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    From:    Kan Yabumoto           tech@xxcopy.com
    To:      XXCOPY user
    Subject: Tutorials in Command Line (DOS Box) Operations
    Date:    2001-09-02
    One of the common problems in providing a command line tool like
    XXCOPY is that many computer users now do not feel comfortable with
    non-GUI operation.  They prefer the comfort of drag-and-drop and
    mouse clicks.  While the GUI operation is certainly more intuitive
    and quicker to learn, it is not the fastest way to get job done
    when the job is to handle several thousand files in hundreds of
    directories.  And, that's what you have now in your humble disk!!!
    We see no substitutes for command line processing especially with
    batch file programming (or other scripting techniques) to automate
    it.  Once you have set up a well-written script with XXCOPY commands
    inside, you can make an icon for it and you will then enjoy the
    comfort of clicking the icon, sit back and relax while XXCOPY is
    doing the hard work.
    You should at least give yourself a chance to acquire the basic
    skill of exploiting the power of your computer (and it will remain
    with you for the rest of your life).  The basic DOS-box skill helps
    you not just for XXCOPY.  Moreover, the command line operation will
    probably be there for many more generations of operating systems
    (Win9x, NT/2000/XP/XP, and beyond).
    The following list is a non-exhaustive collection of pointers to
    tutorials in command line (DOS) operations. 
    1. http://home.att.net/~gobruen/progs/dos_batch/dos_intro.html
           4-page series.  Step by step.  Good narrative tutorial.
    2. http://www3.sympatico.ca/rhwatson/dos7/commandintro.html
           Good as a reference, each command is explained with
           a dedicated page with examples.
    3.  http://teckies.com/tutor/dos/
           A very good site.  It is shorter than the earlier one.
    4. http://www.animatedsoftware.com/faqs/learndos.htm#cd_command
           This site is shorter.  Therefore, if you are in a hurry,
           this page may be good.  But, less text per command and
           that may possibly make this page harder to learn.
    5.  http://www.glue.umd.edu/~nsw/ench250/dostutor.htm
           Six lessons.  The page is text-only.  Looks good.
    6.  http://cs.senecac.on.ca/~ops134/resources/commandline1.htm
           Shortest of all.
    If you have seen good sites which are not listed here, please
    let us know for future inclusion in this list.
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