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ARexx, the Amiga counterpart of the IBM REXX programming language, provides the freedom to customize your work environment. It is especially useful as a scripting language which allows you to control and modify applications and to direct how they interact with each other.

This manual introduces you to ARexx, tells you how to create ARexx programs and provides a reference section of ARexx commands.

Document Conventions

The following conventions are used in this manual:

  • KEYWORDS - Keywords are displayed in all uppercase letters, however, the arguments are case-insensitive.
  • | (vertical bar) - Alternative selections are separated by a vertical bar.
  • { } (braces) - Required alternatives are enclosed by braces.
  • [ ] (brackets) - Optional instruction parts are enclosed in brackets.
  • <n> - Variables are displayed in angle brackets. Do not enter the angle brackets when entering the variable.
  • Courier - Text appearing in the Courier font represents output from your ARexx programs or other information that displays on your screen.
  • Key1 + Key2 - Key combinations displayed with a plus sign (+) connecting them indicates pressing the keys simultaneously.
  • Key1, Key2 - Key combinations displayed with a comma sign (,) separating them indicates pressing the keys in sequence.
  • Amiga keys - Two keys on the Amiga keyboard used for special functions. The left Amiga key is to the left of the space bar and is marked with a large solid A. The right Amiga key is to the right of the space bar and is an outlined A.

Sources of Additional Information

Further information on learning and using ARexx can be found in:

  • Modern Programming Using REXX , by R.P. O'Hara and D.G. Gomberg, Prentice-Hall, 1985
  • The REXX Language: A Practical Approach to Programming , by M.F. Cowlishaw, Prentice-Hall, 1985.
  • Programming in REXX , J. Ranade IBM Series, by Charles Daney.
  • Using ARexx on the Amiga , by Chris Zamara and Nick Sullivan, Abacus, 1991.


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