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Windows 7: What is "more?" when typing '(' in cmd?

29 Jul 2013   #1
M4dn3ss

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What is "more?" when typing '(' in cmd?

Just noticed something interesting while typing an opening parenthesis in the command prompt (left curved bracket)
I haven't been able to find out what it is, does anyone know what it is exactly? It just says "more?" and doesn't really seem to react to input at first glance. Screenshot is attached.




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29 Jul 2013   #2
Anak

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My first thought was, did you try touching the Enter/Return Key?

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29 Jul 2013   #3
pallesenw

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It has to do with scripting. In batch files you create a block of code inside ( ... )
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29 Jul 2013   #4
cyclic

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This from Microsoft should help
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29 Jul 2013   #5
pallesenw

Windows
 
 

Forget about the "more" command :-)
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29 Jul 2013   #6
M4dn3ss

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Okay, kinda pointless but interesting to know nonetheless lol
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29 Jul 2013   #7
Kari

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As the opening parenthesis is not enough for command interpreter to understand what you want to do, it asks what should come after it.

It has most definitely nothing to do with MORE command.

An easy test for you to see it yourself:
  • Type ( on command prompt, press Enter
    • You will notice command is not understood, Windows asks more information
  • Type dir, press Enter
    • Command still incomplete, Windows asks more information
  • Type ), press Enter
    • Command complete, Windows will run it
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29 Jul 2013   #8
Anak

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Kari, that is a beautiful example on how the More? cmd is used.

Can I assume that if I see the "?" mark after other commands, the interpreter is asking for more input?
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29 Jul 2013   #9
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

As Kari said, it doesn't have anything to do with the More command which is separate. Here's an example of using the More command:



It causes output to be displayed a screen at a time by pausing and waiting for user interaction. Pressing the spacebar will display the next screen, pressing Return will display the next line.
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29 Jul 2013   #10
Anak

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That was what I originally thought, Thanks Kari, and strollin'
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