prompt. After the help message is printed, you will be returned directly to the ProFit> prompt. For example, if you want help on the ZONE command, you may type:

   HELP ZONE

Allied to help, is the STATUS command. This tells you the current status of the program: what structures are loaded, fitting zones, atoms and the like.


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Andrew Martin 2010-09-28