How to Check Net Use Find LPT2 in DOS Batch File (.bat)?


Writing short MS DOS batch (.bat) file for Windows XP and need to test result of NET USE.

Here's the pseudo-code of what I'd like to do...
NET USE | FIND "LPT2" --> Put Result Into LPT2-OK variable
   THEN Issue Command
   ELSE Issue Another Command

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What bat code would accomplish this?

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Paul TomasiCommented:
How about something like this:
@echo off
net use | find "LPT2" >nul && "your-command-if-lpt2" || "your-command-if-not-lpt2"

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To see this work, try the following:
@echo off
net use | find "LPT2" >nul && echo LPT2-OK || echo No LPT2

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Or you could go for the traditional IF-statement like this:
@echo off
net use | find "LPT2" >nul
if %errorlevel% neq 1 (
    echo LPT2-OK
) else (
    echo No LPT2

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SqueezeOJAuthor Commented:
Fast. Easy. Complete.
Paul TomasiCommented:
Thank you !! :)
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