Stepping through a dos batch script in windows 7

I know I could manually type pause after every line, but is there an easier way to step through a batch file to see what happens after each line?
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Sadly no. There is no debug or step mode in cmd.exe.
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Of course there should be some 3rd party tools able to emulate stepwise execution, but it requires some effort to do so and hence there is probably nothing for free.

Nowadays you should take the leap to switch to PowerShell.
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Bill PrewCommented:
A couple of things you can do in a batch file though, certainly not a debugger, but sometimes can help.

(1) You can remove the ECHO OFF line if there is one (or change it to ECHO ON) and then when you run the BAT you will see each line executed echoed to STDOUT.  This take a little practice to read effectively, but can be helpful since it will show you some of the variables resolved to their actual values at runtime.

(2) If you have an idea of what you want to see and where you can add some ECHO commands after key logic and display helpful data like environment variables, or maybe do a DIR command if you are working with files, etc.

(3) When you run the BAT script, send it's output to a file rather than the console, and then you can browse it with an editor after it finishes, and search, etc.

(4) I have occasionally created a little debug subroutine and CALLed it from several locations along the code path.  Then it can display all useful info about variables, files, flags etc each file with headings.  Reduces the effort to adding displays along the way.

~bp
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NVITCommented:
Maybe Batch Compiler...
- Realtime debugging
- IDE for batch scripts
http://sourceforge.net/projects/batchcompiler/?source=directory
http://batchcompiler.sourceforge.net/
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Steve KnightIT ConsultancyCommented:
If the batch file is simple, one line, affair without using ( ) to nest items or goto to move around you could probably get away with one batch to read the other using a for command, execute each of it's lines with a pause command between them?

Steve
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys!  Here's another question based on Qlemo's comment.  THANKS!  DUH!  Time to learn something new!

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Scripting/Powershell/Q_28580586.html
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