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DOS variable set to current directory ONLY.  Not the entire path.

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This returns the current directory, but with the entire path as well. How can I get JUST the current directory?

Say this is the path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\2008-02-29_1157 I'm working in.

"set currentdir=%cd%" would set the currentdir variable to "C:\WINDOWS\system32\2008-02-29_1157"  (if run from inside that directory, of course)

That's handy, but how would I set a variable to the actual current directory ONLY.  I need the variable set to: "2008-02-29_1157" only.

The reason for this is that I need to use tokens of that variable to rename files located in that directory.

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In a batch file:
for %%D in ("%cd%") do set currentdir=%%~nD
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Yep, as Qlemo has shown, you have to 'cheat' dos into returning what is believes is a filename. In fact, because foldernames can also contain a dotted 'extension name' it is better to use the following:

   for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('cd') do set currentdir=%%~nxa

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   for %%a in ("%cd%") do set currentdir=%%~nxa
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All excellent answers and very helpful!
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BAM!  That's the stuff, fellas!  I can actually use both answers in different situations!  And the different answers also helped me understand the logic which I can apply other places.  Thanks a bunch!!!


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WOW! That was quick! Thank you, and glad we could help in other ways too.
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