Words with star char are ignored in FOR loop

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Words with star char are ignored in FOR loop

#1 Post by budhax » 07 May 2017 12:55

Hello,
This FOR loop ignores/passes the items containing the star char *.

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set list=coo*.* ses*.js sign bookmarkbackups\*.json
for %%e in (%list%) do (echo.%%~e)

So, the output is:

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sign

Which loop can output all items (separated by a space)?

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coo*.*
ses*.js
sign
bookmarkbackups\*.json


Thanks and regards.

aGerman
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Re: Words with star char are ignored in FOR loop

#2 Post by aGerman » 07 May 2017 13:38

Asterisks are wild cards that lead to search for files that match the pattern.

You could replace the spaces with line feed characters. That way you can process the list in a FOR /F loop.

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@echo off &setlocal
set "list=coo*.* ses*.js sign bookmarkbackups\*.json"

set ^"lf=^
%= make sure there are no spaces at the end of the above and this line =%
^"

set "list=%list:^=^^%"
set "list=%list:!=^^^!%"
setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion
set "list=%list: =" & set "list=!list!!lf!%"

for /f "delims=" %%i in ("!list!") do echo %%i

pause

Steffen

budhax
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Re: Words with star char are ignored in FOR loop

#3 Post by budhax » 07 May 2017 15:09

It works fine. Problem solved. Thanks a lot :)

Thor
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Re: Words with star char are ignored in FOR loop

#4 Post by Thor » 07 May 2017 17:06

You could try this also:

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@echo off &setlocal enableDelayedExpansion
set "list=coo*.* ses*.js sign bookmarkbackups\*.json"
for /l %%i in (1 1 4) do (
  for /f "tokens=1* delims= " %%A in ("!list!") do (
  echo %%A
  set "list=%%B"
  )
)
endlocal &exit /b

budhax
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Re: Words with star char are ignored in FOR loop

#5 Post by budhax » 08 May 2017 07:17

Shorter solution. Thanks again.

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Re: Words with star char are ignored in FOR loop

#6 Post by aGerman » 08 May 2017 10:28

budhax wrote:Shorter solution.

Yes absolutely sufficient as long as the number of tokens (used in the FOR /L loop) is already known.

Steffen

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