by JohnHassink on 11-11-2010, 21:49
Topic: Software
Tags: Utilities

In 1997, Fokke Post, also known as C.P.U., released a new version of the command interpreter COMMAND2.COM version 2.4. This version is an expansion on the last official MSX-DOS 2.3 as distributed by ASCII. Over the years, few updates followed and the KdL version 2.43 was the latest. Today, The New Image released a new COMMAND2.COM version 2.44. It contains a proper TAB completion bug fix and several new features. Here is the full list of changes:

  • Fixed a bug causing TAB completion to go into an infinite loop in a subdirectory with only the . and .. entries. In such a case a BEEP will occur indicating it couldn't find any name to complete
  • The COMPATCH is implemented natively. This is to display the free size of a FAT16 partition
  • Added SHIFT command for batch files. This allows to shift arguments 1 position to the left, including an option to specify from which argument the shift will take place
  • New external command: TYPEWW to type text with word-wrap
  • New external command: MORE piping command to pause output display per screen
  • Added BOOT command. Sets the boot drive for when leaving MSX-BASIC
  • Added HERTZ command. Sets VDP refresh frequency
  • SET PROMPT ON and SET PROMPT OFF are restored to their respective defaults. If PROMPT wasn't set, it defaults to %_CWD%>
  • Restored ERA, ERASE and RENAME commands for compatibility reasons
  • Added missing COMMAND2.COM version 2.41 features to the help files
  • Internal Variable _MSXVER now supports all MSX generations
  • Added @STRING Internal Variable Function. Returns a string of the specified length containing the first character of a string

Relevant link: TNI COMMAND.COM 2.44

Comments (13)

By wolf_

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11-11-2010, 22:11

For a moment I thought I was drunk and saw things double.. Tongue

By Jorito

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11-11-2010, 22:33

No, you didn't. You don't drink alcohol, so it's prolly just your eyes messing things up Tongue

By Sander

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12-11-2010, 00:42

On topic: great news and thumbs up for the programners!

By tcruise

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12-11-2010, 07:05

C.P.U. Rocks! Job well done.

By ro

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12-11-2010, 08:36

Nice, cool and all that. thumbs up!

By Bastiaan

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12-11-2010, 08:37

Great devellopment!

Q: how does it compare to other DOS 2.3x and DOS2.4x versions on memory consumption?

By snout

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12-11-2010, 11:06

@tcruise: I think you'll find that TNI is the right party to thank here Wink

By tcruise

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12-11-2010, 12:12

Think I should stop multi-tasking! Well done TNI Smile


Enlighted (6935)

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12-11-2010, 14:23

This is a real great piece of news!
well done folks!! Thanks!!

By OeiOeiVogeltje

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12-11-2010, 17:52

vewwie naais!

By vanfanel

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12-11-2010, 17:56

Thanks for your work, guys!
I've been trying to patch after copying command2.220 (or command2.231) over, but the instal program keeps saying I'm still on 2.41 and it can't be patched.
My is at a:\, in my SD card used as a harddisk in the 1ChipMSX. Can you guys help me with this?
I've read the manual carefully, but I don't know why my is still detected as 2.41 after being overwritten with 2.20 or 2.31.

By Randam

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13-11-2010, 13:24

@vanfanel: I think you need to upgrade from version 2.20 or 2.31 to 2.44.

By KdL

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15-11-2010, 00:44

I'm very happy to have spurred to do a new official release! Wink