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run commands

by gibb / September 14, 2004 8:25 AM PDT

I know this is what i need to know from the run command.
When i type help to see all the command (ping, tracert, etc) the screen flashes quickly and i cannot read the whole list. i type help in the run box. what do i need to type to be able to see all the options

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Try "help | more"
by ChuckT / September 14, 2004 9:01 AM PDT
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Do NOT type the quote (") characters, and
that "|" character is the vertical bar (usually on the same key as the back-slash "\" but needing the SHIFT.

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Re: Try "help | more"
by gibb / September 14, 2004 12:47 PM PDT
In reply to: Try "help | more"

tried it help | more and it just flashed.

when i try help i see all the options roll right past me
i have tried help, help', help|more, help | more,
help/all. and many combos.

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Re: Try
by Papa Echo / September 14, 2004 8:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: Try "help | more"

That window which flashes past can be accessed via typing Help at the command prompt instead of at 'Start-Run'. However, I am not sure if that is what you want. To see what commands can be run, including switches, etc. use Google....

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Re: in a DOS Command window
by ChuckT / September 15, 2004 5:04 AM PDT
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aw geeze, you are right Papa Echo, I read right past what gibb said, he is typing that into the "Run" window.

gibb gibb gibb
To enter DOS commands, and when you expect some sort of response of text in a window, you need to first open a DOS window. You can't use the "Run" window, because immediately after the command line is acted upon the child window will close. Thus you just see a flash of the DOS window which opened up for that instant.
Also, if you enter some incorrect DOS command, you will never get the chance to read the error message.

So, click Start>All Programs>Accessories>Command Prompt
(alternate method: enter "cmd" into a Run window, that will also open a DOS window.)

In that DOS window type
help | more
(again, that is a vertical bar).

The commands may individually have a way of getting additional help by entering
HELP somecommand
(where somecommand is the command you want some additional info of how to use the command)

That is generally the nearest help you will find
OR you could try following the command with at least one space
then "?" or "/?" or "-?" or "/h" or "-h"
Sometimes, just entering the command, with no following parameters, will also bring up that same rudimentary help. It really depends upon the code developer of that command. Try any to see what works for that command.

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Re: run commands
by Edward ODaniel / September 14, 2004 12:33 PM PDT
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Re: run commands
by tnaser / September 14, 2004 10:12 PM PDT
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The easiest method is to go to Start/Accessories?Command Prompt and type in Help. All of the commands that are present in WinXP will be shown in order along with a discription on what the command does.


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Re: run commands
by christy / September 15, 2004 9:49 AM PDT
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Well, typing 'Help' gives the DOS like system commands, but does not give what gibb wants, a list of built-in 'utilities', e.g. 'ping' and 'tracert'. Another example is 'ipconfig'. The files of these utilities may be found at the Windows/System32 folder, and more may be added. I once copy the qbasic files from a Win95 disk unto the System32 folder was was able to launch qbasic(a DOS program) by typing qbasic at the command prompt, as well as at 'Start>Run'. the question is- where can I get a default list of these 'utilities' I think this is also what gibb wants. Thanks.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2004 10:18 AM PDT
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Gibb needs to learn about

Or Gibb needs to consider opening the book that came with XP and maybe buying another book if they want printed documentation.


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