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Using the command line interface The need for an operating system

This chapter outlines the facilities provided by the DOS operating system and the command line interpreter (CLI) in particular. Emphasis has been placed on those features which are of particular relevance to the engineer and software developer as well as those who may be unfamiliar with what lies below the Windows interface. If you are planning to develop applications that will run on minimal systems (without the overhead imposed and restriction imposed by Windows) or if you are developing console applications to run inside the Windows environment time spent in getting to know the CLI (including its peculiarities and foibles) can be instrumental in avoiding a variety of pitfalls.