Current Directory Changes When Using the LABEL Command (101059)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.21
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q101059


If you use the MS-DOS LABEL command to change the volume label for a drive other than the current one, the current directory changes if it has the same name as one of its subdirectories.

For example, if you have a directory structure such as C:\TEST\TEST and the current directory is C:\TEST, if you enter


the current directory changes to C:\TEST\TEST.

This problem occurs only when the first directory is directly off the root and the second-level directory has the same name as the first.

NOTE: This could cause problems in batch files that expect the current directory to remain the same.


As a workaround in batch files using the LABEL command, you should add a command below the LABEL command that changes to the desired directory.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft MS-DOS versions 6.0, 6.2, 6.21, and 6.22. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 5/6/2003
Keywords: KB101059