How to Dynamically Build a .bat file

1)Here is my file:

login 'Essbase Admin' 'essbase1';

export database Alloc.Alloc data to data_file 'C:\EssbaseBackup\Monday\Export\Alloc.txt';


2)The 'login' and 'exit' lines are static.

3) The lines in between need to be dynamic.  For instance I need a way to go out to a location which is another file named 'databases.txt'.  This file would contain the following lines and these lines could change every day:


4) I need the script to build my file in Step 1 to include 2 lines total. One for the Alloc.Alloc and one for the isgit.isgit.  It needs to ignore adding a line when the line in the file in Step 3 begins with 'z_'

5) The end result file would be:

login 'Essbase Admin' 'essbase1';
export database Alloc.Alloc data to data_file 'C:\EssbaseBackup\Monday\Export\Alloc.txt';
export database isgit.isgit data to data_file 'C:\EssbaseBackup\Monday\Export\isgit.txt';

6) Then save this .bat file using same name as before.


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As I said before, install UnxUtils to your Windows from here add to your PATH
and then convert like this:

gawk -F. -f convert.awk file.txt

where file.txt:

convert.awk is:
print "login 'Essbase Admin' 'essbase1';"
print "export database " $1 FS $2 " data to data_file 'C:\\EssBaseBackup\\Monday\\Export\\" $1 ".txt;'"
END{print "exit;"}

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So, this simple 2 line batch file will almost do exactly what you want...

login 'Essbase Admin' 'essbase1';
for /f %1 in (databases.txt) do export database %1 data to data_file 'C:\EssbaseBackup\Monday\Export\%1.txt';


1) The output files will be named "Alloc.Alloc.txt" instead of "Alloc.txt" etc. This might be ok for your application.

2) It will not ignore the "Z_" line, which again might be ok in your application, depending on what the EXPORT command does when passed an invalid name.

Both #1 and/or #2 can be fixed with a bit more work. Let me know if you need to see how.
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