Blank input on Set /P not being handled in IF / Then in BAT file

Posted on 2007-12-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-05

I have an IF statement that needs to handle an event when the user hits ENTER instead of typing input.  I thought i had it working, but it doesn't seem to get where it needs to go if the user enters nothing.  If a user actually enters an IP here, it gets set, but if they just hit enter, I want to keep it as default (set above) and instead it gets set to nothing....please help.
set /P sel2=Enter your XBMC IP Address [%FTPHOST%]:
   if "%sel2" == "" goto else1
     SET FTPHOST=%sel2%
   goto endif1
     echo got here
     goto :_setun

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Question by:electricd7
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SteveGTR earned 500 total points
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On your last question I'd missed what the other expert has pointed out.

if "%sel2" == "" goto else1

Should be:

if "%sel2%" == "" goto else1

Author Comment

ID: 20406679
heh..ok..guess i should have read the responses better too :) Let me try it out.

Author Comment

ID: 20406696
yep..that was's another 500 for you :)
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ID: 20406697
I'm going to add a comment to the other question for the other expert to submit a comment here. That way you can accept their answer and give them full points as it was their original idea.
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Expert Comment

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Oh well, I'll gladly accept the 500 points. But, I'll show you the else construct:

set /P sel2=Enter your XBMC IP Address [%FTPHOST%]:

if "%sel2%" == ""  (
  echo got here
) else (
  SET FTPHOST=%sel2%

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