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Posted on 2004-10-19
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Utilizing wzzip, how would I write a script that plugs a system datetime stamp on the zip file name?

For example,

"c:\Program Files\WinZip\WZZIP.EXE" c:\docs<datetime stamp>.zip c:\*.doc

would produce:

c:\docs10-19-2004 03:00.zip
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Question by:arichexe
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by:msice
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For this you will need a .vbs WSH script like so it will create the zip file for you.

'VBScript

DIM fso, NewsFile, oFS
  var = cSTR(now())
  var = replace(var, "/" , "-" )
  var = replace(var, ":" , "_" )
  var = replace(var, "  " , "~" )
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set NewsFile = fso.CreateTextFile("c:\docs"&var&".zip", True)
NewsFile.Close
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Lee W, MVP earned 1000 total points
ID: 12353644
No need to use VBscript - you can do the same in effectively one line of a batch script:

for /f "tokens=2,3,4 delims=/ " %%a in ('date /t') do for /f "tokens=1,2,3 delims=: " %%m in ('time /t') do set filename=MyFileName%%a-%%b-%%c %%m%%n%%o

Note:
%%a = Month
%%b = Day
%%c = Year
%%m = Hour
%%n = Minute
%%o = AM or PM

Note, you can't use a colon (:) in a filename.

The above script effectively sets the variable filename (%filename%) to a name using the date and time code you request (although not in 24 hour format).  

To use in conjuction with your script that zips things, you'd do this:

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for /f "tokens=2,3,4 delims=/ " %%a in ('date /t') do for /f "tokens=1,2,3 delims=: " %%m in ('time /t') do set filename=MyFileName%%a-%%b-%%c %%m%%n%%o
"c:\Program Files\WinZip\WZZIP.EXE" c:\%filename%.zip c:\*.doc
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