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Archive for August 30th, 2011

Batch file to get parent directory (not the directory of the batch file, but the parent of that directory)

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/08/30

The problem solved here is two-fold:

  1. The ~dp syntax for getting the directory/path part only works for parameters and loop indexes, not on variables.
    You can work around this by having a 1-iteration for-loop.
  2. The :~ syntax for getting the substring works only for variables, not for parameters and loop indexes.
    You can work around this by assigning to a temporary variable.


  echo batchfile=%0
  echo full=%~f0
  set Directory=%~dp0
echo Directory=%Directory%
:: strip trailing backslash
  set Directory=%Directory:~0,-1%
echo %Directory%
::  ~dp does not work for regular environment variables:
::  set ParentDirectory=%Directory:~dp%  set ParentDirectory=%Directory:~dp%
::  ~dp only works for batch file parameters and loop indexes
  for %%d in (%Directory%) do set ParentDirectory=%%~dpd
  echo ParentDirectory=%ParentDirectory%

This will show:

  1. The directory of the batch file
  2. The directory but without the trailing backslash
  3. The parent directory of the batch file

Hope you can give this some use.


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