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Assorted NT/2000/XP/.. CMD.EXE Script Tricks
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This page is edited from the 1cmdfaq.txt faq-file contained in my tscmd.zip command line interface (CLI) collection. That zipped file has much additional material, including a number of detached .cmd script files. It is recommended that you also get the zipped version as a companion.

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180} I want to exit my script if it already has been run today.

Although not quite the same, this has some resemblance to avoiding multiple calls of a script with a lockfile as explained in Item #12.

  @echo off & setlocal enableextensions
  rem The log file. Employ the current script file's name, but use .log as the extension.
  set MyLogFile="%mytemp%\%~n0.log"
  rem Get the last entry (the last line) of the log file.
  set LastLine=
  if exist "%MyLogFile%" (
    for /f "delims=" %%a in ('type "%MyLogFile%"') do set LastLine=%%a
  rem Compare the last line with today's date.
  echo.%LastLine%|findstr /c:"%date%">nul
  if %errorlevel% EQU 0 (
    echo Exiting: "%~f0" has already been run today
    echo %LastLine%
    goto :EOF)
  rem Whatever your script is otherwise designed to do.
  echo Do whatever
  rem Write into the log file the time of running this script.
  echo %date% %time%>>"%MyLogFile%"
  endlocal & goto :EOF

(If you have not set the mytemp environment variable, the root is indicated. For more study e.g. the logic of AssignTemp in Item #18.)

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