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Skip 2.52 is a script driven, interactive application. A screen shot follows showing the startup bus scan, selection of a device, and issuing an Inquiry command to that device...
GUI or console mode interactive or script driven SCSI/ATAPI device exerciser. User can send individual commands to an ATAPI or SCSI DVD CD Disk or tape device, read sectors, write sectors, change mode pages, etc.
Enter commands in the lower console window and see the results. If you don't want the GUI, Skip can be started up in console mode. This is for shell scripts or batch files, etc. where one just wants to run a script or two.
Great for investigating the SCSI/ATAPI command sets, finding out how a particular device works, doing very low-level operations on CD-RW writers, DVDs, hard disk drives, tape units, etc. (If they can be accessed via ATAPI or SCSI paths)
There are separate buffers for reading and writing. Thus one can write to the media (or device buffer), then do a read back and compare.
I mentioned that it is script-driven. Every line of input at the console is a line of script code. One can call for execution of a script from within another script as well. The script language, “K”, has preprocessor capabilities, functions, math, if, switch, while, etc... All the things that make programming fun.
For early versions of Windows (prior to Win2K), ASPI drivers are needed. I do not (am not allowed to) supply them, but can let you know how to get them. Later versions of Windows have built-in support for device access. The screen shot above shows the use of the Scsi Pass-Through Interface on a Windows 2000 platform.
There you will find the application, doc files for the K language as well as Skip itself. In addition there are some "view scripts" which can be used to make sense out of the read buffer information and some sample scripts. Just unzip the file put it in your desired destination directory. That's all there is to it. Read the User Guide and try it out. Other than that, it does just about everything you would like (at least, I hope so).
- For recent Windows versions, you do need to have administrator permissions.
- Completely programmable.
- It's pretty slick.
- Added an "append" capability to the buffer save functions. (see documentation page)
- Changed fwrite() so the length parameter is no longer required. If it is not given, the size of the data variable is used.
Requirements: ASPI drivers are required in NT and 98.
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