FreeDOS help system (hhstndrd 1.0.8 en)[kernel]

Command: kernel

The KERNEL (KERNEL.SYS) is the heart of FreeDOS. FreeDOS has a stable and a DEVELOPMENT (unstable) KERNEL.


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The KERNEL is necessary to load drivers via CONFIG.SYS / FDCONFIG.SYS and to make COMMAND.COM or other shells run in FreeDOS. Whereas the KERNEL loads CONFIG.SYS / FDCONFIG.SYS, the SHELL (e.g. COMMAND.COM) loads AUTOEXEC.BAT. To install the KERNEL on a diskette / HD you have to run the SYS command. SYS copies the KERNEL to a special place on the boot media; otherwise it is not found when booting up and the system will not work. For this reason KERNEL.SYS must ALWAYS be in the root directory of the boot media. For standard purposes please use the stable KERNEL.


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See also:

autoexec.bat config.sys fdconfig.sys kernel-development sys ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Copyright (C) 2008 W. Spiegl. This file is derived from the FreeDOS Spec Command HOWTO. See the file H2Cpying for copying conditions.