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You must be familiar with the exit command.If you execute this command in a DOS window, the DOS window closes and the cmd process exits. This is like closing the window by clicking the “Close” button on the title bar of the cmd window. Creating Batch Files Batch files are normally created in notepad. Hence the simplest way is to open notepad and enter the commands required for the script. For this exercise, open notepad and enter the following statements. Select a place to delay your file. You can delay a batch file at any point in the code (save for after the 'Exit' command if you used one). Scroll down until you find the point at which you want to delay the file, then create a space between the code before the delay point and the code after.

So, what are they, and do they serve any special purpose? Environment variables make part of any normal batch script that reaches a minimal level of complexity. Why the need for delayed expansion? Let’s consider the typical example

set Missingfiles=
for %%p in (required1.exe required2.exe required3.exe) do (
if “%%~$PATH:p””” set MissingFiles=%MissingFiles% %%p )

This piece of codes searches for the 3 required files (required1.exe … required3.exe) in the path, and if not found, it will be added to the list. Let’s assume for the sake of the example that the 3 files are missing. What is the value of MissingFiles after this code has executed? It will not be the 3 files, it will be


So, if the files did not exist, how come only the 3rd (last) file got into the list? Because the value %MissingFiles% is resolved before the for command is executed. Therefore, the loop is the same as replacing the value before the loop is executed. The loop instruction is

set MissingFiles= %%p (equal sign – space -space – %%p)

So MissingFiles will be set 3 times with each file name, and the last one erases the 2 previous ones.

OK, so the intention of the code is to make a list. How should it be changed to do what it’s intended to do? By using delayed expansion, like this: (ENABLEDELAYEDEXPANSION only works in batch files. It does not work in the command line).

set Missingfiles=
for %%p in (required1.exe required2.exe required3.exe) do (
if “%%~$PATH:p””” set MissingFiles=!MissingFiles! %%p )

Now, at the end of the execution, the value of MissingFiles will be ‘required1.exe required2.exe required3.exe’ without the quotes, of course. By using delayed expansions and indicating the variable name within exclamation marks, the expression !MissingFiles! is resolved when the statement is executed, and not when the statement is parsed. Even with delayed expansion turned on, any variable expressed with percent signs (e.g. %MissingFiles%) will be resolved at parse time.

Cool! Now, are there any other benefits from using delayed expansion? Well yes. There is a very subtle and not well known benefit. Since the values are taken post-parse and during execution, any special characters will live literally. This can be explained with an example. Assume you want to write some xml file using a batch file (you may think me crazy, right? so many conflicting symbols like <, >, &, quotes, etc). Here we go.

set line=^<MovieData title=”Pillow Talk” Classification=”Comedy”^>Out of Stock^</Movie^>
echo processing line ‘%line%’
if “%line%””” echo Done Processing Data. Terminating

In a real world example the value of line would not be hardwired but most likely read from a file. Since here it’s hardwired, I added carets (^) before the special characters.

The output to the 2nd line is: The system cannot find the file specified.

The output to the 3rd line is: Talk” Classification=”Comedy”>Out of Stock</Movie>””” was unexpected at this time.

Why? Well, all the < and > and quotes made the commands go way wrong. Even when the carets were there in line 1. But how could this be? Well the carets in line 1 instructed the command processor when setting the variables, but that’s it. The caret is not part of the value of variable ‘line’. Symbols like < and > are used for redirection, and will make the command mean something different that what we intended. Quotes will drive the if command nuts, since the parser for the command will think it’s the closing quote. Quotes should appear twice in the condition for the command to work. Like this:

if “he said:””I’m typing””””he said:””I’m typing””” echo strings match

The parser sees double quotes as a quote inside quotes. The above works fine. The following is wrong:

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if “he said:”I’m typing””he said:”I’m typing” echo strings match


will yield the results ‘typing””he was unexpected at this time.

To avoid all these complications, and when special symbols will make part of variable values, use delayed expanded variables. Using the same example, try the following code:

Caution: If you are running this from the command line and not a batch file, replace the first line with cmd.exe /V:oninstead. Diesel engine manuals free. The options for setlocal only works inside a batch file and not in the command line.

set line=^<MovieData title=”Pillow Talk” Classification=”Comedy”^>Out of Stock^</Movie^>
echo processing line ‘!line!’
if “!line!””” echo Done Processing Data. Terminating

Now line 2 produced this output:

processing line ‘<MovieData title=”Pillow Talk” Classification=”Comedy”>Out of Stock</Movie>’

That’s exactly what we wanted. Since the string is parsed prior to execution, all redirections have already taken place and the special characters are taken as literals. The same is true for strings with quotes. No need to have double quotes when using delayed expansions.

And now, I will close with another example

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set x=echo ^> is the greater than symbol

Line 2 (%x%) echoed the string ‘the greater than symbol’ to a file named is. Line 3 produced the following output in the console: > is the greater than symbol

So now you know. If you are processing file contents, and you want to be on the safe side. Always use delayed expansion.

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