Can alias pass parameters to for command?

Apr 28, 2013
alias a=echo %*
It work.
>a 1 2 3
1 2 3

alias b=`for %f in (%*) echo %f`
It doesn't work.
>b 1 2 3

output nothing.

Charles Dye

Super Moderator
Staff member
May 20, 2008
Albuquerque, NM
I'm not sure exactly what's going on here, but it has something to do with the parsing of parentheses:

C:\>alias b=`echo ( %* )`

C:\>b foo bar fum
(  ) foo bar fum

C:\>alias b=`echo ( %$ )`

C:\>b foo bar fum
( foo bar fum )


But the help file only describes %$, not %*. I'm guessing %* is a spillover from batch files. If it works with aliases, it's only by accident. Anyway, that's my guess.
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