It is possible to avoid the time-consuming process of re-building the search query by making use of the journal file from the previous search. This file is written with the name probname.jnl, and contains the list of instructions for your query.
The '@' sign has the effect of reading in the file EX1.QUE just as if you had re-constructed the query interactively from scratch. When you enter the BUILD menu it will be blank, but move immediately to the QUEST sub-menu and the query will be displayed ready for searching:
The fragment is then displayed in the BUILD menu and can be altered, and used as a new test with DEFINE-FRAGMENT.
Note: that another way of starting up QUEST3D to read a previously prepared instruction file EX1.QUE is as follows:
quest probname -init EX1.QUE (for UNIX)
$ ASSIGN EX1.QUE QUEST$INIT (for VMS) $ QUEST PROBNAME TT: $ DEASSIGN QUEST$INIT