Source: http://student.vub.ac.be/~dvandeun/minifaq [no longer works] a Dirk van Deun page: http://purl.oclc.org/net/dirk/ Updated tsbat link Updated my link ---------------------------- BATCH FILE MINIFAQ VER. 1.13 ---------------------------- Q1: Under which circumstances would this newsgroup be a very boring place ? A1: This newsgroup would be a very boring place if everybody had read the information behind these URL's: 1. Collected tips and tricks of Timo Salmi: (FTP, ZIPPED files) ftp://garbo.uwasa.fi/pc/ts/tsbat.zip And on the same site: ftp://garbo.uwasa.fi/pc/batchutil/rbatch15.zip 2. A Webbook on batch files, by Ted Davis: (HTTP, HTML; also available in one large ZIPPED file) http://gearbox.maem.umr.edu/~batch/ 3. Terry Newton's very comprehensive batch programming website: (HTTP, HTML) http://www.infionline.net/~wtnewton/batch/index.html 4. And two texts on advanced batch file programming, by myself: (HTTP, ASCII) http://purl.oclc.org/net/dirk/batcoll.all http://purl.oclc.org/net/dirk/batvirus.all 5. Some topics in batch programming by Tom Lavedas: (HTTP, HTML) http://www.pressroom.com/~tglbatch/ 6. Laurence Soucy's Batch Book: (HTML) http://bigfoot.com/~batfiles/ Q2: All right, I get the hint, but what should I read first ? A2: If you want a look at something that resembles a real FAQ, download the files of URL 1; if you want a tutorial, read URL 2 (or download the zipped version from there); if you want to browse through some rather complicated stuff, go to URL 3 or 5; if you want a post-graduate course in batch file scripting, read or download URL 4a. There is also an intermediate-level course: URL 4b. I haven't read the Batch Book of URL 6 yet, but it does look very thorough too. The miniFAQ is published whenever I feel like it.