xp_cmdshell copy file and append date to name

Posted on 2003-10-28
Last Modified: 2007-12-19
I am trying to copy a file and append the date to the name - I do not want the time, date only - using the xp_cmdshell (unless there is a better way) - I cannot get the date concatentaion for the life of me?

declare @rc int, @varDate sysname
SET @varDate = getdate()
exec @rc = master..xp_cmdshell 'copy c:\test\test_error_log.txt c:\test\test_error_log_"+@varDate+".txt', no_output
select @rc
Question by:tbaseflug
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by:Scott Pletcher
ID: 9636178
Too many Open questions.

Author Comment

ID: 9636184
I know - I am making the effort today to go and close some of them out - have been out of town for the past few months and have not had chance for cleanup
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by:Scott Pletcher
ID: 9636232
In that case, maybe try something like this:

declare @rc int
SET @cmd = 'copy c:\test\test_error_log.txt c:\test\test_error_log_' +
      CONVERT(CHAR(8), GETDATE(), 112) + '.txt'
exec @rc = master..xp_cmdshell @cmd, NO_OUTPUT
select @rc

This will put the date in YYYYMMDD format; if you need another format, just let me know :-)
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Author Comment

ID: 9636245
wow - works great!  How would I format the date to something like:
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Scott Pletcher earned 125 total points
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Author Comment

ID: 9636342
Awesome!  Thanks!!!

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