mattrib(1)mattrib(1)NAMEmattrib - mtools utility to change DOS file attribute options
SYNOPSISmattrib [-a | +a] [-h | +h] [-r | +r] [-s | +s] msdosfile [msdos‐
The mattrib command sets (+) or clears (-) the attribute options of a
Sets or resets the archive bit. Some backup programs use this option
to indicate a new file. Sets or resets the hidden-bit. This option
hides files from the DOS DIR command. To view these files, use the
mdir command. Sets or resets the read-only bit. This option is used
to indicate a read-only file. If this bit is set, a file cannot be
removed using the DOS DEL command. To remove the file, use the mdel
command. Sets or resets the system bit. This option is used by DOS to
indicate an operating system file.
The mattrib command sets the attribute options of a DOS file using the
plus (+) operator, or clears attribute options using the minus (-)
operator. DOS pathnames that contain the '/' or '\' separator are sup‐
ported. If you use the '\' separator or wildcards, you must enclose
file names in quotes to protect them from the shell.
The mcd command can be used to establish the device and the current
working directory (relative to DOS), otherwise the default is A:\.
The DOS version of the attrib command does not support all of the
options listed on this reference page.
The following exit values are returned: Success. Failure.
The following environment variables affect the execution of mattrib: If
set, this variable names the file that contains the name of the current
mtools working directory as established by the mcd command. If this
variable is not set, the file $HOME/.mcwd is used.
Contains the name of the current mtools working directory as estab‐
lished by the mcd command. If this file does not exist, the default
mtools working directory is A:\. Executable file
Commands: mcd(1), mdel(1), mdir(1), mtools(1)mattrib(1)