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Batch script to seach a CSV file for specific text, if found, read all words on that line into seperate variables.

Thanks in advance for this one....

 I'm working on a batch file that does several different things, but have run into a bump in the road I can't seem to get passed. I need to add the ability to open a csv file for a code which the user will be prompted to enter, and if the code is found in the csv file, I need each comma delimited field on that same line read into separate variables so that the batch file can use that information for other functions.

The CSV file contains information on building locations and looks like the following: Building_Name,Street_Address,City,Number,Building Code,

The user will be prompted to enter the building code which is the 5th field in the CSV file, then if that is found, I need to have all fields on the same line read into separate variables to be used later.

Wish we could award as many points as we wanted, 500 doesn't seem like enough some time.

Thanks so much,
RBennett
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Thanks to both of you. I almost had it though!
This is what I had, but couldn't get it to work....

set /p fndcode= Enter the Building Code for this machine:
for /F "tokens=1-5 delims=," %%a in ('"Building Code 2012-08-22.csv" ^| find /i "%fndcode%"') do (
set building=%%a
set address=%%b
set city=%%c
set number=%%d
set bcode=%%e
 )

Silly me, I was stuck on the thought of piping to find.

Thanks again.
@rbennett

You were very close.  

As for the points, I think mouseware really deserved to recieve them.  I simply made a change to allow for the input which you already had.  I have no objection to your having the question re-opened and assign the total to mouseware.

Either way, I am glad you got it working.  :)
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ha, no worries, i left out the user prompt part =)
Here is a powershell solution.

#question from http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_28133759.html

$filename = Read-Host "What is the input filename?" 
if ((Test-Path -Path $filename) -eq $true) { get-input($filename) }
else {
    Write-Host("File not found")
    }

function get-input($filename) {
    $BuildingCode = Read-Host  -Prompt "Building Code To Find"
    $BuildingCode = $BuildingCode.ToLower()
    $myobjects = Import-Csv -Path $filename
    $found = $false
    foreach ($object in $myobjects) {
        $test = $object.Building_Code.tolower()
        if ($test -eq $BuildingCode) {
            $found = $true
            $object
            #
            # here is the start for the batch file or executable that requires the output from the CSV using the Building_code
            #

c:\test\output.bat "$object.Building_Name" "$object.Street_Address" "$object.City" "$object.Number" "$object.Building_Code"
            }
        else { }
    }
 if ( $found -eq $false) { Write-Output("Building Code Not Found")}
    else { Write-Output ("Code Found") }
 }

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@echo %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7

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"Building_Name","Street_Address","City","Number","Building_Code"
Hampstead Inn,Any Street, Cambridge, 123,Code1
Experts Lounge,Main Street, Los Angeles,999,010

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I would be glad to do change the points if you think that would be fair, although I'm not sure I know how to do that. I wish I could give you both the full points.

 And Ve3ofa that is interesting that you would post a powershell script, as I am just getting into that but just barely starting. So that was very nice to see a real world script all laid out. Any tips on books, sites, things to help the beginning wannabe?

 Thanks all