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mattrib – change MSDOS file attribute flags

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Mattrib is used to change MS-DOS file attribute flags. It has the fol‐
lowing 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

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

X Concise. Prints the attributes without any whitespace padding.
If neither the “/” option is given, nor the msdosfile contains a
wildcard, and there is only one MS-DOS file parameter on the
command line, only the attribute is printed, and not the file‐
name. 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 MS-DOS file system. Commands are only
output for attribute settings that differ from the default (ar‐
chive 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.

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