Naming Windows .bat files

Whilst setting up a Elixir development environment I ran into a interesting problem.

I created a new .bat file in Windows 10 to start up Elixir’s Interactive Shell. The command I wanted to run was:

iex --werl

So I created a new Windows .bat file called iex.bat which contained this single command.


Unfortunately when I double clicked on the icon instead of seeing the Elixir Interactive Shell I saw that the command was continually looping:


Fortunately this Stackoverflow answer helped in identifying the problem. If you create a .bat file with the same name as the command you wish to run you will end up in a endless loop!

If this article has helped you, please take a moment to up vote the Stackoverflow answer.


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