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I am currently having trouble trying to delete some files in a cmd script

I have the following:

for /d %%A in (C:\Users\*) do for /d %%B in (%%A\test\*) do echo %%B

Although I need to delete the output files, not list them

I have tried:

for /d %%A in (C:\Users\*) do for /d %%B in (%%A\test\*) do del %%B

But it didnt work

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"did not work" is not helpful. Did it give you an error message? Did it not delete the right files? What was the output? – Mat Apr 10 '11 at 18:59
Sorry, thanks for you reply, I have just found out that its because of the spaces.. – Peter Apr 10 '11 at 19:07
Found out, just added quotes around %%B e.g. for /d %%A in (C:\Users*) do for /d %%B in (%%A\test*) do del "%%B" – Peter Apr 10 '11 at 19:10
you should post that as an answer - it's ok to answer your own questions. – Mat Apr 10 '11 at 19:12

2 Answers 2

Add quotes around %%B e.g. for /d %%A in (C:\Users*) do for /d %%B in %%A\test* do del "%%B"

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Better use "%%~B" instead of just "%%B", just to be on the safe side. – Ansgar Wiechers Oct 1 '12 at 12:41

In addtion to Max's answer you can also use parenthesis to make the batch file easier to read. You should also use lowercase variable names.

@echo off
setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion  

for /d %%a in (C:\Users\*) do (
    rem echo "directory: %%a"
    for /f %%b in ("%%a\test\*") do (
        echo "%%b"
        del "%%b"
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