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FOR command and SET command in a batch file

Posted on 2008-06-26
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I have the copy part working due to an answer in a previous question
FOR %%A IN (%*) DO (
       rem copy the file
      COPY %%A "%temp%\~1234WSS4321\%%~nxA"
      SET X=%X% %%~nxA
)

the set part does not work.... why?  How can I do it.
I need the environment variable to =
filename1.tif filename2.tif filenamex.tif
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Now I get it, I think; you want to "collect" the file names in the variable "X"?
Then you're currently fighting with the fact that the interpreter is expanding regular variables only once when the line is read; enter "help set" for details, look for the "delayed expansion".
To fix this, use this:

setlocal enabledelayedexpansion
FOR %%A IN (%*) DO (
       rem copy the file
      COPY %%A "%temp%\~1234WSS4321\%%~nxA"
      SET X=!X! %%~nxA
)

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by:SStory
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You're right about what I want to do, but it didn't work.
I am getting:
'~nxA' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
You have made my day! 
You are definitely Mr. Batch Expert in my book.
I looked through a lot of docs and help and COULD not figure out what to do!
 
Thanks a bunch.
Now with this batch file and some free tools from TiffLib I can let my users take multiple TIFF files and convert them to one PDF, at no cost!!!

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Oops... Sorry.. At first I thought it wasn't work. I had && instead of %%
Disreguard the comment in the above and read the code snippet..
I goofed.

Thanks.
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Awesome! You have made my day!  I looked at lots of docs and help but just
couldn't get it. Now my TIFFS to PDF will work for users in a simple way.

Thanks again!
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