The DOS Wedge was a popular piece of Commodore 64 system software. Written by Bob Fairbairn, it was included by Commodore (CBM) on the 1541 disk drive Test/Demo Disk (filename: "DOS 5.1") and also packaged with the C64 Macro Assembler (filename: "DOS WEDGE64"). The DOS Wedge was referred to in the 1541 drive manual as DOS Support and on the software startup screen as DOS MANAGER.
The Wedge made disk operations in BASIC 2.0 significantly easier by introducing several keyword shortcuts. The DOS Wedge became somewhat of a de facto standard, with third party vendors such as Epyx often incorporating identical commands into fastloader cartridges and other Commodore 64 expansion devices. COMPUTE!'s Gazette published several type-in variations on the DOS Wedge, including a C128 version in its February 1987 issue (see External links, below).
The original Commodore DOS Wedge was a 1-KB program written in MOS 6502 assembly language. It resided in the otherwise unused memory block $CC00–$CFFF (52224–53247) and worked by altering BASIC's "CHRGET" subroutine at $0073 (115) so that each character passing by the BASIC interpreter would be checked for wedge commands, and the associated "wedged-in" routines run if needed.
DOS Wedge functions
Any command that contains an @ symbol may substitute > instead, if desired.
- /filename – Load a BASIC program into RAM
- %filename – Load a machine language program into RAM
- ↑filename – Load a BASIC program into RAM and then automatically run it
- ←filename – Save a BASIC program to disk
- @ – Display (and clear) the disk drive status
- @$ – Display the disk directory without overwriting the BASIC program in memory
- @command – Execute a disk drive command (e.g. S0:filename, V0:, I0:)
- @Q – Deactivate the DOS Wedge
- CBM Professional Computer Division (1982). Commodore 64 Macro Assembler Development System Manual. West Chester, PA: Commodore Business Machines. Chapter 5.0. Additional BASIC Disk Commands.
- Commodore DOS Wedges: An Overview - Jim Butterfield, COMPUTE!, October 1983.
- DOS Wedge documentation (MS Word format)
- Commodore 64 Macro Assembler Development System Manual
- COMPUTE!'s Gazette February 1987 issue: "DOS Wedge 128" (Part A), (Part B)
- Commodore Disk Loading Basics
- Commodore 1541 Drive Manual (ZIPped text file)