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using xcopy, but excluding one directory

texasreddog
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I have a batch script where I want to xcopy the contents of my Y drive to my X drive, but I want to exclude Y:\FremontTCM, which is a directory with a bunch of subdirectories and files.  The following command:

xcopy  /e /exclude:y:\fremonttcm y:\* x:\*

does not work.  I know that the /exclude must have a filename to read from.  What do I need to do here to get this to work?
Thanks!

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Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer
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Hi texasreddog,

Almost right, you just need to add one backslash:
> xcopy  /e /exclude:y:\fremonttcm\ y:\* x:\*


Greetings,

LucF

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I tried running the command, and I get this.  It's still looking for a file.
By the way, both x:\ and y:\ are mapped network drives, if that is causing a problem.

C:\tcm>xcopy  /e /exclude:y:\fremonttcm\ y:\* x:\*
Can't read file: y:\fremonttcm\

0 File(s) copied
Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer
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ah... have you tried:

xcopy y:\* x:\* /e /exclude:y:\fremonttcm\

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I tried that, but no luck.  When I put

y:\fremonttcm\

into a text file called excludefremont.txt, then ran:

xcopy y:\* x:\* /e /exclude:excludefremont.txt

then that runs.  So apparently, the only way xcopy will work is to put the excludes into a text file.  You can't run it by specifying your excludes on the command line.  Correct me if I'm wrong.
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here's a good example:

http://www.ekho.com/Training_Videos/XCOPY_NOTES.pdf

you want to exclude a file which contains the files extensions that
you don't want:

xcopy drive_A_stuff  to_drive_B_stuff  /EXCLUDE:junk.txt

where junk.txt is:

.mp3
.zip
.etc...

(one extension per line)


Paul Blue

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also, the EXCLUDE .txt file must be in the same directory as the .bat file
if you are just using "/EXCLUDE:junk.txt"

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