Here's one for all you old timers!
Back in the days of real DOS you could use ANSI escape sequences to format command line text in different colours etc.
Does anyone know of a way to obtain coloured text in a command shell window under XP? Specifically I have a long perl script that checks the network health and it would be nice to have 'OK' come up in green but 'FAIL...' in red.
It appears that cmd.exe (the command prompt under W2K/XP) does not support ANSI escape sequences as you've deduced. You can however get round this by using COMMAND.COM instead of cmd.exe. Check out this link