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Re: Windows XP Requires Command-Line Familiarity

  • Subject: Re: Windows XP Requires Command-Line Familiarity
  • From: "arachnid" <none@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 03:03:47 -0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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On Tue, 23 May 2006 17:15:05 -0700, Chirag Shukla wrote:

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Those who proclaim that Linux requires command-line knowledge should
>> have a load of this:
>> http://www.short-media.com/review.php?r=313
>> Repairing Windows XP in Eight Commands
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> |     * C: CD ..
>> |     * C: ATTRIB ?H C:\boot.ini
>> |     * C:ATTRIB ?S C:\boot.ini
>> |     * C:ATRIB ?R C:\boot.ini
>> |     * C: del boot.ini
>> |     * C: BOOTCFG /Rebuild
>> |     * C: CHKDSK /R /F
>> |     * C: FIXBOOT
>> `----
> attrib/del/chkdsk can be done with a GUI also. Linux GUI has equivalent
> programs to hide/unhide/delete and troubleshoot disks. I dont know about
> bootcfg and fixboot. But anyway, my point is that command line is
> powerful in both Windows and Linux. It is essential to know command line
> commands because it is quicker, in my opinion, and once gotten the hang
> of it, it is simple too. GUI is easier, overall.

One of my favorite Windows XP packages:  http://unxutils.sourceforge.net/

This contains most of the standard *nix command-line tools for the Windows
XP DOS box (or whatever they call it), compiled to run native so it's a
quick and easy installation. No more typing "ls" and getting an error
message! The package also contains an sh interpreter so you can run shell
scripts under Windows.

Just remember that pipes and redirects don't work quite as well under
Windows. You can get away with them most of the time but occasionally
something won't work as it would under Linux. Also, due to a name
conflict with the DOS find.exe, you'll want to rename the *nix find (or
vice versa).

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