archive attribute

archive attribute

A file classification that indicates whether the file has been updated since the last backup. A bit is set in the file directory to indicate the archive status. When a file is created or saved, the bit is turned on. When it is backed up, the bit is turned off. See file attribute.
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Notice that COPY does not affect the archive bit, so if you have a safe copy but you did it with COPY, the archive attribute is still on.
If you are using DOS 3.2 or laterr, you can check or change the status of the archive attribute with the ATTRIB command.
If you enter XCOPY \WP50\LETTERS\*.* /M, every file in that subdirectory will be copied, as long as its archive attribute is on.
The CODEBASE attribute must be ignored or the applet must be disabled to start in case these conflicting CODEBASE and ARCHIVE attributes are designated.