[vcf-midatlantic] Help with installing 1980s DOS program

Richard Cini rich.cini at gmail.com
Mon May 13 22:11:17 EDT 2019


At one point I had ansi.sys installed and did all sorts of stuff with jazzy prompts. On my systems now I always add “@echo off”, the prompt command above, a modified PATH, install Norton Commander and “reboot.com”.

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From: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic-bounces at lists.vcfed.org> on behalf of Dean Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>
Sent: Monday, May 13, 2019 10:01 PM
To: Evan Koblentz
Cc: Dean Notarnicola; vcf-midatlantic
Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] Help with installing 1980s DOS program

$p$g was pretty standard at the time. It was very helpful when navigating
through the directory structure.

On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 9:49 PM Evan Koblentz <evan at vcfed.org> wrote:

> >> It displays the current path in the C: prompt e.g. C:\DOS
>
> Oh, okay.
>
> No need for that.
>
> On Mon, May 13, 2019, 9:47 PM Dean Notarnicola <dnotarnicola at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> It displays the current path in the C: prompt e.g. C:\DOS
>>
>> On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 9:43 PM Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
>> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>>
>>> >> PROMPT $P$G
>>>
>>> What is that part?
>>>
>>> On Mon, May 13, 2019, 9:40 PM Ethan O'Toole <telmnstr at 757.org> wrote:
>>>
>>> > > Now all I need to do is edit (autoexec.bat?) with a path line, if
>>> fuzzy
>>> > > college memory serves me correctly, in order for this to work right
>>> from
>>> > > c:\.
>>> >
>>> > If dos is in C:\DOS:
>>> >
>>> > PATH=C:\DOS;C:\yourprogram;etc
>>> > PROMPT $P$G
>>> >
>>> > It's amazing how much we forget about things we grew up using and
>>> hacking
>>> > around on everyday!
>>> >
>>> > Apparently lawyers were big on DOS era word processors (Word Perfect)
>>> > because of forms they have where they fill in items and it populates
>>> them
>>> > or something. The same thing exists of course in modern systems but
>>> change
>>> > is hard and not always better.
>>> >
>>> > - Ethan
>>> >
>>>
>>


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