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Problem with FOR loop in Windows 7

Posted on 2014-04-11
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I have a very simple text file:
line1
line2
line3

and I am running this plain-vanilla command in a cmd window
FOR /F %i IN (textfile.txt) DO (echo okay)

This should echo the word "okay" three times. Instead it gives me absolutely nothing. Any ideas?
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Open the file in Notepad and click "Save as"; somewhere (depending on the version) on the "Save as" page, it'll show the file's encoding. The file is probably saved as Unicode, which can't be interpreted directly by a "for /f" loop.
Either change the encoding to ANSI and save, or use the output of "type" in the loop:
FOR /F %i IN ('type textfile.txt') DO (echo okay)

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You are a genius!!!!! THANKS!!!!  :-) :-) :-) :-)
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