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Old 31 Dec 2005, 04:45 PM   #1
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Default The Return of the C:\ Prompt?

Microsoft has big plans for the trusty old C:\ prompt. For its upcoming Windows Vista operating system, the company is developing a new command-line interface, or shell--the text-based controls typically accessed by clicking Command Prompt (under Start Menu, Programs, Accessories) in Windows XP.

Code-named Monad, the new shell will enable a host of new programs known as scripts--something at which rival Unix operating systems have historically excelled. While these new commands and scripts will interest primarily administrators and power users, less-technical types may benefit from Monad scripts that could circulate on the Internet as Unix scripts do. For example, a Monad script might quickly reorganize files and directories based on their name or creation date--a task that can take a fair bit of manual labor in Windows Explorer. Credit: PC World
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Old 3 Jan 2006, 04:35 PM   #2
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It rocks quite nicely too...

You can even do an ls in it.
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Good, I am already used to the command prompt, batch and scripts and use it whereever I can, its much faster.

I look forward to it.
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You can do a command prompt in Windows XP as well, the same way. I am not good with those, so the new one is probably different. Just thought that I'd point that out.
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It's not exactly the same. :} For one thing... this one's being actively developed. There's not a huge amount of functionality without additional programs in the old shell. ...gnu utilities, list, bmp2avi, dta, etc... Though I don't think the video capabilities are there you could add them with msencoder, avisynth, the aforementioned utilities, etc... The new shell would let you use them a little more efficiently as well.

MSH is focused at the scripting side of things. A lot of the commands are specifically geared to that. You get a lot more control and a lot more capability. You could get some real interactivity going with this one.

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