c:\users\misterfoo FINDSTR bar

I accidentally press enter while my command is incomplete. Then I have a cursor on a blank line. Whatever I type, command or gibberish, when I press enter I get a new line. CMD forgets that it runs commands and becomes a text editor.

CTRL C does nothing. I cannot backspace to erase the incomplete command, and my only option is to close and restart CMD. Pressing enter with an incomplete command should not mean I have to restart CMD.

  • a)ctrl-c gets out of it for me. b)any command that you can pipe to, will wait for input from keyboard and vice versa.. e.g. try echo ASDFbarASDF|findstr bar i'm not sure if they will all accept multiple lines though - perhaps. – barlop Nov 18 '15 at 19:55
  • (1) Ctrl+C works for me, too.  Also Ctrl+Z followed by Enter.  (2) @barlop: How does your (b) help the OP? – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' Nov 19 '15 at 2:04
  • @G-Man he described some things happening, and one thing he described was a cursor on a blank line and being able to enter characters(, and in 'b', I gave some explanation for that. Giving info that can improve somebody's understanding is generally helpful. An increased understanding of what is happening is beneficial/helpful - with or without a solution. You'd be a very poor techie if you just applied things or looked for answers without understanding or looking to understand, what was going on. – barlop Nov 19 '15 at 9:05
  • @barlop: OK, you were explaining that the findstr bar command wasn't hung, but was simply reading from the keyboard (and searching any typed input for the word "bar").  I see that now.  (But David said the same thing (38 seconds earlier!)  And I'm not sure your comment is worded in a way that will be comprehensible to somebody at the OP's level of understanding.  And I still don't really understand the bit about accepting multiple lines.) – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' Nov 19 '15 at 17:29
  • @G-Man I think his was hung his ctrl-c didn't work, but that's still inexplicable,y ctrl-c didn't work for him. But part of what he described, he didn't seem to be aware was normal operation.As4 the point about multiple lines, I don't yet get it to my satisfaction either.But as a general note,it's OK to write something that is not comprehensible to the OP e.g. maybe the OP will come back in 5 years,or maybe somebody else will get it. It's never just about the person asking..Or maybe a very curious OP might ask and ask until they understand, or maybe they won't 'cos they don't care.All is fine – barlop Nov 19 '15 at 21:20

It is doing what you asked it to do, reading its input and extracting "bar" strings from it. I'm not sure why you couldn't exit with control-C. That works for me.

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