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How Do You Create Variables In A Batch Program?

Posted on 2006-06-09
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Before I get into this question, I thought I'd take a second to let everyone know how powerful a batch program can be. If you really think hard about it, you can solve a lot of your problems by creating batch programs. I just recently created a backup utility that back-up's my entire slew of documents including favorites and pictures, what a reality check. Yes, instead of going to some website and shelling $30 for some hi-tech backup utility, I made my own, pretty handy, I have to say. Just wanted to get that out of my system... so on to the question.

How can I create my own variables in my batch files and use them? What can I type (command) to have someone input into that variable a string... or basically how can I get the user to input something into my variable, so I can then play with it? Big points for this one. I would like to know.

Nicolae Crisan
HandyTech, DBA
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Yes, batch programming is much more powerful than most people think.  Especially in Windows 2000, Windows XP and higher.

You can use the SET command with the /P switch.  Try this:

@echo off
set /p Name=Please enter your name:
echo Thank you, %Name%
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Hi Gary,
Sent you an email "Batch Programming, Question" and I will award you the points, because I got the right answer. THANKS!

Nicolae
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