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I am trying to get the exact match of a path ("\Users\sachin.a.goyal\Desktop\test\") which is there in a file:

 1 number: 
 name = DMS 3.0 R2 - Deployment Workbook_APAC v4_WMT 
 size = 15634835 
 path = \Users\sachin.a.goyal\Desktop\test\ 
 2 number: 
 name = Scenarios 
 size = 254 
 path = \Users\sachin.a.goyal\Desktop\test\New folder\

I am using this command:

 findstr /x /c:"\Users\sachin.a.goyal\Desktop\test\" Biggest.txt

But after this command, DOS window is stucked. It is not giving any error but looks like it is expecting some other parameter. Please help.

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Which operating system? It could be MS-DOS, but it is most likely just the command prompt in Windows [something]. I'm tagging the post "Windows" for the time being. If it explicitly is MS-DOS, feel free to change it. – Daniel Andersson Aug 8 '12 at 7:38
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The /x is not going to work as the entire line needs to match the search string, and in this case, it is prefixed with path =. Also, the \ symbols need to be escaped so they are not interpreted as commands. Finally, regular expression mode will help capture the right line, as it ends in a space then the end of line - the end of line can be represented as a $:

H:\>findstr /r /c:"\\Users\\sachin.a.goyal\\Desktop\\test\\ *$" biggest.txt
path = \Users\sachin.a.goyal\Desktop\test\

The reason for your search hanging is probably one of the \ was matching a command.

If you are using a variable to hold the path being searched for, you would still need to escape the backslashes. You can do this with the replace feature:

set path="c:\Users\sachin.a.goyal\Desktop\test\"
set path=%path:\=\\%
echo path

The second line says, replace all backslahes with double backslashes. Unfortunately I don't have a Windows box to test on right now, but you may need to escape the backslashes still:

    set path=%path:\\=\\\\%
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Thank you very much!!It worked. But The actual problem is that I have stored the path in a variable and I am matching the value of that variable in file. Then I have to save the path in the variable as you told with regular expression '\' ? – Sachin Aug 8 '12 at 7:34
Yeah that should be fine - are you still getting stuck with the backslashes? – Paul Aug 8 '12 at 13:56
Yes....that variable contains the path with single backslashes only – Sachin Aug 8 '12 at 17:22
Can you test it by populating the var with double backslashes and if it works we'll figure a way to fix it – Paul Aug 8 '12 at 21:55
Yes it works when populate the var like that code set var = \\Users\\sachin.a.goyal\\Desktop\\test\\ *$ – Sachin Aug 9 '12 at 6:21

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