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 erroris displayed, even if the line is preceded with the REM statement. Forexample, 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 areresearching this problem and will post new information here in theMicrosoft 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 exampleabove, change the line to:
rem FOR /R %z in (*.txt) do d:\test %%~nxz
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Article ID: 155572 - Last Review: 10/01/2013 02:57:27 - Revision: 1.1

  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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