|y, sorry again! a SPACE hitched a ride on the end of line 5 of my code, which i did not see until i cut/pasted it.|
use EDIT or NOTEPAD, got to line 5:
>> newfile.txt echo %%a
hit the END key and you will see the sneaky little b---tard sitting there, no doubt smirking at me. just use backspace, (then DEL and ENTER just for insurance) to remove him, and re-save the file.
highly embarassed about this, and again, apologies. it seems like the simplest operations sometimes give you the most fits.
(i will remove the space from my post as well, so if you want to start from scratch, it will be corrected)