OT: ^ in redirection (windows)

Duncan Booth duncan.booth at invalid.invalid
Mon Jul 4 17:13:49 CEST 2005


Bengt Richter wrote:

> You'd think ^ would be mentioned in
>     http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/pro
>     ddocs/en-us/redirection.mspx 
> but it seems not to be.
> 

You mean you didn't think to look at 

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/ntcmds_shelloverview.mspx
 ?

(or from Help & Support centre in Windows search on 'shell' to get to the same page).

I think the point is that the ^ escape isn't part of the redirection syntax, 
it is only useful when you want to not redirect (or not have multiple commands on 
one line), so it isn't really obvious where it should be documented. That said, 
they have done a pretty good job of hiding it.



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