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Microsoft KB Archive/36605

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Environment Variable Trailing Spaces Not Truncated

Article ID: 36605

Article Last Modified on 5/12/2003



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.1
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.21 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.3 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.3a
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 4.01 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0a
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.21 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Standard Edition



This article was previously published under Q36605

SUMMARY

When setting environment variables, the following commands produce different environment variables:

SET FIRST=one
SET FIRST =two


MORE INFORMATION

The command SET now displays the following (along with all the other environment variables):

FIRST=one
FIRST =two


Trailing spaces are not removed from the environment variable that is being set. The variables are fully functional and may be addressed in batch files by using the same syntax when referring to the variable. For example, the following line

echo %FIRST %


will print the word "two" on the screen.


Additional query words: 6.22 3.00 3.10 3.20 3.30 3.30A 4.00 5.00 6.00

Keywords: KB36605