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doskey MS-DOS Command

Type: External (5.0 and later) Syntax: DOSKEY DOSKEY [reinstall][/bufsize=size][/macros][/history][/insert|/overstrike] [macroname=text][…] Purpose: Loads the Doskey program into memory. The Doskey program recalls DOS commands and allows you to edit command lines and create and run macros. (New with DOS Version 5.0.) Discussion The DOSKEY program is a memory resident program which …

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verify MS-DOS Command

Type: Internal (2.0 and later) Syntax: VERIFY VERIFY on|off Purpose: Verifies that data written to disk was correctly recorded. Discussion The VERIFY command has the same purpose as the /V parameter in the COPY command; once set, you do not have to use the /V option while copying. After VERIFY …

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edit MS-DOS Command

Type: External (2.0 and later) Syntax: EDIT [d:][path]filename [/B][/G][/H][/NOHI] Purpose: Starts the MS-DOS editor which is a text editor used to create and edit ASCII text files. Discussion The MS-DOS Editor is full-screen text editor which includes pull-down menus with options for creating, editing, saving, and printing ASCII files. It …

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defrag MS-DOS Command

Type: External (6.0 and later) Syntax: DEFRAG [d:] [/F][/S[:]order] [/B][/skiphigh [/LCD|/BW|/GO] [/H] DEFRAG [d:] [/V][/B][/skiphigh] [/LCD]|/BW|/GO] [/H] Purpose: Optimizes disk performance by reorganizing the files on the disk (new with DOS Version 6). Discussion You should start DEFRAG only from MS-DOS. Starting DEFRAG from a program such as Microsoft Windows …

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diskcomp MS-DOS Command

Type: External (1.0 and later) Syntax: DISKCOMP [d:] [d:][/1][/8] Purpose: Compares the contents of two diskettes. Discussion DISKCOMP compares two disks, track by track, and displays the numbers of tracks that are not identical. If you enter only one drive designation, DISKCOMP compares with the disk in the currently active …

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debug MS-DOS Command

Type: External (1.0 and later) Syntax: DEBUG [pathname] [parameters] Purpose: An MS-DOS utility used to test and edit programs. Discussion The DEBUG utility is a programmer’s tool that provides access to your computer at the hardware level. More extensive information on the DEBUG utility and its functions are provided in …

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fasthelp MS-DOS Command

Type: External (6.0 and later) Syntax: FASTHELP [command] [command] /? Purpose: Displays a list of DOS commands with a brief explanation of each (new with DOS Version 6). Discussion The information provided in MS-DOS Help is more inclusive than that provided by FASTHELP, but if you just need a brief …

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more MS-DOS Command

Type: External (2.0 and later) Syntax: MORE < (filename or command) (name)|MORE Purpose: Sends output to console, one screen at a time. Discussion MORE is a filter command (reads from input, transforms it, and outputs it to the screen, to a file, or to a printer). MORE displays the output …

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install MS-DOS Command

Type: Internal (4.0 and later) Syntax: INSTALL=[d:][\path]\filename [parameters] Purpose: Used in the CONFIG.SYS file to load memory-resident programs into conventional memory. Discussion In the past, INSTALL may have saved you a little bit of memory because it does not create an environment when it loads a program. With DOS 6.0 …

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loadfix MS-DOS Command

Type: Internal (5.0 and later) Syntax: LOADFIX [d:][path]filename [parameters] Purpose: Ensures that a program is loaded above the first 64K of conventional memory, and runs the program (new with DOS Version 6). Discussion Tells DOS to load the specified program into the first 64K of conventional memory. If a Packed …

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