Mtools is a public domain collection of tools to allow Unix systems to manipulate MS-DOS files: read, write, and move around files on an MS-DOS filesystem
Mtools are typically used to manipulate FAT formatted floppy disks. Each program attempts to emulate the MS-DOS equivalent command.
Mtools is sufficient to give access to MS-DOS filesystems. For instance, commands such as mdir a: work on the a: floppy without any preliminary mounting or initialization (assuming the default `/etc/mtools.conf’ works on your machine). With mtools, one can change floppies without unmounting and mounting.
MTOOLS Programs floppyd floppy daemon to run on your X server box floppyd_installtest small utility to check for the presence of floppyd mattrib change MS-DOS file attribute flags mbadblocks tests a floppy disk, and marks the bad blocks in the FAT mcat same as cat. Only useful with floppyd. mcd change MS-DOS directory mcopy copy MS-DOS files to/from Unix mdel delete an MS-DOS file mdeltree recursively delete an MS-DOS directory mdir display an MS-DOS directory mdu list space occupied by directory and its contents mformat add an MS-DOS filesystem to a low-level formatted floppy disk minfo get information about an MS-DOS filesystem. mlabel make an MS-DOS volume label mkmanifest makes a list of short name equivalents mmd make an MS-DOS subdirectory mmount mount an MS-DOS disk mpartition create an MS-DOS as a partition mrd remove an MS-DOS subdirectory mmove move or rename an MS-DOS file or subdirectory mren rename an existing MS-DOS file mshowfat shows the FAT map of a file mtoolstest tests and displays the configuration mtype display contents of an MS-DOS file mzip zip disk specific commands xcopy recursively copy a dos directory into another
“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us” ~ Marshall McLuhan
Equivalent Windows commands:
In the same way that mtools are DOS/Windows commands ported to run under UNIX, most UNIX commands have been ported to run under Windows.
A limited selection of POSIX tools were included in the Windows NT resource kits, more can be found on the net.