DF‑SHOW – A brief history

The DF‑SHOW project was started in 2018 as a rewrite of the applications of DF‑EDIT, a set of tools written for PC-DOS and MS-DOS in the 1980s

DF‑EDIT

DF‑EDIT was originally written and released in the early 1980s by Larry Kroeker under “Kroeker Software Products”. This was a set of useful utilities for PC-DOS and MS-DOS systems.

Pictured right is a copy of DF‑EDIT version 2.3d on a floppy diskette. This particular release from 1986 is the version DF‑SHOW heavily takes inspiration from.

DF‑SHOW aims to be a faithful rewrite of the original DF‑EDIT applications optimised for modern systems focusing initially on the Unix-like family of operating systems.

Pictured here is the show application from DF‑EDIT running on PC‑DOS 2.0. The simple one key commands and familier layout similar to the dir DOS command made it a very powerful ultility for its time.

DF‑EDIT NT 2.3d-76

A copy of DF‑EDIT for Windows NT, released in 1997, recently surfaced which had addressed some limitations from the original DOS versions which DF‑SHOW had already run into and addressed. (such as moving the name of files to the right-hand side to accommodate long filenames) A few new features were discovered such as the Hunt command and Block marking. These were backported into DF‑SHOW for completeness.

Open DF‑EDIT evolving to DF‑SHOW

In 2008, an open source rewrite of DF‑EDIT was proposed. Unfortunately, the project never got off the ground due to lack of exposure. The DF‑SHOW project was announced in 2018 with a semi-usable versions becoming available in a couple of weeks.

On the right, is a screenshot of the show application from DF‑SHOW, which has been faithful to the original design of the DOS versions of DF‑EDIT, whilst adding some of the features found in the Windows NT version.