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I'd like to use eventcreate from a batch file to log the results of a file copy job (robocopy). What I'd really like to do is use the output of the file copy job as the description of the event (/D of createevent). The trouble is, there are multiple lines in the file copy output, and I've only been able to get one line into a local variable or a pipe command.

I've tried reading a local variable in from file, like

set /P myVar=<temp.txt

but it only gets the first line.

How can I write multiple lines to the description of an event from a batch file?

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Beware ^L (control-L or ASCII 12) is a formfeed character, ^J (control-I or ASCII 10) is a linefeed character. – user176308 Jun 3 '13 at 12:43
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You have to parse the log and and change and CRLF to just LF (ctrl-l).

Here is an example:

EVENTCREATE /T ERROR /ID 1000 /l application /d "This is text^L this is line 2"
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This doesn't work for me. It's all on one line in the event log with the ^L printed out literally. – Adam J.R. Erickson Apr 30 '10 at 21:14
hmm I tested this out on windows 7 what OS are you running this on? Did you type ctrl-l or ^L? – Jim B May 1 '10 at 3:13
I think I copied and pasted. Hitting Ctrl-l did the trick. How would I get that into a batch file, though? – Adam J.R. Erickson May 10 '10 at 21:27
Using just native tools it's challenging. The simplest way would be to use copy con to type the character into the file then use notepad to finish the batch file. – Jim B May 12 '10 at 13:35

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