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PingPlotter Standard Manual

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Command Line Arguments

You can have PingPlotter do a few things automatically on startup by specifying command line parameters.  You can put these parameters in a shortcut - or enter them from a DOS command line window.

pingplotter.exe [File to Load] [/TRACE:[Address To Trace]] [/SAVE] 

 [/SINGLEINSTANCE] [/NEWINSTANCE] [/INIFILE:(filename)]
 

Loading a file at startup

If you enter a parameter without a / on it, PingPlotter will try and find a file by this name - and load it if it's found.

Example:

pingplotter.exe www.pingplotter.com.pp2

 

/TRACE

This option will start tracing automatically when PingPlotter loads.  If use the option to load a save file on startup, then tracing will begin to this address.  Otherwise, Add a colon (:) and the IP Address or server name you want to trace to.

Example:

pingplotter.exe www.pingplotter.com.pp2 /TRACE

or

pingplotter.exe /TRACE:www.pingplotter.com

 

/SAVE

This option can only be used when you specify a file name on the command line.  If you use /SAVE, then any new traces (to the original address specified in the save file only) will be saved to that file on shutdown automatically (without asking you if you want to save).

Example:

pingplotter.exe www.pingplotter.com.pp2 /TRACE /SAVE

 

/SINGLEINSTANCE

If PingPlotter is run with this parameter, then it checks to see if another copy of the program is running.  If it is running, then it exits.

Also, if you passed in an address to trace (via the /TRACE:address option above), then this address will be passed to the currently running version.  The currently running one will start tracing to that address.

Example:

pingplotter.exe /SINGLEINSTANCE /TRACE:www.pingplotter.com

 

Note: PingPlotter Standard *defaults* to Single Instance - where loading a new save file or starting a new trace will use the already running instance, if there is one.  To change this behavior, use the /MULTIINSTANCE (or /NEWINSTANCE - which is equivalent), which will open a new instance for that command.

/INIFILE

You may want to start PingPlotter with a different set of parameters and setups.  This is particularly useful if you're auto-starting PingPlotter and having it trace automatically.  In this situation, you may want to have different trace intervals, or graph times, or whatever.  Starting PingPlotter with an alternate INI file allows you to save multiple setups and use these different setups as needed.

Example:

pingplotter.exe /INIFILE:alternatesetup.ini

 

/?

Show this help screen.

 

Example:

pingplotter.exe ?