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BUG: LINK Does Not Pause When Command Line Specifies /PAUSE

Article ID: 58781

Article Last Modified on 10/23/2003


  • Microsoft LINK for MS-DOS 3.65
  • Microsoft LINK for MS-DOS 3.69
  • Microsoft LINK for MS-DOS 5.0x
  • Microsoft LINK for MS-DOS 5.1x
  • Microsoft LINK for MS-DOS 5.2x
  • Microsoft LINK for MS-DOS 5.3x
  • Microsoft LINK for MS-DOS 5.5
  • Microsoft LINK for OS/2 5.0x
  • Microsoft LINK for OS/2 5.1
  • Microsoft LINK for OS/2 5.11
  • Microsoft LINK for OS/2 5.13
  • Microsoft LINK for OS/2 5.15

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Even though the Microsoft LINK command line includes the /PAU[SE] option switch, the linker does not pause for keyboard input before writing the executable file to disk.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft LINK versions 3.61, 3.65, 3.69, and 5.01.20 through 5.6 for MS-DOS and versions 5.0x, 5.1, 5.11, 5.13, and 5.15 for OS/2. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


The /PAUSE linker option instructs LINK to pause the linking process and display a message before it writs the executable file to disk. The /PAUSE option is designed to allow you to insert a new disk on which to store the executable file.

When the /PAUSE linker option functions correctly, LINK displays the following message before it creates the executable file:

About to generate .EXE file
Change diskette in drive ___ and press <ENTER>

LINK resumes processing when the user presses the ENTER key.

Additional query words: 3.61 3.65 3.69 5.01.20 5.01.21 5.02 5.03 5.05 5.10 5.11 5.13 5.15 5.20 5.30 5.31.009 5.50 5.60

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