DOSIF - DOS Interchange Format description
DOSIF (DOS Interchange Format) is the name given to the media format
used by the DOS operating system. This format is based upon that used
in IBM PC and PC AT and HP Vectra systems.
The DOS utilities described in Section 1 (referred to hereafter as
dos*(1)) are provided for reading data from and writing data to DOSIF
volumes. Use these utilities to retrieve information from a DOSIF
The dos*(1) utilities are the only HP-UX commands that can interact
directly with the contents of a DOSIF volume. The only other way to
interact with the contents of a DOSIF volume is to use an HP-UX DOS
emulation or coprocessor facility such as SoftPC or the DOS
Coprocessor. mount cannot be used on a DOSIF volume because the
operating system does not recognize it (see mount(1M)).
When constructing file names for dos*(1) commands, start with the HP-
UX path name of the DOSIF volume, then add a colon (:) followed by the
Note: This file naming convention is suitable for use only in
arguments to the dos*(1) utilities. It does not constitute a legal
path name for any other use in HP-UX applications.
Metacharacters *, ?, and [ ... ] can be used when specifying both HP-
UX and DOS file names. These must be quoted when specifying a DOS
file name, because file name expansion must be performed by the DOS
utilities, not by the shell. The dos*(1) utilities expand file names
as described in regexp(5) under PATTERN MATCHING NOTATION.
By convention, if the HP-UX device name and a trailing colon are
specified, but no file or directory name is provided (for example,
/dev/rdsk/c1t1d0:), the root (/) of the DOS file system is assumed.
Specify DOSIF file /dos/ivy accessed through HP-UX special file
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Specify DOSIF file /math accessed through the DOS volume stored as
HP-UX file /home/mydir/driveC:
dos2ux(1), doschmod(1), doscp(1), dosdf(1), dosls(1), dosmkdir(1),
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