list-name   [ SYM ]





The name of the File List you wish to create or replace.


If SYM is coded, the list will be created as set of generic paths, rather than a list of specific file names.


If REPLACE is coded, then if list-name.FILELIST exists, it will simply be replaced.


If APPEND is coded, the current set of files will be merged with the existing contents of list-name.FILELIST


Abbreviations and Aliases

MAKELIST can also be spelled as ML

REPLACE can also be spelled as REPL or REP



The MAKELIST command can only be used on the File Manager screen. Its purpose is to allow saving the current list of files being displayed as a File List for quick access in the future. This can be helpful when you have managed to create a unique list of files say perhaps after doing some FF (Find in Files) commands, and want to refer to this list in the future. You can also use it to 'take a snapshot' of a directory listing.

Simply enter MAKELIST myname and the displayed list of files will be saved as myname.FLIST.      If myname.FLIST currently exists, and you wish to replace it with a new set of contents, then also code the REPLACE operand.

Any File List created by MAKELIST is considered the same as a File List created by the FAVORITE command. That means your newly created File List will be created as a Named Favorites.

At any time in the future you can re-display this File List with a command of RECALL myname on any primary command line. You can also click on the File List name you created underneath the Lists item in the Quick Launch bar by selecting it with the mouse.

If the APPEND operand is coded, the current list of files will be merged with the existing contents of the named FILELIST.

Making a Symbolic FILELIST

When the SYM operand is used, it requests a directory list to be saved as a series of generic or symbolic pathnames. This is done by extracting each unique path displayed in the list. Thus, when the list is selected in the future, it will display the files that exist then, rather than the files that exist now. If you edit a symbolic File List using the E line command, you will see a list of path names, one per line, with one entry per unique path that was present when you created the File List.  If possible, the current Pat Mask will be added as a filter to each created entry.

Reserved FILELIST names

The File List names FOUND, OPEN and PATHS are reserved for displaying the special lists described in RECALL. This is in addition to RECENT, FAV, FAVORITE and FAVOURITE which were already reserved.

Reserved File List names cannot be used for user-defined named favorites for the FAVORITE and MAKELIST commands. Even though you can issue a command like RECALL OPEN, you cannot say FAVORITE OPEN, because that would imply you were creating (or adding a file name to) a Named Favorites File List called OPEN, which SPFLite has reserved for its internal list of currently-open files.

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