Appending Binary Files Using the COPY Command

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MS-DOS allows you to append several binary files together using the COPY command. However, the target file that results is smaller than the sum of the source files.

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To append binary files, use the COPY command with the /b switch. The syntax is as follows:
copy <source1> /b + <source2> /b [....] <targetfile>
copy /b <source1> + <source2> [....] <targetfile>
You can also combine several files into one by using wildcards. For example:
copy /b *.exe combin.exe
Note: The /b switch is also useful when combining or appending ASCII files that contain embedded control characters.

For more information, query on the following words:
COPY and strip and EOF
COPY and concatenate
COPY and XCOPY and merge

Article ID: 71161 - Last Review: May 12, 2003 - Revision: 1