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Command Line


The command line refers to the blinking cursor which, prior to the use of Microsoft Windows®, is at the heart of all operating systems. In the world of mini computers and UNIX®, the command line is often called the '$' prompt and signifies that the operating system is able to accept another command; e.g. to 'mount' a new disk-pack or to format a disk.

People familiar with Microsoft DOS environment will always recall the 'C' prompt, being the command line familiar to all PC users as C:\ (with optional parameters to include the current path).

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