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       dosemu, xdosemu - run DOS and DOS programs under Linux


       dosemu  [  -dumb  ]  [  -quiet  ]  [ -input keystroke-string ] [ -s ] [
       -install [ bootdir ] ] [ args ]

       xdosemu [ -dumb ] [ -quiet ] [ -input  keystroke-string  ]  [  -s  ]  [
       -install [ bootdir ] ] [ args ]


       dosemu is the wrapper script for dosemu.bin (1) which invokes the Linux
       dos emulator, also known as DOSEMU.  The wrapper  also  takes  care  of
       (eventually)  installing  the  private instance of DOSEMU in the user’s
       $HOME, if this doesn’t exist.


       args   any number of options described in dosemu.bin (1), please  refer
              to  this  man  page  for further details.  However, take care to
              quote and escape correctly so bash  doesn’t  mess  up  arguments
              containing blanks and backslashes.

       -dumb  use   ‘dumb’   terminal  mode.  This  will  only  work  for  DOS
              applications, which do plain text output to stdout, but has  the
              advantage  that  (A) the output of the DOS application stacks up
              in your xterm scroll buffer and (B) you can  redirect  it  to  a
              file such as

                 $ dosemu -dumb dir > listing

              Note  that  DOSEMU’s commandline editor/history will
              also work here, however, editing is restricted to BACKSPACE’ing.

       -quiet do not print startup comment and do not stop for prompting

       -input Do  simulated keystrokes as given by keystroke-string just after
              DOS has booted. This can be  used  to  autolaunch  applications,
              bypass  any  needed boot menus or something similar. For details
              on the format of the string look at README.txt.

       -s     Invoke dosemu via sudo. This  is  necessary  to  get  access  to
              certain  I/O  ports  and  to  get graphics on the Linux console.
              Please refer to the documentation (INSTALL  and  README.txt)  to
              see which files need to be adjusted before attempting this.

       -install [ bootdir ]
              launched  as  part  of  a  systemwide  installation, this option
              (re-)installs a DOS that is used in  DOSEMU  (this  can  be  the
              DOSEMU  distributed  FreeDOS   or  any proprietary DOS, which is
              bootable via fatfs).  bootdir is the base name of  a  directory.
              The symbolic link ~/.dosemu/drives/c will be changed to point to
              this directory.  Re-installing is only rarely  necessary,  since
              in  practise  the  symbolic  link(s) will automatically point to
              updated files.

              print version of dosemu and list of available options.


       DOSEMU (comprised of the files dosemu.bin and  dosemu  )  is  based  on
       version  0.4  of  the  original program written by Matthias Lautner (no
       current address that I know of).

       Robert Sanders <> was maintaining and enhancing
       the  incarnation  of  DOSEMU  with  which  this man page was originally
       distributed.    During    about    4    years    James    B.    MacLean
       <>  was  the  restless  leader  of the dosemu team,
       implementation of DPMI (which made Windows-3.1,  dos4gw,  djgpp,  e.t.c
       running) happened during his ’governement’ and brought the project near
       to Beta-state. Hans Lermen <> took over and released  the
       first  1.0  version.  Now Bart Oldeman <> is maintaining
       this funny software.


              per-user configuration file
              or (only if /etc/dosemu.users exists)
              systemwide configuration file
              default file for debug and log messages
              default directories of the local per user DOSEMU instance
              default  systemwide  installation,   containing   binaries   and
              templates  (The  paths  can  be  changed  during creation of the
              systemwide installation).