LesSpace - Fix Space Errors on Large HDDs
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On-line Docs/page/file (60k approx), contain extensive details on
(Note for users who are viewing these notes in
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and/or do not wish to use a HTML browser to view the lesspace documentation,
the lesspace notes are supplied as two HTML files (lesspace.htm and
lesspdoc.htm), and two text/ASCII files (lesspace.txt and lesspdoc.txt). The
TXT files are automatically generated from the HTML files, and are,
necessarily, poorly formatted, especially where tables are used. If
possible, the HTML files should be reviewed to avail of improved formatting,
some indexing, better layout, etc. Also, the latest documentation is always
available on the web site,
http://www.KennedySoftware.ie, and should be accessed if you have
problems/queries, or if you think these notes may be out of date).
LESSPACE is a DOS TSR utility, designed to solve problems with very large
Disks; Single-user or Networks, virtual, compressed or real. The initial
releases of this utility activated on disks which were typically greater
than 2GB, but this threshold was later reduced to 536MB (approx). Where the
Paradox products are mentioned in these notes, we are referring only to
the DOS versions, and mainly to releases 3.5, 4.0x, and 4.5
If your DOS application is misbehaving because you are using large hard
drives, this TSR may help. Technically, the TSR watches for requests from
the application to DOS/WIN for details of the disk space, and, as the
details are being passed back to the application program, this TSR adjusts
them down to more reasonable values, where relevant.
Therefore, if the TSR determines that it should make some adjustments to the
internal details going to the application, you may get incorrect (reduced)
Space values (total and/or free space) in the application, but, your
application should still work correctly !!. [That's what the TSR is for !!].
You don't lose any space; you don't need to re-partition your
drives into smaller units - your application just sees
The utility includes a fix related to the Critical Error
Handler code in Win95 (Int-24), as detailed
here. This impacts commands like the DriveStatus() function in
Paradox-DOS. Without the fix, DriveStatus() will always return TRUE
on Floppies and CDs.
As of version 3.0, Lesspace also has a feature to activate an epoch facility
in Paradox-DOS systems, and in any other systems which have a similar
internal treatment of Y2K dates. This is explained in the
detailed lesspace notes
Finally, the tsr also has an option to mark specified Drives as Remote,
as also explained here. This may be
useful for apps running in peer-to-peer networks, or for multiple tasks
running on a single PC.
Demo Download (Shareware):
|The latest shareware release of lesspace, including all
DOC/TXT/HTM files, is available as
This zip file-size is about 40k. (See
Note: Support calls arrive from unregistered users, and users are running
versions which are 10-15 releases out-of-date! The shareware release may
have a restricted evaluation period. (Registered versions will normally not
have restricted usage periods). This is to encourage users - especially
trial users - to use the latest release, or to register, or to use some
alternative product, thereby minimising support demands for out-of-date
versions and/or from unregistered users.
Sometimes, enhancements involve changes to the program, and a
release may be available from time to time. In this case, the software
version is incremented.
But, frequently, just the documentation is updated, and, usually, the
version code is not revised in these cases. When documentation is revised,
whether the software is updated or not, we will revise the HTML text here,
and in the TXT files delivered with the software. Therefore, the
documentation here, and that supplied with the software, will always be the
Latest available, and may have references to an option or feature
that applies only to an upcoming release of the software. When/where this
occurs, the documentation will indicate the relevant version.
Order Full Program / Costs / Terms:
|You may order the full program on-line: click
Initial Registration cost (1 year)
in USD $: Initial registration covers a period of 12 months, and is
based on the maximum number of PCs simultaneously using LESSPACE, per site.
Unless otherwise agreed (eg, special carrier), no other charges apply:
|No of PCs
||Additional per PC
Choose the row which relates to the maximum number
of simultaneous users at the site. The total cost is the Basic
Price on that row, plus the Additional charge times the total
number of PCs:
Eg: 4 PCs = $25.00 + 4 * 8.00 = $57.00.
14 PCs = $50.00 + 14 * 5.00 = $120.00
Annual Renewal cost in USD $:
|No of PCs
||Additional per PC
|A "user" who has multiple "sites", or multiple "clients",
and wishes to supply lesspace to those sites/clients, should indicate how
they would prefer to operate, expected numbers of sites and PCs (per site),
etc, and we will respond accordingly. We would prefer if each site/client is
still separately "registered", to facilitate Software Audits at those sites.
The registered software will not be dispatched to Customers who submit a PO,
and/or require an Invoice prior to payment, until payment has been received.
A Company check/cheque is acceptable.
|If you are a registered user, but you don't have the latest
release of the utility, we have a program to update your version of lesspace
to the current release. This update program handles most of the officially
released versions of lesspace. If it does not recognise your version -
perhaps because you got a beta
release at some time, or your version is somehow special, then
please let us know, and we will either revise this update program,
or just send you an up-to-date revised release of lesspace. Thank you.
To upgrade your version of lesspace to the latest release, download
LessUpdt.ZIP. This file-size is about 50k. (See
|When we have an early copy of a new (pending) release of
lesspace, which might be of interest to you, it'll be downloadable from
here, as LessNew.ZIP.
This file-size will be about 40k. (See
Download Instructions). The main updates will be listed in the
(60k total !), under the most recent version-no updates. If a beta
copy is available, and you try it, then we would be grateful for any
feedback, but please update to an official release when available !. If no
beta release is available here, the file named
LessNew.ZIP will be identical to the Shareware release.
Currently no Beta-Release is available.
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