Logon Scripts and Environment Space (78358)
This article was previously published under Q78358
Logon scripts that are set up and run properly under MS-DOS versions 4.0
and earlier may run out of environment space after the system is upgraded
to MS-DOS 5.0. This problem occurs even after attempting to increase the
environment space with the /E switch on the SHELL=\command.com /E:1024 /P
For example, even the /E:32786 setting results in the logon scripts
running out of space almost immediately.
MS-DOS 5.0 does not manage the environment space in the same way earlier
versions did. When logon scripts are enabled, a second copy of the command
shell (COMMAND.COM) is started to run them, and a new COMMAND.COM uses the
lower default environment space allocation. Thus, no matter what is set in
the SHELL= command line, the low environment space allocation is always
used. In addition to environment variables, most logon scripts contain NET
USE commands (which require memory) so the environment space is rapidly
To retain this functionality in the logon scripts under MS-DOS 5.0,
use the following workaround:
• In the current logon script, echo all NET USEs and SETs to a
batch file. For example:
echo set s_user=KATHY > c:\user.bat
echo set s_mbox=kathy, J1 >> c:\user.bat
echo net use v: \\traveler\public >> c:\user.bat
This creates the batch file USER.BAT, customized for each user when
they log on. Note that the first echo line contains a single angle
bracket (>), which creates the file USER.BAT. Subsequent echo lines
contain double angle brackets (>>), which append the lines to the end
of the newly created batch file.
• Create a generic logon batch file for the user to run instead of
issuing a NET LOGON command. For example:
net logon %1 %2
Typing logon <user> <password> now logs on the user. The logon script
creates the USES.BAT file, customized for the user. Once the logon has
completed, the USES.BAT file is called and all NET USEs (and SET
commands) are performed. The USES.BAT file is then removed.
To ease the administration of having additional batch files, the LOGON.BAT
file can be created on the primary domain controller (PDC)then replicated
with the logon scripts.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in LAN Manager version
2.0. This problem was corrected in LAN Manager version 2.1.
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