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Command Line Question


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Does anyone know of any slick console (cmd.exe) commands that will return the UNC path of a mapped drive with no other text? I need to isolate the UNC path to store it in a text file. So far I have this:

C:\>net use t:
Local name T:
Remote name \\server\share
Resource type Disk
Status OK
# Opens 0
# Connections 1
The command completed successfully.

But all I want is the value of the "Remote name", and I am limited strictly to console commands like dir, echo, net, and so on. A batch file would work fine if you have a set of commands that will get the same result. I am looking to append the value into a text file with a simple redirection like this:

C:\>net use t: >> UNCPath.TXT

Any DOS/cmd gurus know of any tricks to do that? It has to be something that can execute on any PC (2k or XP) without installing anything.


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Try this in a batch file

@echo off
for /f "tokens=2,3 delims=\" %%i in ('net use %1 ^| find "[URL="file://%5C%5C"%27"]\\"'[/URL]) do echo [URL="file://%5C%5C%%i%5C%%j"]\\%%i\%%j[/URL]
just pass the drive letter as a parameter of the batchfile.. ie:

c:\> somename.bat t: >> mydestFile.txt

edit: Removed an extra backslash in the code
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Worked perfectly, simply amazing.



Any web resources where I can learn about that - it was pretty sweet :D
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Woah.. I'm still here?
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Political User
Actually, that was "out of my head" so to speak.. sadly enough I didn't need to look it up (other than to remember the exact syntax of the "for" command, which you can get by typing "for /?" and the command line).

YOu can probably google "DOS Batch" and come up with some good resources though..

If you had a list of drive letters, you can actually put them all in a text file (one drive letter per line) and wrap the whole thing in another for loop

for /f %i in (driveLetterList.txt) do UNCPath.bat %i >> UNCPathList.txt
driveLetterList.txt --> List of Drive letters
UNCPath.bat --> Name of Batch file
UNCPathList.txt --> Destination file


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Ok so I have spent quite a bit of time on this, question now is how I can shrink below 9 varialbes :dead:

For a little background, this is designed to be a clickable button in Lotus Notes that a user can click, enter the path for a file and then it will paste a URL into a message for them.

I also want to be able to go back to an 8.3 naming convention, as the output acts weird when there are spaces in the file name.

[FONT=Courier][SIZE=2]szfile := @Prompt([LocalBrowse]; "Select a file:"; "3");[/SIZE][/FONT]
[SIZE=2][FONT=Courier]@If(szfile = ""; @Return(1);[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][FONT=Courier]@Contains(szfile;":\\") & !@Contains(szfile;"C:");@Do(@Command([Execute]; "cmd.exe"; "\" /c echo @echo ^^^<a href='file:^^^/^^^/%1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8'^^^>^^^<font face=sans-serif size=2^^^>\\\\%1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8^^^<^^^/a^^^> > ml.bat");@Command([Execute]; "cmd.exe"; "\" /c echo @for ^/f \"tokens=2,3 delims=\\\" %%i in ('net use %1 ^^^| find \"\\\\\"') do @call ml.bat %%i\\%%j\\%2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9 >gUNC.bat");@Command([Execute]; "cmd.exe"; "\" /c gUNC " + @Left(szFile;"\\") + " " + @Right(szFile;"\\") + " >link.htm"));[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][FONT=Courier]@Do(@Set("szLink";@ReplaceSubstring("file://" + szfile; "/":" "; "^/":"%20"));@Set("linkhtml";"^<html^>^<a href='"+szLink+"'^>^<font face=\"sans-serif, Arial, Helvetica, Geneva\" size=\"2\"^>"+szFile+"^<^/font^>^<^/a^>^<^/html^>");@Command([Execute]; "cmd.exe"; "\" /c echo "+linkhtml+">link.htm"))[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][FONT=Courier]@Do(@Prompt([Ok];"Pause";"Press Space or Enter to continue and create the link.");[/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][FONT=Courier]@PostedCommand([FileImport]; "HTML"; "link.htm"))[/FONT][/SIZE]


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damn I always feel like I am a step behind you guys. But I just wanted to say thanks because I usually learn something from your problems for the future. Its easy to feel like a idiot online and another thing to feel like that in front of your boss. lol. I will shut up now.


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FWIW, and stop hijacking my thread :)p), I don't think your an idiot. And your ability to solve problems outside of your immediate intelligence makes you more valuable than those who can't do that.

So, chin up :)

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