REM Does Not Prevent Parsing of FOR Statement in Batch File

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SYMPTOMS

If there is a syntax error in a line that uses the FOR command, that error is displayed, even if the line is preceded with the REM statement. For example, the following command line
rem FOR /R %z in (*.txt) do d:\test %~nxz

results in an error message being displayed.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT 4.0. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

RESOLUTION

If you do not want the error to appear, make sure the syntax is correct, even if the line is preceded with the REM statement. Using the example above, change the line to:
rem FOR /R %z in (*.txt) do d:\test %%~nxz

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Article ID: 155572 - Last Review: October 1, 2013 - Revision: 1.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
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