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Dazed And Confused About Dos

Discussion in 'DOS/Other' started by lil1fIsh, Oct 14, 2003.

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  1. lil1fIsh

    lil1fIsh Thread Starter

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    WHAT IS THE COMMAND LINE FOR VIEWING THE LIST OF FILES IN A GIVEN DIRECTORY. I'M NOT EXPERIENCED IN DOS ...i ENTERED DIR FOR A CD IN MY DRIVE AND IT GIVES ME THE NAME OF THE DIRECTORY ...BUT I NEED THE LIST OF FILES IN THAT DIRECTORY. MY HARD DRIVE IS TOTALLY FORMATTED SO I DON'T HAVE WINDOWS ...I HAVE A GOOD BOOTDISK ....I WANT THE FILES IN THAT DIRECTORY SO I CAN LOAD THE OPERATING SYSTEM. PLEASE HELP!:confused:
     
  2. DaveBurnett

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    CD <directory>
    DIR


    CD \ to get back to start
     
  3. fweaver

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    CD <Directory>
    DIR /W

    This will list the files in columns for easier reading.

    Frank
     
  4. codejockey

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    In general, you can find out the syntax and options for a DOS command by invoking it with a /? parameter. For example, dir /? will print a usage message that shows the command syntax and the various acceptable parameters.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. plejon

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    And the HELP command displays a list of all available DOS commands and a short description of their function.
     
  6. john1

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    Only a few DoS commands are actually needed to load the higher
    operating systems like windows.
    Generally if the higher OS is removed leaving just the DoS
    system commands, these are often just a minimum set.
    You can find all the DoS commands available for download on
    various places on the internet.
    You may find you only have a basic set of commands.

    Regards, John :)
     
  7. john1

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    Hi L'il Fish,

    Are you running a Compaq ?

    John :)
     
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