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William Barnes
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Joined: Mar 16, 2001
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Ha, made you look.

Ok so I write a java program compile and run on unix.

Give the program to a co-worker who wants to compile in DOS. They have problems so I try and reproduce them. My problems are of a different nature though.

First I am not able to cd, in DOS, into a directory which has a space in the name. Using an "*" didn't work either. My coworker has no problems doing this.

Next I make a new directory, from within Explorer, with no spaces in the name. Back in DOS I am still not able to cd into it.

Than I create a directory from the DOS prompt, this one I am able to cd into, but Explorer doesn't show this directory?

I have been using unix for 15 years, and I can't handle two simple things in DOS. And I get paid to do this, ha!

So all of your insightfull comments are welcome. Thanks.

Please ignore post, I have no idea what I am talking about.
Tim West
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Joined: Mar 15, 2004
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Hahaha, I went the other way (Win$/Dos->Linux)...and I only look back when I can't avoid it.

Are you on Win98 etc? I assume you are, seeing you mention "DOS prompt". In this case, I guess the most obvious thing...are you aware of the difference between how DOS and Windows view file names? Do a 'dir' from the DOS prompt. You'll see a column that says something like "MS DOS Name", with entries like "PROGRA~1". You have to use these names to move in DOS. Dos names are 8 chars or less, with no spaces. There are probably other character restrictions I'm not aware of.

As for Explorer not showing a directory created in DOS...I dunno!

If you're on Win2k/XP, ignore me

Hope I didn't state the bleeding obvious,

Marilyn de Queiroz

Joined: Jul 22, 2000
Posts: 9058
Which DOS are you using? Which is the co-worker using? Different ones behave differently. Did you start by choosing "Run ..." or by using the Start button? If you start DOS using "cmd", you'll get a different DOS than if you use "command".

Try cd-ing to the directory by using the first 6 letters of the dir and adding a ~1 on the end (e.g. Program Files becomes Progra~1).

As for Explorer not noticing the new dir, it happens -- sometimes even with a "refresh". Did you try to restart Explorer?

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William Barnes
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Joined: Mar 16, 2001
Posts: 986

That was it.
Run --> cmd
Run --> command
Two different versions of DOS (I am on XP). Thanks!
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