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I want to cd to a directory in dos that has a space in its name (ie. Program Files).  It will not let me do this and says 'Too many parameters - Files'.  Is there a way I can do this or a program that I can get to allow these names.  

Also, I would like dos to recognize commands such as 'help', 'ls', etc.  I have worked with pcs that do this.  Any suggestions.
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You need to use the 8.3 naming standard to do your change directory.  Generally, this resloves down to cd progra~1 or cd "Program Files".  Any extensions to the basic DOS command line functions have either been provided by replaceable DOS command line programs (Like 4DOS), or by individual programs that execute off of your Path directory settings.  Under Win32 Operating systems, substituting the command processor is not advised in a monolithic monoply software situation.
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Thanks, cymbolic.  You can have the points if you answer me one question.  What is a "monolithic monoply software situation"?  
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by:datn
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Microsoft would be your answer. Everything with computers nowadays is integrated into Microsoft's windows operating systems.
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by:staticsnow
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to use commands such as ls:

1.) go to the command prompt and type edit ls.bat
2.) type the following lines
@echo off
dir
3.) Save the file to a directory in your path (c:\windows would be good)

most commands have a dos equvilant.  just use the above system to create commands
cp=copy
ls=dir
rm=del  etc
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by:Lai
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in good old dos (not under windows 95)
a space is shown when tere a "." is in the directory name
for example md test.dir  will make the directoryname "test dir"
a space can allso be made if you hold the Alt button and type in 255 (for ascii code)
this will also work with other codes (so you can use nearly all ascii codes for naming your subdirectorys)
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by:benten
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Some versions of COMMAND.COM contain a DIR command that support the /X option (I know NT does).  This will give one bothe the long name and the short 8.3 name of a file or directory.
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