About File Attributes

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ABOUT FILE ATTRIBUTES

An attribute is a special characteristic assigned to a file by DOS or an applications program. If a file has any attributes, they will be listed in the Status Window when the pointer is positioned next to that file. There are four attributes for each file. Each is either "ON" or "OFF".

Hidden: A "hidden" file will not be listed in the DOS directory. (For example, if you type the command "DIR", you won't see it.) However, it will show up in the DM directory.

System: This is a file that the computer uses internally. You should NEVER do ANYTHING with system files. You do want your system to boot next time you turn it on, don't you?

Read Only: A "read-only" file is write-protected. This means it can't be changed. It also can't be deleted using DOS commands. However, it can be deleted with DM. You might want to change a file to "read only" if you want to prevent anyone from accidentally deleting it.

Archive: When you run the DOS backup program to backup your hard disk, it sets the "archive flag" for each file ("ON"). This tells the system that "this file has been backed up." If you later modify that file, the archive flag is reset ("OFF"). Then, the next time the backup utility is run, it skips over files with archive flags because they've already been backed up. Normally, there is no reason to change an archive attribute.

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