How to copy a directory and clear file contents ..

Posted on 2006-07-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Got a weird one for the gurus, I need an app or a way to clone a directory structure and have all the filenames intact, but the files to be empty or even 'corrupted' for want of a better word ... I could do it manually but it will be time consuming and want to know if there is an automated way of doing this.  


Question by:Capricorn180
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Expert Comment

ID: 17039889
This could be done programatically with almost any type of scripting language - which Operating System are you looking to do this on?

Author Comment

ID: 17039912
Thanks for the reply, I'm using windows xp sp2.

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usachrisk1983 earned 125 total points
ID: 17039960
Drop this into a VBS file, change the old and new folder, and test.  Defaults not to overwrite if file exists, and there's no real error checking, so you'll want to beef it up if you're going to use it in any type of production environment:

strFolder = "c:\NoNav2.49"
strNewFolder = "c:\test"

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder(strFolder)

on error resume next


Set colFiles = objFolder.Files

For Each objFile In colFiles


Sub ShowSubFolders(objFolder)
  Set colFolders = objFolder.SubFolders
  For Each objSubFolder In colFolders
    Set colFiles = objSubFolder.Files
    For Each objFile In colFiles
End Sub

Sub CreateNewDirectory(oldDirectory)
 newDirectory = Replace(lcase(oldDirectory), lcase(strFolder), strNewFolder)
 wscript.echo "Create Directory " & newDirectory
End Sub

Sub CreateEmptyFile(oldFile)
 newFile = Replace(lcase(oldFile), lcase(strFolder), strNewFolder)
 wscript.echo "Create New File " & newFile
 objFso.CreateTextFile newFile, false
End Sub

Credit to MSDN for the recursive directory search tips:

Author Comment

ID: 17040011

Well done, exactly what I was after .. points r urs !

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Expert Comment

ID: 17040017
Thanks, glad it worked!

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