XP - MORE and DOSKEY defaults
Posted on 2003-03-25
Why Microsoft seems to force default to modified behaviour of facilities is beyond me, but Uncle Bill seems to be richer than me, so it appears to be advantageous.
In my brand-new XP system, which I purchased because a program that worked on NT decided it wouldn't work on XP so I have to debug it, the command prompt appears to have a couple of interesting features.
1) It appears to load DOSKEY automatically (good idea) but with the default /INSERT (bad idea, since /OVERSTRIKE was the default in earlier versions). I can't find any mention in *.NT of invoking DOSKEY to modify! Naturally, the new revised HINDER system has no apparent information.
2) Similarly, some cretin has modified MORE to have some extended features that are, according to the documentation (more/?|more) DISABLED by default, and controlled by the envvar 'more'. Despite having no 'more' envvar set, I'm appear to have the extended features enabled (well, more specifically the RETURN key gets one more line, rather than NEXT PAGE as in earlier versions - I'm not interested in the other 'enhancements' since I use more than one version of DOS/WINDOWS)
No doubt there are a few more surprises yet to be encountered, but any way of restoring the behaviour that has been normal for over 20 years?