Differences in format of DOS command results

  1. Posts : 63
    Windows 10

    Differences in format of DOS command results

    OK, so I am doing some stuff in DOS, not geeky stuff but playing around. I have two computers that I can use, both with W10. So, I do a 'DIR' command, saving to a file, and then look at it. Then same again on the other computer.

    It annoys me that the format of the results is not the same; specifically, there is a shift of one position/character in the file listings. I am wondering why this is happening as it is annoying.

    I realise that this could possibly be due to a W10 setting but have not been able to find out what that might be.

    Any ideas anyone? I cannot believe that this is a 'real' difference between the two W10 versions!
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  2. Samuria's Avatar
    Posts : 6,074
    windows 10

    Not clear what the difference is. Windows CMD isn't exactly the same as MS-DOS which loaded command.com Windows now loads CMD.exe you can use switch's like dir /w dir / w etc
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  3. Posts : 7
    Windows 10 64-bit

    Have a copy of the folder on both computers.
    Run your dir {parameters} >list.txt command on both, outputting to a text files - say list1.txt & list2.txt

    Compare the two files using a command like the following:
    fc /b list1.txt list2.txt

    You should get:
    Comparing files list1.txt and list2.txt
    FC: no differences encountered

    If your display shows them differently, it will be a font and type size issue... maybe even screen resolution.
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