Q57852: LINK /PAC Switch in 6.00/6.00b Is Now /PACKC in BASIC PDS 7.00
Article: Q57852 Product(s): See article Version(s): 7.00 7.10 | 7.00 7.10 Operating System(s): MS-DOS | OS/2 Keyword(s): ENDUSER | docerr SR# S900116-46 | mspl13_basic Last Modified: 8-JAN-1991 The LINK.EXE /PACKCODE switch of the Microsoft Segmented-Executable Linker version 5.01.20, shipped with Microsoft BASIC Compiler versions 6.00 and 6.00b for MS-DOS and MS OS/2, can be abbreviated with /PAC on the LINK command line. The same is true for the Microsoft Overlay Linker shipped with Microsoft QuickBASIC versions 4.00, 4.00b, and 4.50. This abbreviation has changed to /PACKC in the Segmented-Executable Linker version 5.05 shipped with Microsoft BASIC Professional Development System (PDS) versions 7.00 and 7.10 for MS-DOS and MS OS/2. On Page 589 of the "Microsoft BASIC 7.0: Programmer's Guide" (for versions 7.00 and 7.10) the abbreviation for /PACKCODE is incorrectly documented as being /PAC. It should be changed to /PACKC. In addition, eleven occurences of /PAC should be changed to /PACKC on Pages 596-597 of the "Microsoft BASIC 7.0: Programmer's Guide" (for versions 7.00 and 7.10). The /PACKCODE switch abbreviation was changed from /PAC to /PACKC because a new switch was added to the linker to take advantage of Microsoft BASIC PDS's ability to manage multiple data segments (far strings). The name of the new switch is /PACKDATA and is used to pack small data segments together. Its abbreviation is /PACKD. Although it is not ambiguous to have one switch abbreviated /PAC and another /PACKD, because the switches have similar functions, it is more logical for their abbreviations to have the same first 4 letters ("PACK") followed by a distinguishing letter ("C" or "D").
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