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mattrib(1)									       mattrib(1)

       mattrib - change MSDOS file attribute flags

Note of warning
       This manpage has been automatically generated from mtools's texinfo documentation, and may
       not be entirely accurate or complete.  See the end of this man page for details.

       Mattrib is used to change MS-DOS file attribute flags. It has the following syntax:

       mattrib [-a|+a] [-h|+h] [-r|+r] [-s|+s] [-/]  [-p] [-X] msdosfile [ msdosfiles ... ]

       Mattrib adds attribute flags to an MS-DOS file (with the `+' operator) or remove attribute
       flags (with the `-' operator).

       Mattrib supports the following attribute bits:

       a      Archive bit.  Used by some backup programs to indicate a new file.

       r      Read-only  bit.  Used to indicate a read-only file.  Files with this bit set cannot
	      be erased by DEL nor modified.

       s      System bit.  Used by MS-DOS to indicate a operating system file.

       h      Hidden bit.  Used to make files hidden from DIR.

       Mattrib supports the following command line flags:

       /      Recursive.  Recursively list the attributes of the files in the subdirectories.

       X      Concise. Prints the attributes whithout any whitespace padding.  If neither the "/"
	      option is given, nor the msdosfile contains a wildcard, and there is only one Msdos
	      file parameter on the command line, only the attribute  is  printed,  and  not  the
	      filename.  This option is convenient for scripts

       p      Replay  mode.  Outputs a series of mformat commands that will reproduce the current
	      situation, starting from a situation as left by untarring the Dos filesystem.  Com-
	      mands  are only output for attribute settings that differ from the default (archive
	      bit set for files, unset for directories).  This option is intended to be  used  in
	      addition	to  tar. The readonly attribute is not taken into account, as tar can set
	      that one itself.

See Also
       Mtools' texinfo doc

Viewing the texi doc
       This manpage has been automatically generated from mtools's  texinfo  documentation.  How-
       ever,  this  process is only approximative, and some items, such as crossreferences, foot-
       notes and indices are lost in this translation  process.   Indeed,  these  items  have  no
       appropriate  representation in the manpage format.  Moreover, not all information has been
       translated into the manpage version.  Thus I strongly advise you to use the original  tex-
       info doc.  See the end of this manpage for instructions how to view the texinfo doc.

       *      To generate a printable copy from the texinfo doc, run the following commands:

		     ./configure; make dvi; dvips mtools.dvi

       *      To generate a html copy,	run:

		     ./configure; make html

	      A   premade   html   can	 be  found  at:  `http://mtools.linux.lu'  and	also  at:

       *      To generate an info copy (browsable using emacs' info mode), run:

		     ./configure; make info

       The texinfo doc looks most pretty when printed or as html.  Indeed, in  the  info  version
       certain examples are difficult to read due to the quoting conventions used in info.

mtools-3.9.8				     02Jun01				       mattrib(1)
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