DOS command equivalents

DOS command equivalents

This topic contains a table showing some common MS-DOS commands and their UnixWare system equivalents.

For more information about any of the UnixWare system commands, consult the manual reference pages.

The commands listed below are for working with UnixWare system files.

DOS command (A-M) What it does UNIX system equivalent Notes
cd change directories cd(1)  
cls clear the screen clear(1)  
copy copy files cp(1), tar(1) Use cp to copy files and tar to copy files or directories onto floppy disks or tapes.
date display the system date and time date(1), cal(1) 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(1) Be careful when using rm with wildcard characters, like rm *.
dir list the contents of a directory ls(1) There are a variety of options to ls including ls -l to see a long listing and ls -f to see a listing that indicates file types.
edlin line editor ed(1), ex(1), vi(1) 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(1), diff3(1), cmp(1) diff compares two text files. diff3 compares three text files. Use cmp to compare binary files.
find find text within a file grep(1) grep (global regular expression parser) finds text within a file. The UNIX system's find(1) command finds files.
format format a disk format(1M) See /etc/default/format for the default drive to format. The format command formats a disk for use with UNIX system files.
mkdir make a directory mkdir(1)  
more display output one screen at a time more(1)  

DOS command (N-Z) What it does UNIX system equivalent Notes
print print files in the background lp(1) 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(1)  
rmdir remove an empty directory rmdir(1) Use rm -r to remove a directory that is not empty.
sort sort data sort(1)  
type display a text file cat(1), more(1)  
xcopy copy directories tar(1) Use tar if you want to copy directories onto disk or tape.

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