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for loop not working in .bat file

Posted on 2011-03-06
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I am calling this for loop in my .bat file  but it doesn't work.  When i type it at the command prompt, it works. I am new to scripting.

for %F in (*.*) do ren "%F" "%~nF"
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hi,

in a batch file the command should be:
for %%F in (*.*) do ren "%%F" "%%~nF"
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Correct. The reason for that is the special and different meaning of % as both FOR and environment variable deliimiter. The cumbersome syntax that the FOR var is only started by %, but not ended, introduces several issues. As a rule of thumb: always use two percents for FOR vars in a batch.
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