Hi, > 1. The "VOL" command built into command.com appears to > output to stderr instead of stdout.
No, but you have to do e.g. VOL d:>somefile.txt because VOL d: >somefile.txt is rejected. Looks like FreeCOM command.com is 1. too picky and 2. does not strip spaces before the < > | signs. Should be FIXED. > 2. The MS-DOS syntax > if condition ( > ... > ) > gives a syntax error. Where is the behavior of "if" in command.com > documented? You cannot do IF with () in MS-DOS. Maybe you can in WinNT, with the cmd.* shell, but you cannot do it with command.com of MS DOS. To get more information, do: IF /? at the prompt. To get a list of all commands in FreeCOM, by the way, do ? at the prompt. Further help is available by starting help (htmlhelp) and reading the "batch file commands" section. There is some homepage, too: http://freedos.sourceforge.net/freecom/FreeCOM.html If you want to download a new version as suggested by http://freedos.sourceforge.net/freecom/FreeCOM.html#-download-http then you should NOT use the files directly in the http://freedos.sourceforge.net/freecom/packages/ directory - those are OLD. Instead, use e.g.: http://freedos.sourceforge.net/freecom/packages/082pl3/ or alternatively: http://freedos.sourceforge.net/freecom/packages/TESTING/com082pl3ak/ Somebody should really move the old versions to subdirectories on that server :-(. Eric ------------------------------------------------------- SF email is sponsored by - The IT Product Guide Read honest & candid reviews on hundreds of IT Products from real users. Discover which products truly live up to the hype. Start reading now. http://ads.osdn.com/?ad_id=6595&alloc_id=14396&op=click _______________________________________________ Freedos-user mailing list Freedosfirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user