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Change Attributes of Directory.

Posted on 1999-06-30
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-12-29
Using dos under win95.
How can I use dos to remove the attributes of a directory (by attributes I mean Hidden/System/ReadOnly etc). I have tried every combination of the Attrib command but this seems to be strictly limited to files not directories.

Any help very welcome.
Question by:brockway
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jmenees earned 400 total points
ID: 1689581
dont inclued brackets

 ATTRIB  [directoryname] To display the attributes of a directory:

 ATTRIB      [filename]  To display the attributes of a file:

To set or remove attributes of a file or directory:

ATTRIB [ +  - A] [ +   - H] [ +   - R] [ +   - S] [directory filename] [/S]

+ Sets an attribute. - Clears an attribute.
 A       Archive file attribute.
 H       Hidden file attribute.
 R       Read-only file attribute.
 S       System file attribute
 /S       Processes files in all directories in the specified path.

To hide the directory call test  c:\test
ATTRIB +H c:\test

To remove the hide
ATTRIB -H c:\test

To hide the files (but not the directories) in the C:\test
ATTRIB +H c:\test\*.*

you can add mult combos like

ATTRIB -H-S-R C:\test

The directory's Read-Only attribute can be set. But this seems to serve NO purpose at all. The attribute only applies to the directory only and NOT the files within the directory.


Author Comment

ID: 1689582
Well yes that should work but try adding all the attributes to a directory (including hidden). Then coding

ATTRIB -h -s -R -A C:\Testdir\*.* /s

The files will have their attributes removed but the directory and any hidden subdirectory will continue to have the hidden attribute.

What am I  missing here?

Author Comment

ID: 1689583
Increase in points for the genious that cracks this one!!

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