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(This is on NT based Windows like 2000, XP, Vista, 7)

On the command-line, the percentage characters are ignored:

wget "http://www.justitie.nl/images/Handleiding%20voor%20verwerkers%20persoonsgegevens_tcm34-3940.pdf"

So it correctly downloads this file (each %20 becomes a space):

"http://www.justitie.nl/images/Handleiding voor verwerkers persoonsgegevens_tcm34-3940.pdf"

But inside a batchfile, all the %20 are being interpreted as expanding parameter 2 (which is empty) resulting in this file to get downloaded (each %20 becomes 0):


Is there a way to circumvent the percentage parameter expansion?


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Double the percent sign:

wget "http://www.justitie.nl/images/Handleiding%%20voor%%20verwerkers%%20persoonsgegevens_tcm34-3940.pdf"
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+1 thanks- this worked. –  Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Dec 25 '09 at 11:26

% is used for variables in Windows' cmd.exe (and its predecessor command.com).

The escape character in cmd.exe is ^:

> echo foo^%bar
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this does not work from inside a batch file; but Snark's solution works. This is the batch-file I tested: wget "justitie.nl/images/…; wget "justitie.nl/images/Handleiding^%20voor^%20verwerkers^%20persoonsgege‌​vens_tcm34-3940.pdf" –  Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Dec 25 '09 at 11:26
I did know @Snark's solution, but I wouldn't have guessed that this wouldn't also work. Surprising. –  user1167442 Nov 5 '14 at 20:12

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