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Chapter 6. The Command Prompt > Using the Command Line

6.1. Using the Command Line

The premise of the command prompt is simple enough: commands are typed, one at a time, at a blinking cursor. The commands are then issued when the Enter key is pressed. After the command has completed, a new prompt is shown, allowing additional commands to be typed.

Some commands are fairly rudimentary, requiring only that you type their name. Other commands are more involved and can require several options (sometimes called arguments or command-line parameters). For example, the del command (discussed later in this chapter) is used to delete one or more files; it requires that the name of the file be specified after the command, like this:


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