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Hi,

I'm trying to teach myself simple batch programming and had a few questions:

1) I was writing a simple batch file to create a self-extracting archive and here's the script:

cd zip
pkzip zipped.zip *.*
zip2exe zipped.zip
move zipped.exe c:\_aaZIPPED\
erase *.*
cd ..
exit

The problem I'm having is making it two do things:
a) it reacts to the "erase *.*" by asking me a question. How do I get it to proceed with "yes to all"?

b) how do I make it exit the MSDos program after executing the batch program?

2)  Is there any good source to learn the simpler elements of batch programming?

thanks,

Priyo
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by:SirCaleb
ID: 1019957
Did you try just adding a "y" in the spot where it prompts you?
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Tinkerer earned 50 total points
ID: 1019958
change " rase *.*" to "echo Y | erase *.*"
That will echo a Y to answer the question "all files in this directory will be deleted! are you sure?"

if youy are running it through win95, you have to set it to exit on finish in the program properties.. right click on the batch file, click on properties, click on the program tab, and click close on exit...
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by:SirCaleb
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Tinkerer...how do you may that symbol after the echo Y  ??
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by:priyo
ID: 1019960
thanks much -- it worked; any suggestions on a good source to pick up the finer points of batch programming?

Thanks,

Priyo
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by:Tinkerer
ID: 1019961
Example..

   cd zip
   pkzip zipped.zip *.*
   zip2exe zipped.zip
   move zipped.exe c:\_aaZIPPED\
   echo Y | erase *.*
   cd ..
   exit

The Pipe symbol is usually above the \ symbol
(shift + backslash)

Honestly, I don't know any good resources on the web, I would recommend a half price book store, older books, ya know..
http://users.demag.rwth-aachen.de/Donald/nt/faq/ntfaq/batch.html

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by:Tinkerer
ID: 1019962
Hey! Hey!

Here ya go!!

This is pretty good..

http://www.slip.net/~batchman/support.html
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by:priyo
ID: 1019963
Thanks a lot pal!!

later,

Priyo
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by:ey143
ID: 1019964
Try this book

Microsoft Quick Reference - MS Dos Batch Files

by Kris Jamsa

it's old, around early 90s, but I found an unused copy in my bookshelf, pretty useful stuff, far more complex for me to understand though!

Dan
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