Using Batch File to Move a File

Posted on 2004-11-01
Last Modified: 2008-03-04
I have a program that ftps a file from one server to another. If this fails it gives an error code of 1. I have written the folllowing batch to handle this so that if it is successful it moves the file to the done folder. If not, it appends text to an error log and leaves the file where it is. The code is:

IF ERRORLEVEL 1 echo ErrorSendingFile %DATE:~10,4%%DATE:~7,2%%DATE:~4,2% >> d:\orders\orders.txt ELSE MOVE d:\orders\*.txt d:\orders\done

The only other output from the FTP is an error code of 0 which occurs if the transfer is successful.

Can anyone correct where I am going wrong as it doesn't sppear to work. Could do with a quick answer to this one if possible so am allocating 300 points for it :o)

Many thanks
Question by:rabelle
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    Expert Comment

    Haven't done it this way fo a while but HELP IF at a command line gives some info about the syntax (Win XP).

    Brackets around the "Echo" command might be needed.

    IF ERRORLEVEL 1 (echo ErrorSendingFile %DATE:~10,4%%DATE:~7,2%%DATE:~4,2% >> d:\orders\orders.txt ) ELSE MOVE d:\orders\*.txt d:\orders\done

    Info from HELP IF copied below:

    The ELSE clause must occur on the same line as the command after the IF.  For

        IF EXIST filename. (
            del filename.
        ) ELSE (
            echo filename. missing.

    The following would NOT work because the del command needs to be terminated
    by a newline:

        IF EXIST filename. del filename. ELSE echo filename. missing

    Nor would the following work, since the ELSE command must be on the same line
    as the end of the IF command:

        IF EXIST filename. del filename.
        ELSE echo filename. missing

    The following would work if you want it all on one line:

        IF EXIST filename. (del filename.) ELSE echo filename. missing



    Author Comment

    Whilst I can see now idea why it shouldn't work unfortunately it didn't. In the end we have used the following - this way if it worked, an errorlevel 0 would run MOVEFILE then GOTO END - and errorlevel of 1+ would skip MOVEFILE and write to the logfile:

    IF errorlevel 1 GOTO RPTERROR
    IF errorlevel 2 GOTO RPTERROR
    IF errorlevel 3 GOTO RPTERROR
    IF errorlevel 4 GOTO RPTERROR

    MOVE d:\orders\*.txt d:\orders\done

    echo ErrorSendingFile %DATE:~10,4%%DATE:~7,2%%DATE:~4,2% >> d:\orders\logfile.txt

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    Accepted Solution

    Hello :-)

    What you must remember here is that the program COULD return an errorlevel, other than 1 OR 0! What would happen then? You'd be screwed! :P

    Also, I THINK that you need to use a carriage return after the openning bracket in the IF/ELSE statements.

    So, try this:

    :// Run the program that returns the errorlevel here.

    IF ERRORLEVEL 1 echo ErrorSendingFile %DATE:~10,4%%DATE:~7,2%%DATE:~4,2% >> d:\orders\orders.txt  & goto :EOF
    IF ERRORLEVEL 0 MOVE d:\orders\*.txt d:\orders\done & goto :EOF

    :// Neither 0 or 1 were returned (as errorlevels).

    echo An unexpected errorlevel was returned: %err% >> d:\orders\orders.txt

    :// Output that the program has finished, or continue with another process ...

    I hope that helps :-)
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    Expert Comment

    Just a point of clarification. Here's the help on ERRORLEVEL (located in the if /? help):

      ERRORLEVEL number Specifies a true condition if the last program run
                        returned an exit code equal to or greater than the number

    IF ERRORLEVEL 1 will be true if the ERRORLEVEL >= 1. That's why it's important to test the ERRORLEVEL's in descending order and to branch out of the logic (with goto) like DrWarezz outlined:


    Good Luck,

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the tips and advice. We've modified our script and added some error handling based on your notes for the errorlevel and it now seems to work fine.

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    Expert Comment

    :-) ThanQ Rabelle.

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