I have made a template batch script that I can tell to carry out a function. I usually use it for pointing to files or locations, in this case, I want it to find and highlight a file and throw a custom error if the target isn't present. Whether the target is present or not, my script throws my error. What am I doing wrong or missing?

Here is my script:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /select, "%TARGETPATH%"

SET msgboxTitle=%TITLE%
SET msgboxBody=%MESSAGE%
SET tmpmsgbox=%TEMP%\Message.vbs
IF EXIST "%tmpmsgbox%" DEL /F /Q "%tmpmsgbox%"
ECHO msgbox "%msgboxBody%",0,"%msgboxTitle%">"%tmpmsgbox%"
WSCRIPT "%tmpmsgbox%"


I have moved and adjusted he position of line 3 (the target selector) to many different positions to prevent the error in a successful target acquisition. I have even set a :END after the selector among many other things. How can I get this script to throw the error if, and only if the specified target isn't present?

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    Check your syntax. To my knowledge the IF uses IF .. == .. so you're missing an =. – LPChip Feb 23 '18 at 10:04
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    Line 4 should be goto END; otherwise, after line 3 you will drop through into the error handling code. – AFH Feb 23 '18 at 10:06
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    NOT EXIST doesn't require = at all, just use ` NOT EXIST "%TARGETPATH%"` – Máté Juhász Feb 23 '18 at 10:06
  • Thank you for the replies, I combined @AFH's goto END: that I forgot to add in combination with @Máté Juhász's code correction. The script functions correctly now. If some one would like to provide the solution an answer, I will accept and upvote. – Mr. Mendelli Feb 23 '18 at 10:10

Line 2 : IF NOT EXIST should look like this


And at line 4

goto :END

From this Stackoverflow question

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