DOS command equivalents This appendix contains a table showing some common MS-DOS commands and their SCO OpenServer system equivalents.
For more information about any of the SCO OpenServer system commands, consult the Operating System User's Reference.
The commands listed below are for working with SCO OpenServer system files. If you have DOS installed on the same machine as your SCO OpenServer system, you can access your DOS files from within the SCO OpenServer system. For more information about accessing DOS files, see ``Working with DOS'' and doscmd(C) in the Operating System User's Reference.
|DOS command||What it does||UNIX system equivalent||Notes|
|cls||clear the screen||clear(C)|
|Use cp to copy files, copy to copy directories, and tar to copy files or directories onto floppy disks or tapes.|
|date||display the system date and time||
|On the UNIX system, date displays the date and the time. cal displays the date, the time, and a 3-month calendar.|
|del||delete a file||rm(C)||Be careful when using rm with wildcard characters, like rm .|
|dir||list the contents of a directory||ls(C)||There are a variety of options to ls including ls -l to see a long listing, ls -c to see a listing in columns, and ls -f to see a listing that indicates file types.|
|diskcomp||make a track-by-track comparison of two floppy disks||diskcmp(C)|
|diskcopy||copy a source disk to a target disk||diskcp(C)|
|vi is a full-screen text editor with powerful search and replace functions. ed and ex are predecessors of vi.|
|fc||compare two files||
|diff compares two text files. diff3 compares three text files. Use cmp to compare binary files.|
|find||find text within a file||grep(C)||grep (global regular expression parser) finds text within a file. The UNIX system's find(C) command finds files.|
|format||format a disk||format(C)||See /etc/default/format for the default drive to format. The format command formats a disk for use with UNIX system files. Use dosformat (see doscmd(C)) to format a DOS disk.|
|mkdir||make a directory||mkdir(C)|
|more||display output one screen at a time||more(C)|
|print files in the background||lp(C)||Use lp filename & to print in the background. You can run any UNIX system command in the background by adding & (ampersand) to the end of the command line.|
|ren||rename a file||mv(C)|
|rmdir||remove an empty directory||rmdir(C)||Use rm -r to remove a directory that is not empty.|
|type||display a text file||
|Use tar if you want to copy directories onto disk or tape.|