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command line interface anyone?

Discussion in 'A+' started by robbo1962, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. robbo1962

    robbo1962 Byte Poster

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    Ok have returned to this gem after a break and am working through chapter 13 of MM. I can manoevere around this but i am a bit stumped when it comes to deleting a directory, in a directory i have created i have a DIR . and a DIR .. i cannot delete either if these, also when i try DELTREE i am told it is not recognize as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks Robbo
    Below is what i have been doing.

    6 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\GB1>MD Games

    D:\GB1>DIR
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\GB1

    15/10/2006 22:43 <DIR> .
    15/10/2006 22:43 <DIR> ..
    15/10/2006 22:43 <DIR> Files
    15/10/2006 22:43 <DIR> Games
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    4 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\GB1>RD Files

    D:\GB1>DIR
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\GB1

    15/10/2006 22:44 <DIR> .
    15/10/2006 22:44 <DIR> ..
    15/10/2006 22:43 <DIR> Games
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    3 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\GB1>RD Games

    D:\GB1>DIR
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\GB1

    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> .
    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> ..
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    2 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free


    D:\GB1>MD Games

    D:\GB1>DIR
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\GB1

    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> .
    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> ..
    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> Games
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    3 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\GB1>DEL Games
    D:\GB1\Games\*, Are you sure (Y/N)? y

    D:\GB1>DIR
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\GB1

    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> .
    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> ..
    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> Games
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    3 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\GB1>DELTREE
    'DELTREE' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    D:\GB1>DELTREE D:\GB1
    'DELTREE' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    D:\GB1>cd
    D:\GB1

    D:\GB1>CD\D
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    D:\GB1>CD/D

    D:\GB1>dir
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\GB1

    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> .
    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> ..
    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> Games
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    3 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\GB1>CD
    D:\GB1

    D:\GB1>CD\

    D:\>DELTREE\GB1
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    D:\>DELTREE D\GB1
    'DELTREE' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    D:\>rd
    The syntax of the command is incorrect.

    D:\>RD
    The syntax of the command is incorrect.

    D:\>RD\GB1
    The directory is not empty.

    D:\>CD/GB1

    D:\GB1>dir
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\GB1

    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> .
    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> ..
    15/10/2006 22:45 <DIR> Games
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    3 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\GB1>RD\.
    The directory is not empty.

    D:\GB1>RD .
    The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.

    D:\GB1>RD GAMES

    D:\GB1>DIR
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\GB1

    15/10/2006 22:52 <DIR> .
    15/10/2006 22:52 <DIR> ..
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    2 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\GB1>RD .
    The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.

    D:\GB1>RD ..
    The directory is not empty.

    D:\GB1>CD\.

    D:\>RD.
    The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.

    D:\>CD\

    D:\>CD\GB1

    D:\GB1>DIR
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\GB1

    15/10/2006 22:52 <DIR> .
    15/10/2006 22:52 <DIR> ..
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    2 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\GB1>RD .
    The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.

    D:\GB1>DELTREE
    'DELTREE' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    D:\GB1>CD/

    D:\GB1>CD/H
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    D:\GB1>CD/E
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    D:\GB1>CD\H
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    D:\GB1>CD\

    D:\>DIR
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\

    11/08/2006 14:18 <DIR> Airport Tycoon 3
    09/08/2006 03:51 <DIR> BIRD1
    16/03/2006 14:31 <DIR> Documents and Settings
    15/10/2006 22:52 <DIR> GB1
    05/09/2001 23:00 1,700,352 gdiplus.dll
    05/10/2006 19:10 <DIR> gmax
    12/01/2006 17:50 <DIR> Redist
    05/08/2006 13:07 231 X-Plane Installer.prf
    2 File(s) 1,700,583 bytes
    6 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\>CD\BIRD1

    D:\BIRD1>DIR
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\BIRD1

    09/08/2006 03:51 <DIR> .
    09/08/2006 03:51 <DIR> ..
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    2 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\BIRD1>DEL .
    D:\BIRD1\*, Are you sure (Y/N)? Y

    D:\BIRD1>DEL ..
    D:\*, Are you sure (Y/N)? Y

    D:\BIRD1>Y
    'Y' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    D:\BIRD1>DIR
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\BIRD1

    09/08/2006 03:51 <DIR> .
    09/08/2006 03:51 <DIR> ..
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    2 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\BIRD1>DEL .
    D:\BIRD1\*, Are you sure (Y/N)? Y

    D:\BIRD1>DIR
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\BIRD1

    09/08/2006 03:51 <DIR> .
    09/08/2006 03:51 <DIR> ..
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    2 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\BIRD1>DIR
    Volume in drive D is DATA
    Volume Serial Number is B85B-23B4

    Directory of D:\BIRD1

    09/08/2006 03:51 <DIR> .
    09/08/2006 03:51 <DIR> ..
    0 File(s) 0 bytes
    2 Dir(s) 110,224,629,760 bytes free

    D:\BIRD1>
     
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  2. Sparky
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    dont think you can use it in Windows XP mate :blink

    http://malektips.com/2000wd0008.html
     
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  3. robbo1962

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    No mention of that in the book, thanks for the link.
     
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  4. Sparky
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    You will find some differences when playing around with DOS.

    Such as ‘cmd’ being ‘command’ and ‘ipconfig’ being ‘winifconfig’ on older operating systems. :blink
     
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    Shouldn't that be *winipcfg* Sparky :rolleyes:
     
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  6. nugget
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    You also need a space between the command and the switch.

    D:\GB1>CD\D
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    should be

    D:\GB1>CD D:
    or
    D:\GB1>CD .. to go up one level.
     
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  7. hbroomhall

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    Deltree doesn't exist in Win2k or XP as far as I know.

    The . and .. entries are in effect 'automatic' entries that refer to 'this directory' and 'parent directory' respectively.

    If the only entries in a directory are these then the directory is empty, and can be removed.

    Harry.
     
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  8. Clyde

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    what hbroomhall said...

    I dunno why microsoft show those at all. Your best bet is to forget they exist. You cannot delete them.
     
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  9. hbroomhall

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    Tradition. They hail from the Unix world. And they are in fact useful in some commands.

    Harry.
     
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  10. Clyde

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    I agree that use of the .. is useful, but displaying the . and .. folders is pointless and confusing IMO
     
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  11. robbo1962

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    Thanks for the advice, much appreciated. Time to take an aspirin and have another go.
     
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  12. Sparky
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    opps! :oops:
     
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