If you’ve spent any time at all using UNIX,
Linux, or another variation, you’re no doubt familiar with edlin, the command-based
line-oriented text editor included with these operating systems. If
you’ve recently moved to Windows from UNIX or Linux, you’re
probably feeling a little lost without this helpful command. If so,
you’ll be happy to know that Edlin.exe is alive and well in Windows
You can find the Edlin.exe program in the
%systemroot%\System32 folder on a Windows 2000 Server installation.
However, you can also start the program from the command line by
To edit a file with the Edlin.exe program in
Windows, open a command console, and issue the following
Replace <file> with the actual filename,
whether existing or new, that you want to edit. To get help with
specific Edlin.exe subcommands while editing a file, enter ? at the prompt.
The Edlin.exe program can come in handy.
However, if you’re not familiar with its uses, you’ll likely find
Notepad, WordPad, or another GUI-based text editor much easier to
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