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1A - Thanks
According to the hellp [sic] copy file, it shouldn't matter which
side of the filename the /a switch is on viz:
"/A Indicates an ASCII text file. When the /A switch
precedes the list of filenames on the command line,
it applies to all files whose names follow the /A
switch, until COPY encounters a /B switch, in which
case the /B switch applies to the file whose name
precedes the /B switch."
But it does matter.
copy /a file1 file2 /b file2 contains 1A eof character
copy file1 /a file2 /b file2 does not contain 1A
Thanks Annie and Robert for pointing out the proper syntax.
And thanks Robert for the bogus file trick - it overcomes the
overwrite prompt of the copy command - neat.