DOS Fn 46H: Redirect a Handle

                                                         Compatibility: 2.0+ 
 Expects: AH    46H
          BX    destination file handle (must already exist)
          CX    source file handle (must already exist)
 Returns: AX    error code if CF is set to CY
    Info: Forces a file handle to refer to a different file or device.  The
          file handle in CX (the source) is closed (if currently open) and
          then made to become a duplicate of the handle in BX (the

          In other words, both CX and BX will refer to the same physical
          file or device.  All accesses of the CX-handle file will go to or
          come from the BX-handle file.

          Use this function to redirect Standard I/O.  For example:

            ■ Open a text file for output and obtain its handle (e.g.,

            ■ Set BX=0005H, CX=0001H and call Fn 46H.  Note:  Handle 0001H
              is the pre-defined handle of the "standard output device".

            ■ Use Fn 3eH Close File to close handle 05H if you wish.

            ■ All subsequent output to the "standard output" by any process
              (the current process or any spawns), including outputs via
              any DOS Character I/O function and any writes to file handle
              0001H via DOS Fn 40H, will go to the text file.

            ■ When you exit, the pre-defined file handles are reset to the
              normal devices (e.g., handle 0001H is reset to "CON").

See Also: Handle-Oriented File I/O
          Standard I/O
          DOS Functions