The requirement was to get a list of all users connected to a particular swmfs server and notify them that the server was about to go down.
I discovered that the FOR command is just what the doctor ordered for this task. The basic form is as follows...
FOR /F "skip=5 delims=@" %%i IN ('swmfs_list -full \\%COMPUTERNAME%\sw400\product\data message.ds') DO net send %%i Smallworld server going down in 2 minutes.
- FOR /F ... IN ...
- Command key words that tell the system that you want to iteratively process the results of some file or command
- ('swmfs_list -full \\%COMPUTERNAME%\sw400\product\data message.ds')
- the command that will have each line processed individually for some information. This particular command provides a list of all the user@computername that are connected to message.ds in the specified folder on %COMPUTERNAME%
- the internal variable representing each line of the file/command
- "skip=5 delims=@"
- instructions to the command to skip the first 5 lines of swmfs_list and then also split the processed lines by the @ character.
- a command key word that indicates that what follows next is the command to be processed on each line of iterator
- net send %%i Smallworld server going down in 2 minutes.
- the NET SEND command is used to send the message "Smallworld server going down in 2 minutes" to the user specified in variable %%i. Remember that the variable %%i represents the first element of each line after it has been split by the @ character.