Additional information about system parameters or “switches” is available when a specific parameter record is selected in the System Parameter Maintenance Programs. This help text (a description of the switch and how it is used) can be displayed by pressing the EXPAND key in console mode versions of the software and by accessing the System Parameter Detail View for the selected record in VDF versions of the Software.
The help text that is displayed for each parameter is stored in the COVETEXT file (File 174). These records are assigned a type of “PHT” and the Code field of each of the COVETEXT records contains the Code information from the system parameter that they describe. The COVETEXT file is maintained by Cove Systems and this file is typically updated overwritten with the most current version of the file, when a system update is performed.
Note: In older console mode versions of the system, the parameter help text files were stored in ascii file format in the help directory pointed to by the F248:SYS-HELP parameter . These files were moved into the COVETEXT file during prior updates.