Hi Tobias,

The WHEN solution is great, but on some version of QODS, the WHEN ERRor did not work.

There are some people still using AH,JM, roms which may have problems with WHEN ERRor



On 17/08/17 10:39, Tobias Fröschle via Ql-Users wrote:
After I sent this, I realised a bit of explanation might be in order, as WHEN 
ERRor is not so well-known:

When the interpreter passes a WHEN ERRor/END WHEN pair during normal program execution, 
it doesn't do anything with the commands inside the clause but remembering "I should 
do this in case an error occurs". So, line 1020 is not executed if no error occurs 
in line 1050. But in case there is an error (the interpreter choking on the MANIFEST 
statement it doesn't know when TT is not loaded), line 1020 is executed, telling us TT is 
not loaded.

After 1020 was executed, the program is continued at the point /after/ the 
error occurred.

The empty WHEN ERRor clause (1060-1070) simply de-activates error processing back to 

Line 1080 will thus have the variable TurboTkLoaded to 1, if 1050 was executed without a problem, and set to 
0 in case there was an error. Because we have made sure line 1050 is the only line that can be executed while 
error processing is active, we clearly know the only problem in 1050 can only be "bad name". So it 
is important to pick a "test command" from the toolkit you are testing for that cannot choke on a 
different error than "bad name". MANIFEST is pretty ideal for this.


Am 17.08.2017 um 11:25 schrieb Tobias Fröschle via Ql-Users 


there are a number of toolkits that allow you to check for specific other 
toolkit commands loaded or not - But this is a bit useless as it leaves you 
with a chicken-and-egg problem: How to check whether the checking toolkit is 

Your best bet on SMSQ/E would be a WHEN ERRor clause you place just in front of 
a Toolkit command you are about to execute:

1000 TurboTkLoaded = 1
1010 WHEN ERRor
1020    TurboTkLoaded = 0
1040 REMark Execute a Toolkit command
1050 MANIFEST : x = 100
1055 REMark de-activate error checker
1060 WHEN ERRor
1080 PRINT "Turbo Toolkit loaded:"!TurboTkLoaded

On a QL with non-working WHEN ERRor commands (pre-MG) you are a bit doomed, the 
only thing I could probably come up with is writing a BASIC program that PEEKs 
the name list, which is not quite so simple.


Am 17.08.2017 um 10:49 schrieb Lee Privett via Ql-Users 

I originally posted this on the forum:

Hi community, I have searched for this on the forum but cannot find an
entry but I am sure this has been asked before.

I currently test for the presence of the HBA ROM in a boot program using
VER$ and would like to test for other toolkits, specifically the TURBO
toolkit. Is there a way to do this automatically in a boot so that when
subsequent runs of the boot it is not loaded again in one session?

e.g. for the HBA version I use:

Code: Select all <http://qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2063#>

I feel there must be a way to test for TURBO toolkit, any ideas?

A reply from Derek suggested  the following:

There is a keyword: TK_VER$, but only returns the version of Turbo Toolkit,
which is the same for the SMS and QDOS versions.

A simple way would be to add "SMS" in the version number. Which would mean
a new version of Turbo Toolkit.

The SMS version calls the SMSQ/E extended traps, where the QDOS does not,
so maybe a test for SMSQ/E extended traps is the way, but I would favour
the about alteration to TK_VER$.

George Gwilt used to maintain Turbo and maybe the Toolkit. I think this
message needs to be posted in the QL-USERS mailing list, George Gwilt reads
that list.

Any views at all?

Regards Lee Privett
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