Avoiding using hard-coded pathnames in scripts

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Another gem gained from my anonymous colleague is the use of the %0 environment variable (which returns the current command name in the same way as %1, %2, etc. return any arguments passed to the command) to avoid using hard coded paths in scripts. For example, %0\..\ refers to the directory in which the file is located, and can be used where a pathname is required, but the drive letter may vary, e.g. %0\..\scripts\ (where the scripts folder could be on any available drive, but always the same drive as the calling command).

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