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Cmd screen print help

I know how to get output to show in cmd and I also know how to get the output to print to a file. The problem comes in when I try to print to a file. Of course, there is no output on the screen. Is there a way to do both? I know I can write to a file and then use the TYPE command to print the file but I would like it to write to a file as well as to the screen in real time. That way I can see if a large batch file locks up and where without having to search a file. Does this option even exist?

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  • Timothy Jaramillo
    Timothy Jaramillo Mar 28, 2008

    I am wanting to create a constant log which it basically does whenever you run a batch file without >> filename.txt. With >> filename.txt it writes the output to a file named "filename.txt" in whichever directory you are in but doesn't show on screen. I am wanting to write it to the file "filename.txt" but I want it to display in real time on the screen as well. Not that big of a deal but it would be nice in case the script locks up the computer I can see where.

    By the way, this is for Windows XP Pro.

  • Timothy Jaramillo
    Timothy Jaramillo Apr 01, 2008

    This worked. Thank you so much. You have no idea how long I have been looking for a solution on this.

  • Ronald Homer
    Ronald Homer May 11, 2010

    so, basically you want to create a contstant log of everything you type in the command line, and all the information that is returned?

    What operating system are you using? what other details can you give me?



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Hmm... you could try the "&" option...

Dir & Dir >>dir.txt

you might also try the clip.exe program, described here:

although i haven't tested the clip exe, so it might just leave you with the same problem...

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