EDLIN (short for "editor of lines") was actually originally written for and included with Seattle Computer Products
. It was written by QDOS' author and grand pappy of MS-DOS Tim Patterson
. Patterson didn't want his operating system to ship without an editor, so he hacked it together in a week. Patterson did not want to put a lot of work into an editor since QDOS (and EDLIN) would only be need for about six months when Digital Research
released its long promised 8086
version of CP/M
EDLIN was included in all versions of MS-DOS up to and including DOS 5.0
. It was put to rest after that. EDIT
became Microsoft's errr improved DOS text editor for DOS 5.0 and onward.
EDLIN has long spawned a lot of jokes, including some often reproduced spoof documentation for a supposed Microsoft product called "EDLIN for Windows
for it if you like.