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Windows console applications

Operating systems : Windows

Some time ago text-based applications were the only form of software of average end user computer experience. As well as after the graphical user interface programs started to become widespread, console applications used to retain their strong positions. But gradually GUI software virtually superseded text-based applications in daily use of the average end user. However, even now there are console programs that can more or less compete with software of graphical user interface, be useful for the average user to solve various problems and fulfill numerous tasks on modern computers.

Besides file managers, multimedia programs, text editors, web browsers, there are plenty of other text-based programs and utilities for use under Windows: both standalone and those included in MS Windows distributions. For example, ipconfig and netstat for work with network, Windows built-in FTP client useful for some tasks, CommandBurner for command line burning CD / DVD or cdburn with dvdburn from Windows Server 2003 Support Tools for the same, etc.


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Renaming files in DOS

 

Renaming files in DOS by REN command REN FILE1.TXT FILE2.TXT - Renames FILE1.TXT into FILE2.TXT REN FILE1.TXT FILE2.HTM - Renames FILE1.TXT into FILE2.HTM REN *.TXT *.HTM - Renames all files with .txt extension into files with .htm extension. Only extensions are changed, the file names proper are left as they were. Since REN is the shorter form of RENAME command, RENAME may be used instead - as more self-explaining may be. Renaming files in DOS by MOVE command MOVE FILE1.TXT FILE2.TXT - Renames FILE1.TXT into FILE2.TXT MOVE FILE1.TXT FILE2.HTM - Renames FILE1.TXT into FILE2.HTM Both methods of file renaming work in Windows command prompt as well. But there is a certain distinction: MS-DOS, other typical / older DOS'es, command prompt of Windows prior to Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.51 use a short filename / 8.3 filename convention. So, for example, REN FILE1.HTM FILE1.HTML is not going to work, there will be "Duplicate file name or file name not found" message. And that is not the case with newer DOS'es or command prompt of newer Windows. It can be not the case in older DOS'es also - if relevant drivers are installed. [ 1 ] MS-DOS 6.0+ tested - but it also may happen to work well under other versions of MS-DOS or other DOS'es.

ELinks. Configuration

 

Jump to: ELinks - Text-based or console web browser. Description: features, screenshots, download links. ELinks. Use - How to use ELinks. What ELinks can and what can not, i.e. what may be configured depends on several things. The most common are capability of the console it is run on and support of what was chosen during the compilation process of an ELinks browser source code. Under certain operating systems (Windows for instance) it is easier and more reliable to omit some possible features. The configuration of ELinks 0.12pre2 from Package Database of Zenwalk Linux (originally based on Slackware, still keeping compatibility with its binary packages) is discussed here. It is quite representative in its qualities among other Linux ELinks browser versions for desktop PC computers. User interface of Windows ELinks and that of Linux / some other *nix systems ELinks of comparable versions are the same. If an ELinks package has been compiled without some feature or the console is not capable of something then it just will not be possible to choose the feature in the configuration process; or possible, but it will not work. For example, if this ELinks is compiled without support of 256 colors or your console is not capable of displaying them, then it just will only be possible to choose 16 or "No colors (mono)" in the menu. And the ELinks will work as much well in the rest. The whole configuration of ELinks may be done through the menu of the browser - there is no need to edit config files. Even if some fine-tuning may require editing of elinks.conf or even source code files - but that is not the issue for average use. The menu of ELinks is hidden when it is displaying a web page: To access the menu, press Esc on the keyboard: Configuration options are in "Setup" group: 1 ) "Language" - set a language of ELinks user interface. It is possible to set it to the system language or to several others. System and terminal emulator / console have to be prepared for this change - corresponding localization / internationalization files installed and configured. Choose a language (English in this example): To keep it, press Esc again, then Setup, then Save options, then confirm by clicking OK.