You are exactly right. It is cryptic (ala UNIX). The FOR command in
the CMD shell is very convoluted. I actually learned this particular
construct from a friend of mine a couple years back and kept it in my
"tips and tricks" toolbox just in case I would ever need it. I actually
do understand how it works (what does that say about me), but I am not
sure I would have ever been able to come up with it on my own. My
original version looked much more like Christian's.
From: vtech-install-config Listmanager
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2005 4:08 PM
Subject: Re: Running VEdit from a Flash Drive
From: "Christian Ziemski"
On Mon, 12 Sep 2005 16:26:00 -0400, Ted Green wrote:
>>>for /D %i in (.) do set d=%~di
>(To the melody of "Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas")
>Its beginning to look a lot like Unix. :-)
>Its almost scary that anyone can understand this, much less write it.
The CMD shell of Windows may have learned much over the last years (from
UNIX too), but the syntax is unbelievable horrible.
That is especially true for the feature-blasted FOR command!
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