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.BAT File  -is DOS Smart enough to  INCREMENT Filenames?!?

Posted on 1998-09-05
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I would like to create a bat file that would look inside a directory and pkzip all *.txt files into a zip file called file1.zip.  
However if a pkzip file with that name already exists i want the pkzip file name to increment by 1; so in this case it would be file2.zip.

Is DOS smart enough to know how to do this?
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Question by:aniston
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by:thresher_shark
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I wouldn't count on it :-)  Perhaps you could do it in QBasic?
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by:aniston
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I remember doing QBasic some 15 years ago so i have no idea how to even begin.
If it is possible in Qbasic could you provide the code on how it can seamlessly work with DOS through a bat file (or any file that dos can run -- like a bat file or exe).

Thanks
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by:semontgomery
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Aniston,

The following is crude, but it works.

@echo off
c:
cd\
dir *.txt /s/v/b/on > list
if not exist file1.zip goto noone
for %%c in (1 2 3 4 5 6) do if exist file%%c.zip goto %%c
rem if not exist file2.zip goto 2
rem if not exist file3.zip goto 3
rem if not exist file4.zip goto 4
rem if not exist file5.zip goto 5
:noone
d:pkzip -p file1.zip @list
goto end
:1
d:pkzip -p file2.zip @list
goto end
:2
d:pkzip -p file3.zip @list
goto end
:3
d:pkzip -p file4.zip @list
goto end
:4
d:pkzip -p file5.zip @list
goto end
:5
d:pkzip -p file6.zip @list
goto end
:6
d:pkzip -p file7.zip @list
goto end
:end
del list

I use this to backup all the txt files on my harddrive.  I generally only keep three of the previous zip files, but I took it to 6 just in case I forgot to delete them for a while.  I had to use this method because MS-DOS cannot do a concatenated math function within an IF statement.
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mark2150 earned 50 total points
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Shorter version: You can also do it where the most current file is always FILE1.

@ECHO OFF
IF EXIST FILE5.ZIP DEL FILE5.ZIP
IF EXIST FILE4.ZIP RENAME FILE4.ZIP FILE5.*
IF EXIST FILE3.ZIP RENAME FILE3.ZIP FILE4.*
IF EXIST FILE2.ZIP RENAME FILE2.ZIP FILE3.*
IF EXIST FILE1.ZIP RENAME FILE1.ZIP FILE2.*
PKZIP -r -P FILE1 *.TXT

This will keep the most recent five files on hand and the latest is always FILE1 You can easily expand this logic to however many files you want.

semontgomery is correct, DOS can't do math w/o help.

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by:thresher_shark
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Either of those batch files look good to me, as long as you don't need unlimited levels of files.
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