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Hi im using this to search a file for the word hotfix..


type C:\lab\tempRegistryextract.txt|findstr -i "hotfix" > C:\Lab\%Computername%.txt


however i would like to be able to now search for lines which contain "XPQ  i need to include the " in the search, how can i do this ?
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by:sirbounty
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I don't follow you exactly.
You need to find both hotfix and XPQ? in the same line?

type c:\lab\tempRegistryextraxt.txt|find /i "hotfix"|find /i "XPQ" >> C:\lab\%computername%.txt
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by:gisvpn
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i need to search for the actual string "XPQ i would like the " included as the string it searches
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by:CoolBreeze
ID: 10949755
I think he wants to search for the word "XPQ
where the double quote is insert the search string.

I think you can 'escape' the double quote by using a backslash. i.e.
find "\"XPQ"
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by:sirbounty
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I don't think you can escape it with \ or ^....
See this PAQ - it explains a way around it: http:Q_20566636.html
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griessh earned 500 total points
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Hi gisvpn,

You can do what CoolBreeze said:

type C:\lab\tempRegistryextract.txt|findstr /i \"XPQ > C:\Lab\%Computername%.txt

You only need the quotes around your search string if that string contains separators like blanks. In your case "\"XPQ" will have the same search results as \"XPQ

You don't have to pipe the text file into findstr either.

findstr /i \"XPQ C:\lab\tempRegistryextract.txt > C:\Lab\%Computername%.txt

will do what you want:-)

Run "help findstr" in a command window and it will tell you:

  \x       Escape: literal use of metacharacter x

and

FINDSTR [/B] [/E] [/L] [/R] [/S] [/I] [/X] [/V] [/N] [/M] [/O] [/P] [/F:file]
        [/C:string] [/G:file] [/D:dir list] [/A:color attributes]
        [strings] [[drive:][path]filename[ ...]]

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Werner
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by:CoolBreeze
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what a mistake i made, I actually meant findstr, not find. the escape character is for findstr.
for find, maybe you can try " as the escape character. i.e. """XPQ"
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by:Kavar
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gisvpn , you still messing with this batch stuff for searching the registry?? When am I going to convince you that there is a MUCH better way??
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by:gisvpn
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Kavar

haahhaahahah - this is a project im just finishing ! Lots more coming !
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by:kar10s
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Hi,

type c:\lab\tempRegistryextraxt.txt|find  "hotfix"|find """XPQ" >> C:\lab\%computername%.txt

above line will find all the lines that contain both the word hotfix and "XPQ
I have eliminated /i parameter to difference between capital and small letter( nor Hotfix or "xpq ..)
Observe use of 3 " to find "XPQ
Regards
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by:kar10s
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uff , too slow
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