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Assorted NT/2000/XP/.. CMD.EXE Script Tricks
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95} How to perform an operation on all the filenames listed in a file?

Slightly different variants of this Frequently Asked Question have been answered many times over. But let's look at this rendition. Assume that you have in MyList.txt e.g. the following information. The information could be there for example as a result of a search with the DIR command.
C:\Documents and Settings\ts\Local Settings\Temp\GLB62.tmp
C:\Documents and Settings\ts\Local Settings\Temp\~DF3A.tmp

The script to build MyTask.cmd which you can then call separately.
  @echo off & setlocal enableextensions
  :: The command you want to perform on each row.
  :: The "rem" has been inserted for safety

  set todo_=rem del /p
  :: Delete any old remnants

  for %%f in ("MyTask.cmd") do if exist %%f del %%f
  :: Add the todo_ command at the beginning of each line
  :: Put use quotes in case the source file contains long file names

  for /f "delims=" %%r in ('type MyList.txt') do (
    >> "MyTask.cmd" echo %todo_% "%%~r")
  :: Display the outcome also on the screen

  type "MyTask.cmd"
  dir "MyTask.cmd"|find /i "MyTask.cmd"
  echo Is ready to be run
  :: Clean up

  for %%f in ("MyTask.cmd") do if exist %%f del %%f
  endlocal & goto :EOF

The output will be
  rem del /p "C:\Documents and Settings\ts\Local Settings\Temp\GLB62.tmp"
  rem del /p "C:\Documents and Settings\ts\Local Settings\Temp\~DF3A.tmp"
  rem del /p "C:\WINDOWS\SET3.tmp"
  rem del /p "C:\WINDOWS\system32\CONFIG.TMP"
  rem del /p "C:\WINDOWS\Temp\scs17.tmp"
  rem del /p "C:\_L\TIMO\EXTENS01\EXTEN01.TMP"

  03.05.2005  12:35               317 MyTask.cmd
  Is ready to be run

What about making the MyList.txt list. The origin could be anything, but below is a familiar example how to list all today's *.TMP files into it.
  @echo off & setlocal enableextensions enabledelayedexpansion
  :: Get today's date elements, locale dependent

  set dd_=%date:~0,2%
  set mm_=%date:~3,2%
  set yyyy_=%date:~6,4%
  :: List all *.TMP file made today

  for /f "delims=" %%f in (
    'dir "C:\*.tmp" /s /b /-c /a:-d-s-h') do (
      set fdate_=%%~tf
      set fdd_=!fdate_:~0,2!
      set fmm_=!fdate_:~3,2!
      set fyyyy_=!fdate_:~6,4!
      if !fyyyy_!!fmm_!!fdd_! EQU %yyyy_%%mm_%%dd_% (
        >> "MyList.txt" echo %%~f)
  endlocal & goto :EOF