A program which reads textual commands from the user or from a file and executes them. Some commands may be executed directly within the interpreter itself (e.g. setting variables or control constructs), others may cause it to load and execute other files.
Unix’s command interpreters are known as shells.
When an IBM PC is booted BIOS loads and runs the MS-DOS command interpreter into memory from file COMMAND.COM found on a floppy disk or hard disk drive. The commands that COMMAND.COM recognizes (e.g. COPY, DIR, PRN) are called internal commands, in contrast to external commands which are executable files.
- Command key
- Command line interface
operating system A means of communication between a program and its user, based solely on textual input and output. Commands are input with the help of a keyboard or similar device and are interpreted and executed by the program. Results are output as text or graphics to the terminal. Command line interfaces usually provide greater […]
- Command-line interpreter
- Command line option
software (Or “option”, “flag”, “switch”, “option switch”) An argument to a command that modifies its function rather than providing data. Options generally start with “-” in Unix or “/” in MS-DOS. This is usually followed by a single letter or occasionally a digit. More recently, GNU software adopted the –longoptionname style, usually in addition to […]