Solved

How do I open a text file from a DOS prompt?

Posted on 2007-03-30
10
593 Views
Last Modified: 2007-12-19
I am trying to run Symantec Ghost to clone a machine.  The process starts in DOS mode and fails and then tells me "Details output to file: Ghosterr.txt."  It then brings me to a DOS prompt:
C:\GHOST>
My question is how do I open the Ghosterr.txt file from that prompt?  I'm sure this is an easy question, but I don't have a clue.  As soon as I reboot the machine, that directory is removed from my C: drive.
Thank you!
0
Comment
Question by:ITBanker
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 5
  • 4
10 Comments
 
LVL 20

Expert Comment

by:Dufo G. Belski
ID: 18823939
C:\GHOST>type Ghosterr.txt

If that scrolls too fast, try

C:\GHOST>type Ghosterr.txt |more
0
 
LVL 20

Expert Comment

by:Dufo G. Belski
ID: 18823951
Or,

C:\GHOST>edit Ghosterr.txt
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:ITBanker
ID: 18824050
I'm sorry to be so ignorant, but what is the keystroke before "more" in your first response:

C:\GHOST>type Ghosterr.txt |more

When I typed C:\GHOST>edit Ghosterr.txt, I got the response "Bad command or file name".
0
Announcing the Most Valuable Experts of 2016

MVEs are more concerned with the satisfaction of those they help than with the considerable points they can earn. They are the types of people you feel privileged to call colleagues. Join us in honoring this amazing group of Experts.

 
LVL 20

Expert Comment

by:Dufo G. Belski
ID: 18824147
OK, first, don't type C:\GHOST>.  That was just to illustrate the DOS prompt.  Type
edit Ghosterr.txt or type Ghosterr.txt.  The pipe character | is above the Enter key.  Hold down Shift and hit the backslash key.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:ITBanker
ID: 18824336
Here is what I actually typed:
type ghosterr.txt |more
The response:  "Bad command or file name

Then I typed:
edit ghosterr.txt
Same response.

When I type "type ghosterr.txt" a whole bunch of text scrolls past.  I understand that the "|more" switch is supposed to stop that, but it doesn't appear to be working.
0
 
LVL 20

Expert Comment

by:Dufo G. Belski
ID: 18824397
Is there a printer?  Try this:

type ghosterr.txt >lpt1

It works for me even though I have a network printer.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:ITBanker
ID: 18824424
I have both a network printer and a local USB printer, but the response I'm getting is:

Write fault error writing device LPT1
Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?

Sorry to be so difficult.  I'll have to give you more points.  :)
0
 
LVL 67

Expert Comment

by:sirbounty
ID: 18825106
ITBanker, the problem is 'probably' that you've booted from a floppy into a 'limited' DOS mode?  This is the way we ghost our machines.

So your options are to drop either edit, more, or (if you're really brave and a semi-old-timer like myself, edlin) onto that same disk (or perhaps its already there but not part of the path).

If that's the case, try this at the prompt (assuming A: is the floppy or boot device you're running ghost from)

dir A:\more.* /s
or
dir A:\edit.* /s

If either of these returns anything, take the path that was returned and use that in your full command statement.
Ex: If it returns that more is located in A:\DosFiles
then you'd type

type ghost.err| a:\dosfiles\more
to pause each screen (the above assuming that ghost.err is in the current folder).

Otherwise, download edit from here: http://www.uv.tietgen.dk/staff/mlha/Download/DOS/microsoft/US/edit.com
0
 
LVL 20

Accepted Solution

by:
Dufo G. Belski earned 250 total points
ID: 18825236
I agree with sirbounty about the possibility of limited DOS mode.

One other option if you are booting from floppy.  If you have the copy command available, you could try

copy ghosterr.txt a:

then take the disk to another machine and read the file.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:ITBanker
ID: 18825278
That is EXACTLY what I needed!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH, asyscokid!!
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Path Explorer

An intuitive utility to help find the CSS path to UI elements on a webpage. These paths are used frequently in a variety of front-end development and QA automation tasks.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Being a system administrator some time we require to do things remotely, one of them is installing software. Here I am going to tell you how to install software through wmic (Windows management instrument console). I am not at all saying that this i…
Introduction: Recently, I got a requirement to zip all files individually with batch file script in Windows OS. I don't know much about scripting, but I searched Google and found a lot of examples and websites to complete my task. Finally, I was ab…
With Secure Portal Encryption, the recipient is sent a link to their email address directing them to the email laundry delivery page. From there, the recipient will be required to enter a user name and password to enter the page. Once the recipient …

749 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question