Fixed Win "set /p" not working in V17 build 53


Jul 6, 2008
Set /p isn't working in V17.00.53 x64

D:\bat>set /p choice="Enter your choice: " & echo choice === %choice%


TCC  17.00.53 x64   Windows 7 [Version 6.1.7601]

D:\bat>set /p choice="Enter your choice: " & echo choice === %choice%


Works in V16.03.55 x64

TCC  16.03.55 x64   Windows 7 [Version 6.1.7601]

C:\JPSoft\tcmd16x64>set /p choice="Enter your choice: " & echo choice === %choice%
"Enter your choice: "3
choice === 3



Senior IT Security Consultant
May 28, 2008
Confirmed here too... although it doesn't hang, but returns a double usage error message:

Usage : SET [/A /D /E /O /P /R file... /RO /S /U /V /X] [name[=][value ]]
Usage : SET [/A /D /E /O /P /R file... /RO /S /U /V /X] [name[=][value ]]

ref Help:

Definition mode:

SET [/A /D /O /S /U /V /E /RO /R [file...] | name=value | prompt ]

prompt Optional input prompt for the /P name= option.

Looks like if you remove the spaces in the prompt set 'prompts' for input, but still doesn't set the variable. If you remove the prompt entirely it works:

unset choice

set /p choice=Enteryourchoice: & echo choice === choice%
choice ===

set /p choice= & echo choice === %choice%
choice === gtrf


Senior IT Security Consultant
May 28, 2008
Thanks Rex. I'm sure the OP (rps) appreciates your speedy work as well :) . I noticed the 'CMD expanding variable before set on same cmdline' thing and meant to mention it too, but of course that's only an issue with the echo output. The real issue was with the 'set /p' part which does work as written with CMD... I'm guessing rps made the example as a quick one liner for demonstration purposes only under TCC.
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