Command: attrib

  ATTRIB displays or changes file attributes.

Syntax:

  ATTRIB { options | [drive][path]filename | /@[list] }
         drive     The drive letter, e.g. C:
         path      The directory, e.g. \example\
         filename  The file, e.g. test.exe

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Options:

  +A  Sets the Archive attribute.    
  -A  Clears the Archive attribute.
  +H  Sets the Hidden attribute.     
  -H  Clears the Hidden attribute.
  +R  Sets the Read-only attribute.  
  -R  Clears the Read-only attribute.
  +S  Sets the System attribute.     
  -S  Clears the System attribute.
  /@  Process files, listed in the specified file [or in stdin].
  /D  Process directory names for arguments with wildcards.
  /S  Process files in all directories in the specified path(es).
  /?  Shows the help

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Comments:

  If no file is specified, then the attributes for all files in the 
  current directory are changed (or simply displayed if none of 
  the above specifiers are used.)
  The archive attribute (+A) is set when a file is modified. Backup 
  utilities can clear the attribute to indicate that the file 
  has been backed up.
  If a file has the hidden (+H) flag, it is not shown if you type "dir".
  If a file has the read only (+R) flag, it can be read but not changed.
  If a file has the system (+S) flag, it is specially protected, e.g.
  it cannot be deleted or overwritten.
  ATTRIB has the following EXITCODES (ERRORLEVEL):
    0  completion successful; /? option used.
    1  error to change attribute(s) of file(s).
    2  no matching file(s) found for target(s).
    3  error open file(s), pointed in /@ option(s).
    4  error(s) in command line.

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Examples:

  attrib file -rhs
  attrib +a -r dir1 dir2*.dat /s
  attrib -hs/sd /@list.txt *.*

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See also:

  - nowhere -

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File:

  Please read this command's lsm file also.
  You will find the updated version (internet) here and
  the version described in this manual page here.
  The lsm file contains information about the name of the programmer,
  the download site, and some other command related information.

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  Copyright © 1998 Jim Hall, updated 2007 by W. Spiegl.

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