!Re: Nuke Redmond!

From: Eric Smith <eric_at_brouhaha.com>
Date: Fri Apr 7 18:39:26 2000

"Sipke de Wal" <sipke_at_wxs.nl> wrote:
> Even now MS-DOS still has the old FCBS. These are the File Control Block
> structure that
> CP/M uses to keep files open. Some old Turbo Pascal 3.0 software still uses
> it.
> MS-DOS 3.0 mostly did away with that and intruduced filehandles.

I wrote:
> File handles were introduced in MS-DOS 2.0. In 2.x there were reportedly
> still a few things you could only do with FCBs, but I don't happen to know
> what they were.

"Sipke de Wal" <sipke_at_wxs.nl> wrote:
> FCBS are still among us, like the rudimentary footbones in a whale.

That only means that there are still some application developers who
are using them, not that there is any missing capability in file handles
that requires using FCBs.

Developers will probably continue to write software using FCBs as long as
there is a market for DOS and 16-bit-Windows applications.
Received on Fri Apr 07 2000 - 18:39:26 BST

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