Dos commands

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This entry is part of the FreeDOS Spec

DOS commands may be internal or external. Any DOS command may be implemented internally by the shell, or provided externally as in a program. If external, the program may be either a COM or EXE, with the exception of COMMAND.COM.

In each of the following, d: represents a drive letter, path represents a full pathname, and file represents a full filename, or a file mask including * and ?.

For all commands, internal and external, the command line option /? should generate a help screen, and the program should immediately exit. The exit code is not defined, but we strongly suggest an exit code of zero.

A few traditional MS-DOS commands have been dropped from the Spec. Dropping from the Spec does not mean that such a program will be ignored if one ever comes along, but this does mean that we will not actively seek out to develop a new version. This is because they were considered as part of a legacy migration thing for MS-DOS, which the FreeDOS Project is not interested in carrying forward. Where a program has been dropped from the Spec, an annotation has been made to explain why.



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