FDIMPLES - the FreeDOS Installer - My Package List Editor Software
is the package list editor for the advanced mode of the FreeDOS
Installer (FDI). It also can run as a stand-alone program for a
more user friendly interface to install or remove packages from
the FreeDOS installation or package media (LiveCD, BonusCD,
/HELP,/? Shows the help screen.
/[NO]FILES Shows a list of files for each package below the
/[NO]UPDATE [DO NOT] Automatically select updatable packages.
/LISTS Create package list files for use with OS release
/CONFIG Reconfigure installer package lists on writable OS
release media. Such as USB sticks.
/IDLE Sleep CPU when idle.
[pkgsrc] Specify drive or path to use for the repository of
User interface keyboard commands:
SPACE,ENTER Toggle selection.
TAB,LEFT,RIGHT Change what panel section or button has focus.
UP,DOWN Move focus up or down an item, also Page Up/Down.
ESC Quit without making or saving changes.
h,H,F1 Display help screen.
u Toggle the status of all updatable packages in group.
U Toggle the status of all updatable packages.
v,V View pending changes.
c,C Clear all pending changes.
w,W Write a package list customization file that contains
r,R Read a package list customization file and apply
FDIMPLES is a visual tool to browse, install and remove packages that
are included on the FreeDOS release media. Depending on the choices
made during the installation of FreeDOS, many packages may not be
included during installation. Those packages and others can be installed
later by inserting the package media (LiveCD, BonusCD, etc.) and then
execute FDIMPLES. If the package media is not found or inserted before
running FDIMPLES, only the packages that are already installed are
Then browse the lists of packages and select any you want to install.
Use the TAB, LEFT, RIGHT, UP, DOWN keys to navigate. To cycle through
the available actions for a package or group of packages use either
the SPACE or ENTER keys. This will change the state of the selected
package or group. The desired state is represented by different
symbols inside the square brackets next to the group or package.
The current group and package are displayed using green text when
they do not have focus.
The symbols used for group states (left panel):
empty No programs in group are to be installed or kept. Any
programs in this group that were installed will be removed.
+ Some programs in this group are (or will be) installed.
X All programs in this group are (or will be) installed.
The symbols used for package states (right panel):
empty Package is not installed or should be removed.
X Package is (or will be) installed.
U Newer version of package is on the media. The current
packages should be removed and the newer one installed.
R Older version of the package is on the media. The current
package should be removed and the older version should
be installed replacing the newer package. (downgrade)
No package changes are performed until you navigate to the "OK"
button in the lower right of the display and press SPACE or ENTER.
Then all package installations or removals will be performed at once.
If you are unsure of which packages will be removed or installed,
press the "V" key to view all proposed changes that will occur.
ESC exits the program at any time without making any changes to the
currently installed packages. Of course you can also use the commands
described at section "Options" - User interface commands.
FDIMPLES gives you basic information about the programs in the lower
part of the window. You can jump in there with TAB (text will be
highlighted) to see which files will be installed if you want to do
To perform installation or removal of packages, FDIMPLES requires that
the command line utility FDINST is installed. FDINST is a simplified
version of FDNPKG and is usually installed by default with the FDNPKG
fdimples launch and search for the package media
fdimples X:\FDPKGS launch and use the specified path as package media
fdimples /update launch, find the package media and preselect
updating any packages that are newer than those
already installed. Great for just updating packages
using newer OS release or Repository CD without
reinstalling the operating system.
fdimples /nofiles turn off the file list when displaying packages to
have over-all better navigation performance.
Copyright © 2016-2023 Jerome Shidel.
This file is derived from the FreeDOS Spec Command HOWTO.
See the file H2Cpying for copying conditions.