echoimg multiple lines of text

Hi,

I am trying to echo multiple lines into a text fil but it fails everytime it hits a ". Is there anyway to use escape characters with echo,

Here's the code I am trying to echo

SET SMTPSERVER=smtp.xxxx.com
SET MAILPATH=D:\
REM SET MAILUSER=
SET MAILFROM=SQL %COMPUTERNAME%
SET MAILTO=SQLTEAM
rem check if datalist variable exists.
if "%DATALIST%"=="" (
SET MAILSUBJ=SQL Data protector %SERVERNAME% Backup **FAILED**
SET MAILBODY=Backup of %SERVERNAME% started at %STARTTIME% failed:  No Datalist Variable
goto :SendMail
)
rem echo before parse %datalist% > %LOGSERVERNAME%
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Britt ThompsonSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
the echo escape character is "^"
Britt ThompsonSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
You can always copy that to a text file and use "type filename.txt" to display all the lines or echo them to another file.
chetan1981Author Commented:
Thanks!!

One more thing..the command prompt appears before every new line..

C:\>SET SMTPSERVER=smtp.xxxx.com
C:\>SET MAILPATH=D:\
C:\>REM SET MAILUSER=


Any way that I can avoid that.

Thanks again


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Britt ThompsonSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
In which case is the command prompt appearing? What's the exact code you're using?
chetan1981Author Commented:
echo "SET SMTPSERVER=smtp.xxxx.com
SET MAILPATH=D:\
REM SET MAILUSER=
SET MAILFROM=SQL %COMPUTERNAME%
if ^"%DATALIST%"==^"^" (
" > file.txt


This is what I tried
Thanks
chetan1981Author Commented:
I can not copy from a file into a new file as the file does not currently exist on the server and I can just have one file at a time on the server
Britt ThompsonSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
If you can't do the text file option you'll need to echo each line individually...I've never been able to find a way around this one.


echo SET SMTPSERVER=smtp.xxxx.com> file.txt
echo SET MAILPATH=D:\>> file.txt
echo REM SET MAILUSER=>> file.txt
echo SET MAILFROM=SQL %COMPUTERNAME%>> file.txt
echo if ^"%DATALIST%"==^"^" (>> file.txt
Steve KnightIT ConsultancyCommented:
You just need to add @echo off at the start for the c:\ bit...
Britt ThompsonSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
That does get rid of the c:\ but it still doesn't allow the echo'ed lines to be inserted into the text file...I'm interested if you know how to do that? Would make my life easier.
AmazingTechCommented:
Can you provide the example of what you want the text file to look like?
AmazingTechCommented:
OK. I'll just take what you have in your question literally.

I set the LOGSERVERNAME so I can test it.
@ECHO OFF
Set LOGSERVERNAME=C:\Output.cmd
(
ECHO SET SMTPSERVER=smtp.xxxx.com
ECHO SET MAILPATH=D:\
ECHO REM SET MAILUSER=
ECHO SET MAILFROM=SQL %%COMPUTERNAME%%
ECHO SET MAILTO=SQLTEAM 
ECHO rem check if datalist variable exists.
ECHO if "%%DATALIST%%"=="" ^(
ECHO SET MAILSUBJ=SQL Data protector %%SERVERNAME%% Backup **FAILED**
ECHO SET MAILBODY=Backup of %%SERVERNAME%% started at %%STARTTIME%% failed:  No Datalist Variable
ECHO goto :SendMail
ECHO ^)
ECHO rem echo before parse %%datalist%%
) > %LOGSERVERNAME%

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AmazingTechCommented:
Oh. Sorry you might have wanted the LOGSERVERNAME as part of the echo.


renazonse:

"That does get rid of the c:\ but it still doesn't allow the echo'ed lines to be inserted into the text file...I'm interested if you know how to do that? Would make my life easier."

Did my answer help this?
@ECHO OFF
(
ECHO SET SMTPSERVER=smtp.xxxx.com
ECHO SET MAILPATH=D:\
ECHO REM SET MAILUSER=
ECHO SET MAILFROM=SQL %%COMPUTERNAME%%
ECHO SET MAILTO=SQLTEAM 
ECHO rem check if datalist variable exists.
ECHO if "%%DATALIST%%"=="" ^(
ECHO SET MAILSUBJ=SQL Data protector %%SERVERNAME%% Backup **FAILED**
ECHO SET MAILBODY=Backup of %%SERVERNAME%% started at %%STARTTIME%% failed:  No Datalist Variable
ECHO goto :SendMail
ECHO ^)
ECHO rem echo before parse %%datalist%% ^> %%LOGSERVERNAME%%
)>C:\output.cmd

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Britt ThompsonSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
Much better for me...thanks. I didn't know you could wrap it in parenthesis like that. Nice solution...still not a pretty as a SHELL script echo but better than what I've been doing for sure.

Much obliged.
chetan1981Author Commented:
Thanks to both of u...works perfectly.
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