How to have batch file repeats two or more lines for "x" times?

Is there a way I can repeat two or more lines of a batch file in
Win98SE without retyping the same code?

happycatAsked:
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
You can program loops in batch files, like so:

:Toploop

(statements to repeat go here)
goto Toploop

Unfortunately this sort of thing is an "infinite" loop (repeating until you use the Ctrl-C key combination to exit it) unless you have some sort of test for when to exit the loop before the "goto" statement.

Back in 1988, Pc Magazine published a book called "Pc Magazine DOS Power Tools Techniques, Tricks and Utilities", by Paul Somerson, that included a floppy disk with many assembly language routines to enhance DOS, including a program called LOOP.COM which incremented a counter that the IF ERRORLEVEL batch statement can test.  So, say you wanted to have a loop execute 15 times.  It would look like this:

Loop /s
:Toploop

(statements to repeat go here)
Loop
if not errorlevel 15 goto Toploop

The first "Loop /s" statement must be above the loop, to initialize the count to zero. The Loop statement within the loop just increments the count.

There are many other useful utilities written about in this book, too.  Where can you get it?  I found one place, where apparently you can buy this 1274 page book (!) for only 50 cents, used.  Unfortunately, the floppy disk that the utilities come on are on the old 5 1/4" floppy, not today's 3 1/2" floppy.  Maybe you can find an old computer that uses that sort of floppy drive as well as the smaller and then copy from one to the other.  Or, I could send you a copy of the program in an attachment if you put your email address in your profile.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index%3Dbooks%26field-keywords%3Ddos%252520power%252520tools%26store-name%3Dbooks/104-7162452-4822318

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happycatAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I just figured out the goto command and how to label a line.
Yes it is infinite loop so your other comments are very helpful. Very well written.


happycatAuthor Commented:
LeeTutor, if you will that attachment would be great. Check profile for email, Thanks.
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