DOS Command Line Stuff Worth Remembering

Monday, July 26th, 2010
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Monday, November 29th, 2010

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This is an ongoing collection of dos command line tips and tricks I've run across over the years. I tend to forget what I did 5 min ago, let alone a bunch of DOS commands, so I'm collecting the stuff I've found here as a place of reference. Much of what you will find here is probably posted on the internet somewhere (which is where I got it from) or, I've created a few little tricks myself to help me along the way.

Append to New File - This will create OR overwrite the existing file.

dos-program.exe > file.txt

Append to Existing File - This will create OR add to any existing file.

dos-program.exe >> file.txt

Script to add carriage returns to appended file
Note: the following script will overwrite the existing file each time it is run...

@echo off
echo Run the fancy program and output to file!
dos-program.exe > file.txt
echo. >> file.txt
echo. >> file.txt
dos-program2.exe >> file.txt

get Computer Name Environment Variable

echo %computername%

Environment Variable Heaven

Execute DOS Command Scripts / Bat files from UNC Network path - This will automatically map the last available drive letter to the UNC path you currently reside in. Let's say you are in \\computer\folder\test This will automatically map Z:\ to the test folder for you.

@echo off
pushd %~dp0
echo Do Something cool!

Append the Current Time to a File

net time \\%computername% |find "time" > "file.txt"

This will output in the following format:
Current time at \\THISCOMPUTER is 7/26/2010 10:28 AM

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