An action file is a text file which contains a set of Database Tour Pro command line parameters, one parameter per line. Lines with a semicolon at the beginning are ignored as comments. Blank lines are allowed. Such files can have any extension. The file encoding must be ANSI or UTF-8 with BOM.
Action files offer an alternative way to pass parameters to the application using command line. They allow to shorten the command line and thus make it easier to read and work with.
The command line
dbtour.exe /export /ExportType=DATABASE /IncludeMemo /SrcDBInterface=ADO /SrcPassword=m980 "SrcDB=<DSN>BOOKS" "SrcTableName=<MASK>*" /TrgDBInterface=ADO /TrgDBKind=FILE /TrgDBDriver=Access "/TrgTableName=<MASK>*" TrgDB=c:\MyBooks.mdb
can be rewritten using an action file:
Here, the contents of ExportAction22.txt file should be like the following:
Action files can be created using several ways:
Action files can be created either manually in any text editor using command line specification or automatically from Database Tour Pro GUI by choosing Tools | Build Command Line menu and selecting Short format option on the final step.
Action files can be executed either from command line or from Database Tour Pro GUI by clicking Open data source button and moving to Action File tab.
In the action files and some of the files they refer to (SQL files or field and table mappings files), it is possible to use environment variables.