special characters in for /d do call


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Liviu

Following are a couple of questions about quoting and escaping directory
names which contain special characters (^, &, %).

The following .bat recursively displays the directory names under a root
passed as %1 on the command line.

----
@echo off

:tree
call :dir ^"%%~1^"
for /d %%d in ("%~1\*") do @%0 "%%~d"
goto :eof

:dir
echo d: %1 ["%~1"]
goto :eof
----

1. I've come across the call :dir ^"%%~1^" syntax by mere accident.
Wouldn't have thought it's legal, yet it is the only one which seems to
be passing %~1 correctly to a call'd label. In other words, it works in
the given context (at least under xp.sp3) but I still don't fathom why.

2. I am not able to find a "do call" replacement for the "do @%0" part.
Various attempts of passing the parameter to a call'd label ("%%~d",
^"%%~d^" etc) all fail in one way or another when presented with
directory names which contain special characters (^, &, %). Any hint of
how to make a "do call" work much appreciated.

Cheers,
Liviu

P.S My test directory structure looks like:

root
root\amp &1
root\amp &1\amp &&2
root\amp &1\amp &&2\amp &&&3
root\car ^1
root\car ^1\car ^^2
root\car ^1\car ^^2\car ^^^3
root\pct %1
root\pct %1\pct %%2
root\pct %1\pct %%2\pct %%%3
 
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