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Any recommendations for a good DOS file manager?

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    #16
    I think Necromancer's DOS Navigator is the best.
    Try it and tell me what you think.

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      #17
      I also liked SD = StupenDOS by Eclipse Tech.

      Is only 64 KB in size, Well, version 2.x was. V5 was 180+KB
      Runs on any PC with DOS. I ran it on a Tandy 1000 EX with 256 KB RAM.
      Can be configured to add GIF-viewer.
      Works both in color and mono-mode.

      Downloading it nowadays is a pain. Found it at http://annex.retroarchive.org/cdrom/...38A/index.html

      (sorry for necroposting)

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        #18
        There are lots of them floating around and everyone has a favorite, including me. I've been using QDOS since the late 80's - early 90's and it's my DOS file manager of choice. https://winworldpc.com/product/gazelle-q-dos/3x
        Some will swear by XTree or XTree Gold but it's a matter of preference. Keep checking this thread as you are bound to receive a boat load of tips for this or that one.
        Surely not everyone was Kung-fu fighting

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          #19
          I'm surprised no one mentioned PCBoss, IMHO it was just easy to learn and use.

          framer

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            #20
            Certainly not the best, but everyone at work used F31. Can't find it these days.

            Ha, just found it https://archive.org/details/msdos_shareware_fb_F31.ARC
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              #21
              You can still download IBM FileCommand - https://winworldpc.com/product/filecommand/100 Still the fastest, least restrictive file manager around nearly 40 years later.

              Mike

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                #22
                Originally posted by bjt View Post
                Volkov Commander is a super fast, memory efficient & free Norton clone. Mostly ASM I think.
                Why not using the original, if promoting the side by side mode?

                Norton Commander

                NC newer versions even supports serial and parallel port (laplink cable) support for file fiewing and transfer between two computers.NC is mostly my favorite, specially when typing mode co80,50 before starting it. If you need even more screen space, try DCC on VGA machines (but it does not support link to other PCs).
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                  #23
                  I used Xtree or Xtree Gold in Dos because it had a command PRUNE in which you could delete the whole directory including the nestled directories within it as well as all the hidden files within them.Other file managers I had use prior would refused to to delete a directory if there was any content in it.
                  Thomas Byers (DRI)- "You'll have a million people using the A> [MS-DOS prompt] forever. You'll have five million using [nongraphic] menu systems such as Topview, Concurrent PC-DOS, Desq, and those types. But there'll be 50 to 100 million using the iconic-based interfaces."

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Caluser2000 View Post
                    I used Xtree or Xtree Gold in Dos because it had a command PRUNE in which you could delete the whole directory including the nestled directories within it as well as all the hidden files within them.Other file managers I had use prior would refused to to delete a directory if there was any content in it.
                    For the record so does QDOS.
                    Surely not everyone was Kung-fu fighting

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                      #25
                      Can someone explain the appeal of a dos file manager to me? Is the dos command line really that hard to use?
                      Once upon a time, the internet sucked because it came through the phone. Now the phone sucks because it comes through the internet.

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by Exceter View Post
                        Can someone explain the appeal of a dos file manager to me? Is the dos command line really that hard to use?
                        For me it's the difference between a stick shift and an automatic.
                        Surely not everyone was Kung-fu fighting

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                          #27
                          How many of the above understand DOS 7+ long file names?

                          CLI is the basic interface to many operating systems (Unix/Linux) DOS, OS/2, even Windows NT and 9x. It's pretty much all I've ever used when developing code.

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                            #28
                            The two I used most back in the day were QDOS II (already mentioned), and PathMinder.

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                              #29
                              How many of the above understand DOS 7+ long file names?
                              Doesn't tab completion allow you to navigate around on the command line quickly even if the filenames are long?

                              EDIT: https://www.computerhope.com/tips/tip176.htm
                              Once upon a time, the internet sucked because it came through the phone. Now the phone sucks because it comes through the internet.

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                                #30
                                Under DOS 7+ or FeeDOS, I get a list of the 8.3 "mangled" names.
                                That is, instead of "Development" I get "DEVEL~YX"; if I type "cd Development", of course that works.

                                Debian Linux gives you a list of names after the second tab press--it's just as easy to use wildcards there. Of course, wildcards don't work the same in DOS--I can't say "cd Dev*" and expect anything but an error.

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