Path of the script file is not set correctly when you use the "set mydir=%~dps0" command line in a .cmd script

Article translations Article translations
Article ID: 833431 - View products that this article applies to.
Expand all | Collapse all

On This Page

SYMPTOMS

When you use the following command line in a script file that uses the .cmd extension, the path of the script file is not set to use a folder that uses the same name of the script file in short name format:
set mydir=%~dps0
For example, if you run a script file that is named MyScript.cmd and that is located in a folder that is named 1234567890 on drive C, the path of the script file is not set to C:\123456~1 as expected.

CAUSE

This problem occurs when the %~dps0 parameter incorrectly concatenates the path of the script file.

RESOLUTION

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.

Windows XP

   Date         Time   Version        Size     File name
   -----------------------------------------------------
   16-Dec-2003  20:23  5.1.2600.1329  255,488  Cmd.exe

Windows XP 64-Bit Edition

   Date         Time   Version        Size     File name  Platform
   ---------------------------------------------------------------
   16-Dec-2003  20:23  5.1.2600.1329  549,888  Cmd.exe    IA-64
   16-Dec-2003  20:23  5.1.2600.1329  255,488  Wcmd.exe   x86

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, do not use the %~dps0 parameter to change the path of the script file. Instead, use Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript).

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Properties

Article ID: 833431 - Last Review: October 26, 2006 - Revision: 2.5
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Keywords: 
kbautohotfix kbhotfixserver kbqfe kbtshoot kbwinxppresp2fix kbfix kbbug KB833431

Give Feedback

 

Contact us for more help

Contact us for more help
Connect with Answer Desk for expert help.
Get more support from smallbusiness.support.microsoft.com