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How to Use CACLS.EXE in a Batch File

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NOTE: This article only applies to English language versions of Windows.

The CACLS.EXE command line utility does not provide a /Y switch thatautomatically answers with Y for Yes to the ARE YOU SURE? Y/N prompt.However, you can use the echo command to pipe the character Y as input tothe ARE YOU SURE? Y/N prompt when you call Cacls.exe in a batch file.

To programmatically answer with Yes to the ARE YOU SURE? Y/N prompt duringbatch file execution, use the following command line in your batch file:
echo y| cacls filename /g username:permission
NOTE: Do not type a space between the "y" and the pipe symbol (|),otherwise, Cacls.exe fails to make the permission changes.

In larger batch files, this may produce the following error before continuing to the next line:
The Process tried to write to a nonexistent pipe.
The echo command does not expel its output before the system has a chance to build the pipe to cacls. There are different ways to work around this.

As an alternative, you can create a dummy file with just a "y" in it and use the syntax:
Cacls "F:\Directory" /g "Domain Users":R < yes.txt
Or you can use the xcacls utility which does allow the /y:
xcacls "F:\Directory" /e /g "Domain Users":R /y
For additional information about the syntax and usage of the Xcacls.exe utility, refer to the Xcacls.doc file included in the Windows NT Server 4.0 Resource Kit Supplement Three.
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Article ID: 135268 - Last Review: 12/04/2015 11:51:44 - Revision: 2.2

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