cl makes it easy to use Microsoft compiler command lines with the Digital Mars compiler. They convert the other compiler's command line options to dmc options where possible and then run dmc.
For specific information about compatibility with Microsoft and Borland compiler options, see Switching to Digital Mars C++.
cl converts a Microsoft C compiler command line to a Digital Mars C++ compiler command line and then runs dmc with those options that most closely approximate the original command to cl.
cl's command syntax is the same as for Microsoft's cl command.
To see what dmc command line cl generates in response to a cl command, type the cl command line without specifying any files. cl prints the corresponding dmc command line to stdout.