Note: This API call is for DOS personality only. Use Family API for portability.
Int 21H, AH=56H
2 and higher
“RENAME” - RENAME FILE
AH = 56h DS:DX -> ASCIZ filename of existing file (no wildcards, but see below) ES:DI -> ASCIZ new filename (no wildcards) CL = attribute mask (server call only, see below)
CF clear if successful CF set on error AX = error code (02h,03h,05h,11h) (see #01680)
Notes: allows move between directories on same logical volume this function does not set the archive attribute (see #01420 at AX=4301h), which results in incremental backups not backing up the file under its new name open files should not be renamed (DOS 2.x only) this function renames file by creating a new directory entry with the new name, then marking the old entry deleted (DOS 3.0+) allows renaming of directories (DOS 3.1+) wildcards are allowed if invoked via AX=5D00h, in which case error 12h (no more files) is returned on success, and both source and destination specs must be canonical (as returned by AH=60h). Wildcards in the destination are replaced by the corresponding char of each source file being renamed. Under DOS 3.x, the call will fail if the destination wildcard is *.* or equivalent; under DR DOS 5.0, the call will fail with error code 03h if any wildcards are used. When invoked via AX=5D00h, only those files matching the attribute mask in CL are renamed. under the FlashTek X-32 DOS extender, the old-name pointer is in DS:EDX and the new-name pointer is in ES:EDI (DS must equal ES) BUG: (DR DOS 3.41) when invoked via AX=5D00h, this function will generate a new directory entry with the new name (including any wildcards) which can only be removed with a sector editor
Text based on Ralf Brown Interrupt List Release 61