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hpr3510 :: Syntax, Switches, and Help

We continue our look the old warhorse, DOS. This time it is Syntax, Switches, and Help.

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Hosted by Ahuka on 2022-01-14 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
DOS, early PC computing, syntax, switches, help. 1.
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Duration: 00:20:15


DOS is a general acronym for "Disk Operating System", though it came to refer to the operating system used in the IBM PC, particularly Microsoft's MS-DOS.

Since DOS is a command line type of operating system, it is really important that you understand the syntax of commands. The good news is that the system will do what you tell it to do. But the bad news is that it will do what you tell it to do. You have to tell it in the precisely correct way, and that means Syntax. And with a number of commands you can modify them using Switches. And where do you learn all about Syntax and Switches? Why, in the HELP system, of course!


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Comment #1 posted on 2022-01-17 07:59:16 by tuturto

This brought some memories

This was fun to listen to and remember how my first PC was hand me down IBM 088 that I got from a local metal shop. It had whopping 640kb of memory and two floppy drives (no hard drive at all). There were no fancy graphical user interface or anything, all interaction was on text mode with keyboard.

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