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WinRAR (rar.exe)  how can I use shell commands in a ListFile (%USERPROFILE% for example)

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WinRAR (rar.exe)  how can I use shell commands in a ListFile (%USERPROFILE% for example)

Such as a listfile that contains

"%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\*.txt"
"%USERPROFILE%\Templates\*.txt"
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If winrar doesn't support the use of environment variables in this file, your only possibility is to create the listfile "on the fly" in a batch.
The script below gives you an example; depending on what you want to do, this could be improved.

@echo off
setlocal
set ListFile=%Temp%\~ListFile.tmp

if exist "%ListFile%" del "%ListFile%"
:: *** Create the list file for winrar:
>>"%ListFile%" echo %UserProfile%\My Documents\*.txt
>>"%ListFile%" echo %UserProfile%\Templates\*.txt

:: *** call winrar:
rar.exe /<WhateverOptionWinRaRusesfortheListFile> "%ListFile%"
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by:sendtojp
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VERY GOOD ANSWER.  I have decovered RAR does not support shell commands, parhaps because of the enviromental reasons you gave.  For another 500pts how can you use RAR and shell commands in Visual Basic 6/NET.
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