extract a part  of a value from a DOS variable

Posted on 2011-03-01
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hi all

i have an ENV variable with a value  " machinename:abc "

i need to extract the " abc " from the VAR only.

source : MYVAR = machinename:abc
i need to extract : abc

this value will be ECHOed to a txt file.

this needs to be done in DOS, i cant use VB or any other kind of scripting but dos commands.

Question by:Aaron Shilo
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by:Neil Russell
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An excellant guide to manipulating strings in a command shell is here.


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by:Christopher McKay
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Do you not have an environment variable called %computername% that you could use instead?
If you absolutely must use this variable, you could try this in a batch file:

for /f "tokens=2 delims =:" %%i in ("%myvar%") do echo %i

Hope this helps!



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use the following command :

for /f "delims=:" %a in ('echo %ENV%') DO @echo %a
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by:Bill Prew
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Try this:

set MyVar=machinename:abc
for /F "tokens=2 delims=:" %%A in ("%MyVar%") do set MyRest=%%A
REM now you can use %MyRest% as needed, for example:
echo %MyRest%>>c:\temp\log.txt

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Christopher McKay earned 2000 total points
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Sorry, this in a batch file:
for /f "tokens=2 delims=:" %%i in ("%myvar%") do echo %%i

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this if you want to run from a command prompt:
for /f "tokens=2 delims=:" %i in ("%myvar%") do echo %i

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by:Aaron Shilo
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a clear and simple solution.

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