Friday, November 18, 2011

Count Characters in a Batch File

I have an issue where I need to ensure I don't exceed a certain number of characters in a script. Specifically, I cannot exceed 64 characters while making a group through script in AD. To do this I came up with the following:

:Set some variables, the string variable, a second string variable and our starting count.
set str=\\fileservertestserver\accounting\Budgets\Budgets 2012\2012 Budget GA Loads
set str2=%str%
set N=0
setLocal EnableDELAYedExpansion

:the loop works like so... we check to see if N has been incremented to 55 (our
:target number of characters). If it has, it goes to a new routine which creates
:our path. If it does not, we increment N by one then check to see if the string
:has reached a NULL character. If it has not reached "55" then goto loop and repeat.
if !N! equ 55 (
goto :exceedcharacterquota

set /A N+=1

if "!str:~1!" neq "" (
set str=!str:~1!
goto :loop

:if string length exceeds 55 chars, take the first 25 chars and the last 25 chars with an ellipse (...)
:in between.
set string-part-one=!str2:~0,25!
set string-part-two=!str2:~-25!
echo !string-part-one!...!string-part-two!

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