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Using MS-DOS Edlin Utility to Edit Text Files

This article was previously published under Q67706
This article outlines how to start and use Edlin, the MS-DOS fileediting utility.
  1. At the MS-DOS prompt, type EDLIN <filename>. If EDLIN.COM and the file you want to edit are not in the root directory or in the MS-DOS path, enter the full path to each.

    For example:
    EDLIN.COM uses the asterisk as a prompt. To view the first 23 lines of your file, type L at the prompt. Each line of the file will be listed with a number next to it.
  2. To edit a line, type the number of the line at the prompt and press ENTER. A copy of the line will be displayed and a blank line with the line number will displayed underneath it. If you press ENTER now, no changes will be made to the line. To begin editing, start typing and press ENTER to keep changes and return to the prompt.
  3. To remark a line out, do the following:

    1. Type the number of the line at the prompt and press ENTER.
    2. Press INS.
    3. Type rem.
    4. Press F3 (this will insert the original text).
    5. Press ENTER.
  4. To save your changes to the file, type e at the prompt. Edlin will save the file and end the session, returning you to MS-DOS.

    NOTE: To exit Edlin without saving the changes to your file, type q at the prompt and press ENTER. When prompted, type y to abort the editing session.

EDLIN Commands

The following information is a list of EDLIN commands and theirfunctionality.

MS-DOS Command: EDLIN <Filename>
Display Commands    Definition----------------    ----------L  LIST:            Displays listing of [RANGE] of lines. If [RANGE] is   [RANGE] L        not specified, L displays entire file or first 23                    lines.P  PAGE:            Displays listing of [RANGE] of lines. If [RANGE] is   [RANGE] p        not specified, p displays entire file. This differs                    from LIST in that PAGE changes the current line to                    be the last line.S  SEARCH:            Searches [RANGE] of lines for [STRING].   [RANGE] s [STRING]Editing Commands              Definition----------------              ----------C  copy:                      Copies [RANGE] of lines to [LINE].   [RANGE],[LINE],[NUMBER] c  [NUMBER] specifies how many copies                              to do.D  DELETE:                    Deletes [RANGE] of lines.   [RANGE] dI  INSERT:                    Inserts new lines beginning at [LINE].   [LINE] i                   Use CTRL+C to exit insert mode.M  MOVE:                      Moves [RANGE] of lines to position [LINE].   [RANGE],[LINE] m15 LINE EDIT:                 Allows editing of line.   [LINE]R  REPLACE:                     Searches [RANGE] for [STRING1] and   [RANGE] r [STRING1][STRING2] replaces it with [STRING2].Disk Commands                   Definition-------------                   ----------A  APPEND:   [NUMBER] a                   Reads [NUMBER] of lines from disk                                into memory.T  TRANSFER:                       Merges [FILE] into current document   [LINE] t [DRIVE:][\PATH][FILE]  at [LINE].W  WRITE:                       Writes [NUMBER] of lines onto disk.   [NUMBER] wQuit Options    Definition------------    ----------Q  QUIT:        Quits Edlin without saving changes.E  END:         Quits Edlin after saving changes.				
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Article ID: 67706 - Last Review: 09/24/2011 04:10:00 - Revision: 3.0

  • Microsoft Windows 3.0 Standard Edition
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