Spaces in batch scripts
Since reading The Pragmatic Programmer I’ve become a bit of an automation junkie and writing batch scripts falls right under that category.
Unfortunately, nearly every single time I write one I forget that Windows really hates it when you have spaces in variable assignments, and I forget how to print out a usage message if the right number of parameters are not passed in.
So as much for me as for everyone else, this is how you do it:
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@ECHO off IF [%1]== GOTO usage IF [%2]== GOTO usage set VAR1=%1 set VAR2=%2 rem important client stuff goto end :usage echo Usage: script.bat var1 var2 :end echo Script finished~~~