File increment in batch file

Posted on 2006-04-20
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Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I'm looking into a batch file for a file backup.  It's pretty straight forward, but I know nothing about batch files beyond the basics.

Basically every night I will have a file created called pos.dat

What I'd like to do is increment all previous files by one before placing the dat file while keeping only 100 dat files

      Delete previous pos100.dat
      rename pos99.dat to pos100.dat
      rename pos98.dat to pos99.dat
      rename pos97.dat to pos98.dat
      rename pos01.dat to pos02.dat
      rename previous days pos.dat pos01.dat
      create new pos.dat

I know I can do this with a 100+ line batch file, but I did't know if there was a better way to do this with variables.

Thanks for your help!

Question by:RyanMielke
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Harisha M G earned 400 total points
ID: 16502566
Hi, it would be better if you have pos1 instead of pos01

Assuming that you change it, here is a code which does it:

Put this in a file, and name it as something.bat


DEL pos100.bat
FOR /l %%i IN (99,-1,1) DO (
  SET /a j=%%i+1
  REN pos%%i.bat pos!j!.bat

You now need to create the new file manually


Author Comment

ID: 16502665

The only reason I was looking at pos01 instead of pos1 was to keep it clean if we were looking at a directory listing, but that's fine.

Thanks for your help!

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by:Harisha M G
ID: 16502699
Glad I could help :)

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