[SOLVED] Batch file reading text files

Spazz_1219

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I've slowly gotten closer, step by step, to finishing this batch file of mine.
This time, I need to be able to pull information from a text file into the batch file.
For example, I'd like to be able to pull information such as a username and a password from a text file, and use it in the batch file as some kind of variable. Something like this:

+login %username% %password%

in this case the username and password would be stored on a separate file.

I'm hoping it'll be something easy-ish in order to do something like
set username=[information pulled from file here]
set password=[information pulled from file here]
 
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britechguy

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There are literally thousands of tutorials on reading text from a text file into variables in a batch file. A web search on [read text file command prompt] or [read text file batch file] will turn up more than you can care to read.

The solution here: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/lync/en-US/714c5808-0971-44c1-bacc-55d5ae576515/reading-lines-from-a-text-file-with-a-command-line-batch-file that discusses using a FOR loop for a delimited text file should fill the bill. There are equally many tutorials on the FOR in command prompt.
 

britechguy

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There are literally thousands of tutorials on reading text from a text file into variables in a batch file. A web search on [read text file command prompt] or [read text file batch file] will turn up more than you can care to read.

The solution here: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/lync/en-US/714c5808-0971-44c1-bacc-55d5ae576515/reading-lines-from-a-text-file-with-a-command-line-batch-file that discusses using a FOR loop for a delimited text file should fill the bill. There are equally many tutorials on the FOR in command prompt.
 

Spazz_1219

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There are literally thousands of tutorials on reading text from a text file into variables in a batch file. A web search on [read text file command prompt] or [read text file batch file] will turn up more than you can care to read.

The solution here: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/lync/en-US/714c5808-0971-44c1-bacc-55d5ae576515/reading-lines-from-a-text-file-with-a-command-line-batch-file that discusses using a FOR loop for a delimited text file should fill the bill. There are equally many tutorials on the FOR in command prompt.
I was kind of hoping you'd mention that one because I've been poking at one of the answers for the last hour and a half.
Oddly enough the response:
for /f "delims=," %%a in file.txt do set hostname=%%a & set backupdrive=%%b & backupdir=%%c & xbackupdir=%%d
doesn't exactly seem to work as it just closes the command prompt each time.
Since this would need to be ran before I started calling variables, having that happen is a problem.

I could be doing it wrong but I had edited it as follows:
for /f "delims=," %%a in user.txt do set USERNAME=%%a & set PASSWORD=%%b

And attempted using it in this way: (mind you this is only to make sure the command is ran and not to actually run the command)
echo message login.exe +login %USERNAME% %LOGIN%

The two commands are separated by a pause so I can figure out where things are breaking.
 

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