The command line option /OPTIONS is particularly useful when a routine job requires several options or there are several jobs each requiring different options.

It specifies an options file (the extension .OPT is generally used) which contains a list of one or more command line options. Each line of the file specifies one option. The options – without a preceding / character – should be of the form:


Options that take values of "yes" or "no" only may be abbreviated to Y or N, e.g.


Options that would not normally have a command line parameter need to be in the form:


For example:


Boolean options are simply stated, e.g.


A file name can be put in the INI file using the FILE option in the options file:


Tip:  For backward compatibility, the "equals" sign may be omitted from options statements, but using the = instead is preferred as it brings the syntax into line with that used in INI files.

See Examples: Command lines.