A Batch file or .Bat or .Cmd is a windows based scripting language which dates back to the early days of DOS. See also Wikipedia:Batch file.
- An A-Z Index of the Windows XP command line - an excellent well researched resource
*If *if (another) *Set
- Parameters / Arguments A very nice table of how to parse filename parameters into just name, path, without quotes, etc.
- Batch File Help - a how-to nice resource
- Batchworld - a batch file forum (yahoo group)
- Filename parsing in batch file and more idioms
- Command line parameters
- Batch Troubleshooter
- top 10 dos batch tips - nice parsing examples
Many of the unusual parsing commands can be found at a DOS prompt by using
- Call /?
- Set /?
and probably all commands by using
at a command prompt.
To read a file into a variable use something similar to
set /p app1= <launch\app1.txt.
this will pull the contents of launch\app1.txt into the app1 variable