Microsoft KB Archive/36032

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LINK /EX Option Makes .EXE that Drops to DOS without Running

PSS ID Number: Q36032 Article last modified on 04-20-1993

3.00 | 3.00 MS-DOS | OS/2

The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft COBOL for MS-DOS and OS/2, version 3.0

Summary: Using the /EX LINK option to compress a COBOL Version 3.0 .EXE file will produce a program that does not work correctly. Running the resulting .EXE file will hang.

More Information: Microsoft is researching this problem and will post new information as it becomes available. To work around the problem, use the Microsoft COBOL Version 3.0 EXEPACK.EXE utility to compress the executable file. The command is as follows from the MS-DOS command-line: EXEPACK executablefilename packedfilename The following is an example: EXEPACK tictac.exe tictac2.exe Note that the packedfilename must be different from the original executablefilename. You must also include the .EXE extension on both file names.

Additional reference words: 3.00 Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1993.