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Only First 8 Characters in a Batch Label Recognized
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MS-DOS recognizes only the first eight characters of a batch file label; subsequent characters are ignored.
NOTE: This eight-character limitation also applies to the %config% variable passed to the AUTOEXEC.BAT file in MS-DOS versions 6.0 or later when you use multi-boot configurations.
For example, the labels LATESTCHANGE and LATESTCHANGES are identical to MS- DOS. The line "GOTO LATESTCHANGE" (without the quotation marks) transfers to the first label in the file that has same first eight characters as LATESTCHANGE.
The following examples illustrate this limitation.
Example 1The following example
goto latestchdisplays the following
tworather than displaying the following:
Example 2The following example
:latestchdisplays the following until CTRL+C is pressed, terminating the batch file:
Article ID: 63071 - Last Review: May 12, 2003 - Revision: 2.0