DOSIF - DOS interchange format
The DOS Interchange Format (DOSIF) is the name given to the media for‐
mat used by the DOS operating system. This format is based upon that
used in IBM PC and PC AT and HP Vectra systems.
Use the and commands to convert files between HP-UX and DOS file for‐
mats; see dos2ux(1). Use these utilities to retrieve information from
a DOSIF volume.
The dos*(1) utilities are the only HP-UX commands that can interact
directly with the contents of a DOSIF volume. The only other way to
interact with the contents of a DOSIF volume is to use an HP-UX DOS
emulation or coprocessor facility such as SoftPC or the DOS Coproces‐
sor. The command cannot be used on a DOSIF volume because the operat‐
ing system does not recognize it (see mount(1M)).
When constructing file names for the dos*(1) commands, start with the
HP-UX path name of the DOSIF volume, then add a colon followed by the
This file naming convention is suitable for use only in arguments of
the dos*(1) utilities. It does not constitute a legal path name for
any other use in HP-UX applications.
Metacharacters and can be used when specifying both HP-UX and DOS file
names. These must be quoted when specifying a DOS file name, because
file name expansion is performed by the DOS utilities, not by the
shell. The dos*(1) utilities expand file names as described in reg‐
exp(5) in the section.
By convention, if the HP-UX device name and a trailing colon are speci‐
fied, but no file or directory name is provided (for example, the root
of the DOS file system is assumed.
Specify DOSIF file accessed through HP-UX special file
Specify DOSIF file accessed through the DOS volume stored as HP-UX file