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                                   EXPAND
 
Expands a compressed file. You can use this command to retrieve one or more
files from the Setup disks that accompany MS-DOS 6.22. These files are not
usable unless you expand them.
 
Syntax
 
    EXPAND [drive:][path]filename [[drive:][path]filename[ ...]]
    destination
 
If you type the following, EXPAND will prompt you for the location and/or
name you want to give the expanded file:
 
    EXPAND [drive:][path]filename
 
If you type the following, EXPAND will prompt you for the location and name
of the compressed file you want to expand, then prompt you for the location
and/or name you want to give the expanded file:
 
    EXPAND
 
Parameters
 
[drive:][path]filename
    Specifies the location and name of a compressed file or files to be
    expanded. You cannot use wildcards (* and ?).
 
destination
    Specifies the location and/or name of the expanded file or files.
    Destination can consist of a drive letter and colon, a directory name, a
    filename, or a combination. However, you cannot specify a filename for
    destination unless you also specify a single compressed file for
    filename.
 
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                               EXPAND--Notes
 
Retrieving files from the Setup disks
 
Most of the files on the Setup disks provided with MS-DOS 6.22 are
compressed. Each of these compressed files has a file extension that ends
with an underscore character (_). When you installed MS-DOS, you ran the
Setup program, which expanded these files before copying them to your
system. However, if you need to retrieve just one or a few files from the
original disks, you can use the EXPAND command.
 
Letting EXPAND prompt you
 
If you don't include the destination, or don't include the compressed file
and the destination, EXPAND prompts you for the information and provides
examples.
 
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                              EXPAND--Examples
 
Suppose you accidentally delete the SORT.EXE file from your DOS directory on
drive C. You can copy and expand the compressed file SORT.EX_ from the
MS-DOS 6.22 Setup disks to your hard disk. First, find out which disk
contains SORT.EX_ by opening the PACKING.LST file on Setup Disk 1. Then
insert the appropriate disk into drive A and use the following command to
copy and expand the file:
 
    expand a:\sort.ex_ c:\dos\sort.exe
 
To copy and expand the SORT.EX_ file to the hard disk by letting EXPAND
prompt you, type the following at the command prompt:
 
    expand
 
EXPAND prompts you with the following:
 
    Type the location and name of the compressed file you want to expand.
    (Example: A:\EGA.SY_)
 
    Compressed file:
 
To expand and copy the SORT.EX_ file from the Setup disk in drive A, type
the following:
 
    a:\sort.ex_
 
EXPAND prompts you with the following:
 
    Type the location and/or name you want to give the expanded file.
    (Example: C:\DOS\EGA.SYS)
 
    Expanded file:
 
If your MS-DOS files are in the C:\DOS directory, type the following:
 
    c:\dos\sort.exe
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