recursive copy

Posted on 2003-11-12
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Have a question regarding a dos batch copy.  Say I have the following dir structure - a1\archive\a.txt, b1\archive\b.txt, ... , z1\archive\z.txt.  How can I write a batch that will essentially go through the list of directories, and copy the *.txt file one directory level up.  ie, copy a.txt from archive sub dir to a1\, copy b.txt from archive to \b1, etc...

Question by:pscuenco
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ID: 9736083
If your directory structure was really like that, you could use this:

You would type in: rcopy.bat a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 i1 j1 etc... z1

The batch file would contain:
@echo off
cd %1
copy archive\%1.txt ..
cd ..
cd %2
copy archive\%2.txt ..
cd ..
cd %3
copy archive\%3.txt ..
cd ..
cd %4
copy archive\%4.txt ..
cd ..
cd %5
copy archive\%5.txt ..
cd ..


cd %26
copy archive\%26.txt ..
cd ..
echo Done

The effect would be:





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Expert Comment

ID: 9738953
I'm afraid %26 will be interpreted as '%2' and '6' ...

Based on your requirements, I would try :

@echo off
for %%k in (a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z) do copy %%k1\archive\%%k.txt %%k1\%%k.txt

Expert Comment

ID: 9744195
I tried to figure out a for statement, but ended up not being able to. But that for statement should work.
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ID: 9822908
Xcopy /s will do subdirectories

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ID: 20818954
Just for reference this works
copy into a text file and rename <filename>.bat or .cmd if u like
Set the output directory to the directory that you want to output:

set outputdir=c:\test
if NOT exist %outputdir% mkdir %outputdir%
if exist copylist.txt rm copylist.txt

xcopy /S/L *.txt %outputdir% > copylist.txt
for /f "tokens=*" %%a in (copylist.txt) do copy %%a %outputdir%
rm copylist.txt

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