Semicolon, Equal Sign As Arguments in Batch File

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SUMMARY

When a semicolon (;) or equal sign (=) is used as a command line argument in a batch file, it is treated as a blank space.

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For example, in the following batch file, TEST.BAT,
   echo %1 %2 %3
				
the command line and resulting output appear as follows:
   Command Line       Output
   ------------       ------

   test a=b           a b
   test a;b           a b
   test ;ab           ab
   test =             ECHO is on (parsed as test)
   test ;             ECHO is on
				
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Article ID: 71247 - Last Review: May 12, 2003 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 4.01 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0a
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.21 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Standard Edition
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