Introduction to the DOS shell
Disc Operating System
What is DOS? Disc Operating System (Disc OS)
- Former command interpreter (1981, IBM PC)
- Primitive Operating system
- Works in command line
- No multitasking
The variation of DOS:
- PC-DOS, developed by Microsoft for IBM PC
- MS-DOS sold by Microsoft
- DR-DOS from Digital Research
Despite of the user friendly GUI of the Windows OS, command lines are still use to perform many tasks:
- The batch language is not compiled, it is interpreted by cmd.exe
- Batch files are directly editable (not "protected")
- Language fits to applications written directly in machine language
- A batch file is basically a text file
- Create your batch with any text editor.
The DOS shell
- Do Start/Run (or Windows key + R).
- Type cmd to open a DOS window
You can very easily change the background and text color of the CMD console:
Using this command: colo xy
- X is the background color
- Y color of the text.
The following colors meet the following codes:
- 0 = Black
- 8 = Gray
- 1 = Blue,
- 9 = Light Blue
- 2 = Green
- A = LightGreen
- 3 = Blue
- B = Bright Blue
- 4 = Red
- C = Bright Red
- 5 = Purple
- D = Light Purple
- 6 = Yellow
- E = Bright Yellow
- 7 = White
- F= Bright white.
Right-clicking on the shortcut for the command prompt also gives us the ability to customize the DOS window.
MSDOS can concatenate the names of directories (by inserting a \ between each directory) to locate a given one
- Absolute path C:\AD_automobile\ Lille
- Relative path (when in AD_automobile) Lille
- The TAB key allows you to automatically complete the first few letters of a command or a pathname.
- The up and down allow you to edit past commands.
CD: Change Directory
- For the rest of this tip, consider a a folder at the root of your disk files as follows:
- AD_Automobile, Audi, Citroen, Accounting, Ford, Peugeot, Renault
- and inside the" AD_Automobile" folder, you have another one named "Lille".
Changing directory with the CD command:
Dir: View a folder(directory)
- "*" substitutes a group of characters.
- ? replaces the character with an unknown letter.
To have all the information about this command, simply add a /?
after the command, for example: dir /?
/f displays the names of files in each directory
/a Use ASCII instead of extended characters
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