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dosif(4)							      dosif(4)

       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
       file name:


       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.

   Example 1
       Specify DOSIF file accessed through HP-UX special file

   Example 2
       Specify DOSIF file accessed through the DOS volume stored as HP-UX file



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