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The Feedback forum will also match your suggestions against previous suggestions, to reduce the number of duplicate entries. You can discuss and develop suggestions via the comment threads, so that by the time we’re ready to implement an idea it has already been fully thought out.

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June 2011

Monthly Tip #1 - Batch Debugger Tooltips

Take Command 12.0 introduced many new features in the batch debugger (BDEBUGGER). Last month we talked about conditional breakpoints; this month we'll showcase tooltips.

A tooltip is a little window that pops up next to the mouse cursor when you pause ("hover") the mouse over a word in the tabbed editing windows. The batch debugger supports four types of tooltips:

If you hover the mouse over a variable name, the debugger will display a tooltip with the current value. The variable can be an environment variable or a TCC internal variable. (You cannot display a variable function value in a tooltip, as they are not evaluated until the line is parsed.)

If you hover the mouse over an array variable (1-dimensional only!), the debugger will display a tooltip with the values of up to the first 20 elements of the array.

If you hover the mouse over an internal TCC command, the debugger will display a tooltip with the command syntax.

If you hover the mouse over an alias, the debugger will display the alias definition.

The batch debugger will display tooltips both when editing a batch file and when debugging it.

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Monthly Tip #2 - Wildcards in Pathnames

Users have been asking for years for the ability to use wildcards in directory names as well as in the filenames. For example, to copy files whose name matches "foo*" and whose parent directory name matches "a*z":

    copy c:\myfiles\a*z\foo* d:\foo

Or to copy files whose name matches "foo*" in any subdirectory of c:\myfiles:

    copy c:\myfiles\**\foo* d:\foo

These types of wildcards are common in Linux, but the dearth of Windows apps that support this syntax implies that Windows is not especially welcoming (OK, implacably hostile!) to filenames with wildcards in the pathname component. But after way too much pain and trial-and-error, we were able to implement directory wildcards in TCC 12.0 (for internal commands and functions only).

You can control the subdirectory recursion by specifying * or ** in the path. A * (or a partial name with a * and/or one or more ?'s) will match a single subdirectory level; a ** will match any all subdirectory levels for that pathname. You can also use regular expressions as directory wildcards.

Directory wildcards cannot be used with the /O:... option (which sorts entries before executing the command). And think very carefully before using directory wildcards with a /S (recurse subdirectories) option, as this will almost certainly return unexpected results!

There are a few commands and functions which do not support directory wildcards, as they would be meaningless or destructive (for example, TREE, @FILEOPEN, @FILEDATE, etc.).

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Take Command 12.10 Upgrades

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