[Coco] NitrOS9

Dave Philipsen dave at davebiz.com
Sun Dec 11 01:14:40 EST 2016

I'm not using OS9 very much right now but I used to use it a lot. I do use Linux fairly extensively though I don't use the GUI much. From the command line, the meta characters '*' and '?' are very powerful and I'd love to see the same functionality in the OS9 shell.

Just think of how much work it is to replicate "copy * /dd/new_directory" under OS9.


> On Dec 10, 2016, at 11:51 PM, Stephen H. Fischer <SFischer1 at Mindspring.com> wrote:
> It was in ShellPlus.
> ftp://www.rtsi.com/OS9/OS9_6X09/APPS/ShellPlus_2_1.lzh
> Later mods may have broken ShellPlus in ways that could not be fixed.
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> From: "Dave Philipsen" <dave at davebiz.com>
> To: "CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts" <coco at maltedmedia.com>
> Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:35 PM
> Subject: Re: [Coco] NitrOS9
>> I'm just guessing here but probably the wildcard expansion was not a 
>> part of the 'dir' command.  It was probably built into shell and 
>> therefore would affect anything you type on the command line.
>> Dave
>>> On 12/10/2016 11:21 PM, Barry Nelson wrote:
>>>> On Saturday 10 December 2016 17:01:42 L. Curtis Boyle wrote:
>>>> Robert is correct in that some things have changed - the ‘-‘ sign on a
>>>> lot of commands is one. TMODE and XMODE are radically different than
>>>> the original OS-9 (and if you pull down some older OS-9 programs that
>>>> fork out to these commands, they will not work properly without
>>>> patching). So, you are correct in that we need some proper
>>>> documentation (even just documenting differences/additions would be
>>>> helpful). Another issue is that some commands in later NitrOS-9 (DIR
>>>> is a prime example for me) have actually gone backwards from original
>>>> NitrOS-9. As of version 2.01 of NitrOS-9, DIR had wildcard support
>>>> (both * and ?), and extra options for recursive directory searches,
>>>> etc. Then, for some unknown (to me) reason, that new “standard
>>>> version” disappeared, and it went back to stock OS-9 in functionality,
>>>> but with the ‘-‘ now required. And there are other examples like this
>>>> as well.
>>> I definitely miss the wildcard expansion. Why was it removed? Especially from a command like dir where no changes are made to the filesystem by the command.
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