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I just found out about the arcinst.exe from a news group. Where can I find additional information on this exe and the other cmd's and exe's in the os/2 director?
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by:Otta
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A well-written command will respond to:

   command_name -?
or
   command_name /?

Try it!
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by:hsmith061297
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The only thing these flags did, when executing arcinst, is add new archives to os2/archives. I had tried the "?" without the "-" or "/" before with the same results.
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Please be specific -- which .EXE or .COM or .CMD file do you consider to be "undocumented",
and why do you think that executing it will be to your advantage?
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by:hsmith061297
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In my os/2 user group one person was having problem with his desk top one response from another user was to use the arcinst command to archive your current desk top instead of setting the archive flag and have to remember to remove when you start your system. This and a lot of other exe and cmd are in the x:\os2 directory, but with no available documentation that I can find. As my question states I am not looking for documentation on one command but documentation on the commands available in the above directory. Also I can not say if executing them is to my advantage until I know what they do!!!
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by:Otta
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Well, given the list of files in the OS2 directory, some are REXX files,
which you can "inspect":

HELP.CMD
PATCHWP.CMD
REXXTRY.CMD
SETVGA.CMD
SRD2FIX.CMD

Others are documented commands (enter "HELP _name_"):

BOOT.COM
CHKDSK.COM
COMP.COM
DISKCOMP.COM
DISKCOPY.COM
FDISK.COM
FORMAT.COM
KEYB.COM
LABEL.COM
MODE.COM
MORE.COM
PRINT.COM
RECOVER.COM
TREE.COM
UNDELETE.COM

and others are documented executables:

ANSI.EXE
ARCINST.EXE
ARCRECOV.EXE
ATTRIB.EXE
BACKUP.EXE
BLDLEVEL.EXE
CACHE.EXE
CLIPOS2.EXE
CLNDESK.EXE
CMD.EXE
COMETRUN.EXE
E.EXE
EAUTIL.EXE
FDISKPM.EXE
FIND.EXE
HELPMSG.EXE
ICONEDIT.EXE
LD2FIX.EXE
LINK.EXE
LINK386.EXE
MAKEINI.EXE
PATCH.EXE
PMCHKDSK.EXE
PMFORMAT.EXE
PMREXX.EXE
PMSHELL.EXE
PMSPOOL.EXE
PSTAT.EXE
RC.EXE
RCPP.EXE
REPLACE.EXE
RESTORE.EXE
RMVIEW.EXE
RXQUEUE.EXE
RXSUBCOM.EXE
SETBOOT.EXE
SOMDD.EXE
SOMDSVR.EXE
SORT.EXE
SPOOL.EXE
svga.exe
SYSLEVEL.EXE
SYSLOG.EXE
SYSLOGPM.EXE
TEDIT.EXE
TRACE.EXE
TRACEFMT.EXE
tutorial.exe
UNPACK.EXE
UNPACK2.EXE
VIEW.EXE
VIEWDOC.EXE
WPDSACTV.EXE
WPDSINIT.EXE
XCOPY.EXE
XDFCOPY.EXE

Which ones intrigue you?
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by:hsmith061297
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Well its nice to know what they are. My question was what do they do?
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by:Otta
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Open an OS/2 window, and enter 'help FILENAME',
where "FILENAME" is any one of the above names.
Which one(s) returns "topic not found" ???

Rather than duplicating the IBM documentation in my reply,
let's restrict our discussion to the "undocumented" ones.
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by:hsmith061297
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Lets limited to arcinst command. Help arinst results in no topic found. Where do I find additional information on this command?
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ID: 1805789
In this case, for the ARCINST command,
there is no additional help.

Backup your \OS2\ARCHIVE directory,
and then run this command.
Look at the changes made,
then "restore" the backup copy.
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