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linux, ms-dos help (anyone knowledgeable)

by ut0023 / March 27, 2007 6:05 AM PDT

I just started really looking at ms-dos today and i looked up a few comands and started playing around. Its a whole lot of fun once you get started and i have a friend that uses "linux" he told me to keep playing on ms-dos learn how to open and operate a few programs from it and he would show me some introduction to linux and c programing. i have been thinking about learning how to do this for sometime however like i said i just started playing with it and had some fun.

now my problem is when he starts to teach me about it i dont want to feel like a complete noob and have no idea what i'm doing or what he is saying (hes way smarter than me on all this stuff) and i was wondering if someone could either give me a break down, a link, or anything else that could help me learn what all you CAN do on ms-dos and linux or any other program that works like them (feel kinda dumb atm)

what i would most appreciate is a specific comand that would do something impressive that i could learn from. i keep reading guides on it and all i keep getting is basic things like "color 09" will make your back ground black and your words navy blue (on ms-dos) i'm looking for something a little more indepth. something that i can build off of.

Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated. even a link to a guide.

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Regarding DOS
by linkit / March 27, 2007 6:54 AM PDT
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Very useful command: XCOPY
by linkit / March 27, 2007 7:50 AM PDT

File management commands are very practical for the typical user. These commands do things like create, delete, copy, and move files and/or folders (directories).

You can use the XCOPY command to copy files and folders from one place to another. For instance, I can copy my IE Favorites file to a USB flash drive by using XCOPY. (Extra credit: get fancier by copying the file to a folder with today's date and time in the folder' name.)

Now, wouldn't you like to get all of your important files into that folder for a backup? If you want to save a copy of everything in My Documents folder, Desktop folder, IE Favorites, Firefox Bookmarks, and Outlook (the .PST file), you would need to type the five different XCOPY commands every time you wanted to backup!

Instead, you could type those five XCOPY commands in a batch file once and save it on your desktop. This allows you to execute those five XCOPY commands every time you desire a backup by simply double-clicking the batch file. A nice time saver.

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