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I need help creating a batch file.

I will create a file called printerlist.txt that has a list of printers and looks something like this:
\\server\printername1
\\server\printername2
\\server\printername3

I have a command line utility called ADPRINTX (http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBM/tip6000/rh6065.htm) that is used to install remote printers from the command line.

I would like the batch file to dynamically create a list similar to below:
1. printername1
2. printername2
3. printername3

I would like the batch file to prompt the user asking which printer to make the default printer.  Then I would like every printer in the list installed with the appropriate one being set as the default.

Here is the syntax for ADPRINTX
adprintx /c "\\server\printername"         (this adds a printer)
adprintx /cd "\\server\printername"         (this adds a printer and makes it the default)


Thanks!
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by:mrdtn
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This will do as you ask.

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mrdtn

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:init
      @echo off
      setlocal enabledelayedexpansion
      set plistfile=printerlist.txt
      set /a counter=0
      echo. & echo The following printers are specified: & echo.
      for /f "tokens=*" %%r in (%plistfile%) do (
            set /a counter+=1
            set tok=%%r
            set tok=!tok:\= !
            call :getpname !tok!
            echo !counter!. !printername!
      )
      echo.
:prompt
      set /p defnum=Please select the number of the printer to be the default printer:
      set /a defnum=%defnum%
      if %defnum% leq 0 goto :prompt
      if %defnum% gtr %counter% goto :prompt
:main
      set /a counter=0
      for /f "tokens=*" %%r in (%plistfile%) do (
            set /a counter+=1
            if !counter! equ %defnum% (
                  adprintx /cd %%r
                  echo Printer %%r is now the default printer.
            ) else (
                  adprintx /c %%r
            )
      )
      pause
      goto :eof

:getpname
      :loop
            set printername=%1
            shift
            if not %1.==. goto :loop
      goto :eof
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by:lpenrod
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Thanks, I will check it out!
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mrdtn earned 2000 total points
ID: 10904781
I realized that space characters in the server path or printer name will not work with the above script, so I have provided a modified script below which properly handles these conditions.

Let me know if there are any questions.

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mrdtn

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:init
      @echo off
      setlocal enabledelayedexpansion
      set plistfile=printerlist.txt
      set /a counter=0
      echo. & echo The following printers are specified: & echo.
      for /f "tokens=*" %%r in (%plistfile%) do (
            set /a counter+=1
            call :getpname "%%r"
            echo !counter!. !printername!
      )
      echo.
:prompt
      set /p defnum=Please select the number of the printer to be the default printer:
      set /a defnum=%defnum%
      if %defnum% leq 0 goto :prompt
      if %defnum% gtr %counter% goto :prompt
:main
      set /a counter=0
      for /f "tokens=*" %%r in (%plistfile%) do (
            set /a counter+=1
            if !counter! equ %defnum% (
                  adprintx /cd "%%r"
                  echo Printer "%%r" is now the default printer.
            ) else (
                  adprintx /c "%%r"
            )
      )
      pause
      goto :eof

:getpname
      set tok2=%1
      set tok2=%tok2:"=%
      :loop
            for /f "tokens=1,* delims=\" %%x in ("!tok2!") do (
                  set tok1=%%x
                  set tok2=%%y
            )
            if not "%tok2%"=="" goto :loop
      set printername=%tok1%
      goto :eof
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by:mrdtn
ID: 10934566
Make sure you change the line (from my post)

    set plistfile=printerlist.txt

to point to the location of your list file.  Include drive info if necessary such as "c:\files\printerlist.txt" . . .

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by:mrdtn
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Also, avoid a path or filename containing spaces.  The for loop will choke otherwise.

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You rock, that is exactly what I wanted, thanks!
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