Attribute

What Does Attribute Mean?

In general, an attribute is a characterisitc. In the DOS operating system, file properties may be referred to as attributes. File attributes give the operating system and application software more information about the file should be used.

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An attribute may also be known as a file attribute.

Techopedia Explains Attribute

In DOS, files are stored in a directory, which includes entries to describe each file’s characteristics, including its attributes. Software programs may look at the directory entry to determine the attributes of a file and make decisions on how to treat it. For example, a file management program may provide a warning to a user who tries to delete a file that is marked as read-only in the directory.

Programmers and viruses can override file attributes.

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