The utility presents one dialog at a time, using ASCII characters on a console screen. The screen is cleared before each dialog. Each dialog begins with a heading, which provides the following information:

The body of the dialog follows the heading and is followed by a command prompt.

These are the types of dialog:

Action menu

An action menu allows you to choose what to do from a number of options, by entering the number assigned to the option. There is no default action.

Decision point

A decision point is similar to an action menu but there may be a default, which you can select by pressing Enter. There are normally two or three choices in a decision point.

List of values

A list of values allows you to choose a value for an item by entering the number assigned to the value. The list is in the order of the numbers assigned to the values, with one important exception: the current (or default) value can be retained by pressing Enter. The current (or default) value is always listed at the top of the list, rather than in the position it would otherwise occupy. However, the numbers assigned to the values are fixed. For example, if the current value is '7', typing 7 is equivalent to pressing Enter.

Entry field

An entry field is where you enter a single value for an item: this might be one or more characters depending on the requirements for the item. The current (or default) value can be retained by pressing Enter.


You are asked to confirm only very significant or destructive choices. You can press Enter to confirm your choice, or press F3 or Escape followed by 3 to return to the dialog where you made the choice.


Information-only dialogs just provide information. Press Enter to continue to the next dialog.