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doskey on Windows is very similar to alias on Linux, it allows you to set a term which will call a command and allow you to specify default arguments. You can specify that the command showdirs could call the command dir to list the content of a folder.
You may have guessed, the above use of doskey is unlikely and has no real benefit. A better use of the command would be to turn some of the windows commands into their Linux counterparts – such as ls into dir.
Run the below command in a command prompt to alias ls to run the command dir. The $* on the end are required so that any additional arguments are also passed to the dir command.
doskey ls=dir $*
The problem with this is that all of your alias commands will be lost when you close the cmd session. To make them persist we need to create a batch file and add the entry to the windows registry.
Create a new folder in the windows directory called bin and create a new batch file inside it.
C:\>mkdir c:\windows\bin C:\>notepad.exe c:\windows\bin\doskey.bat
Add your entries to the batch file in the below format.
@echo off doskey ls=dir $* doskey mv=move $* doskey cp=copy $* doskey cat=type $*
Next, open up regedit.exe and add an entry to the batch file to make the doskey commands permanent for each cmd session.
Add a new String Value called AutoRun and set the absolute path in the value of c:\windows\bin\doskey.bat.
The doskey.bat file will now be executed before opening a new cmd session which will set all of your alias ready for you to use.