Note: This API call is for DOS and Win16 personality only. Use Family API for portability.

2018/09/07 05:04 · prokushev · 0 Comments

Int 21H, AH=43H, AL=01H


2 and higher



Family API


      AX = 4301h
      CX = new file attributes (see #01420)
      DS:DX -> ASCIZ filename


CF clear if successful

          AX destroyed
      CF set on error
          AX = error code (01h,02h,03h,05h) (see #01680 at AH=59h)



will not change volume label or directory attribute bits, but will
        change the other attribute bits of a directory (the directory
        bit must be cleared to successfully change the other attributes of a
        directory, but the directory will not be changed to a normal file as
        a result)
      MS-DOS 4.01 reportedly closes the file if it is currently open
      for security reasons, the Novell NetWare execute-only bit can never
        be cleared; the file must be deleted and recreated
      under the FlashTek X-32 DOS extender, the filename pointer is in DS:EDX
      DOS 5.0 SHARE will close the file if it is currently open in sharing-
        compatibility mode, otherwise a sharing violation critical error is
        generated if the file is currently open
      DR DOS 3.41/5.0 will silently ignore attempts to change the 'directory'
        attribute bit

Bitfields for file attributes: Bit(s) Description (Table 01420) 7 shareable (Novell NetWare) 7 pending deleted files (Novell DOS, OpenDOS) 6 unused 5 archive 4 directory 3 volume label

      execute-only (Novell NetWare)

2 system 1 hidden 0 read-only

See also

AX=4300h,AX=4311h,AX=7143h,INT 2F/AX=110Eh


2018/09/04 17:23 · prokushev · 0 Comments