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I have a directory called C:\Program Files\RXServer\RXServer6\Cache and in that cache dir we get upwards of 100000 files. I want a script that will purge *.tpj files older the 30 days. I downloaded a script and installed it but it gives an error of

C:\WINDOWS\Scripts\purgefilescript.vbs(46, 29) Microsoft VBScript compilation er
ror: Cannot use parentheses when calling a Sub

Any info on the error or a script that will work would be apperciated.

Chip

PurgeFile.Bat

echo off

set pgmpath="c:\Windows\Scripts"
 

REM This batch file is used to purge files in a specified directory

REM that are over a given age. The arguments to this batch file are:
 

REM %1 = The path to the directory containing the files to be purged.
 

REM %2 = The pattern of the files to be selected within the directory.

REM The pattern may contain wild cards as needed.
 

REM %3 = The name of the file that this batch file will create to contain

REM the list of candidate files.
 

REM %4 = The age above which files should be purged. This argument is not

REM used directly in the batch file, but is passed to the VB script

REM called to perform the tests and actual purge.
 

set fpath=%1\%2

dir %fpath% > %1\%3 /B /A:-D-S
 

cscript %pgmpath%\purgefilescript.vbs %1 %3 %4

------------------------------- below is another script--

purgefilescript.vbs
 

'This script is used to purge files over a specified age in days.

'It uses a file containing a list of candidate files as input.

'The arguments to this script are:

' (0) the path to the directory to be checked and purged.

' No files are specified here, just the directory

' (1) the name of the file containing the candidate list of files.

' Must be in the above directory

' (2) the age in days above which files should be purged.

'

'To execute this script, use a command line entry like:

' cscript PurgeFiles.vbs "c:\My Directory\My Subdirectory"

'Dirfile.txt 7

'

'This will purge all files older than seven days with an entry in

'Dirfile.txt from c:\My Directory\My Subdirectory

Dim fso, f, path, candidates, cpath, fpath, retstring

Const ForReading = 1
 

Set objArgs = Wscript.Arguments 'Prepare to parse the arguments

path = objArgs(0) 'This is the path without the file names

candidates= objArgs(1) 'This is the name of the candidate list file.
 

'Any file older than age days old will be purged.

'The argument must be converted to integer.

age = CInt(objArgs(2))
 

cpath = path & "\" & candidates
 

Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

Set f = fso.OpenTextFile(cpath, ForReading)
 

Wscript.Echo "Processing files in " & cpath
 

Do While f.AtEndOfStream <> True

   retstring = f.ReadLine

   fpath = path & "\" & retstring

   Set f2 = fso.GetFile(fpath)
 

   'Extract the file's creation date-time

   dcr = f2.DateCreated
 

   'Look for the first space in the creation date string

   i = InStr(1,dcr," ")
 

   'Extract just the date from the date-time string

   dcr = left(dcr, i-1)
 

   'Calculate the number of days between today and the create date

   d = datediff("d", dcr, Date)
 

   'Compare age and file name

   If (d > age) and (retstring <> candidates) then

   Wscript.Echo "Deleting " & retstring & " which is " & d & " days old."

   'Remove the comment quote from the following line to really delete.

   fso.DeleteFile(fpath, true) 'True means force the delete if read only.

   End If

Loop
 

f.Close

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Here's the code. I've disabled the processing. You can enable it by removing the echo from the set debug line as the comment explains.
@echo off
 

setlocal
 

REM ** To enable the code remove echo from the following line. Like: set debug=

set debug=echo
 

set workDir=C:\Program Files\RXServer\RXServer6\Cache

set fileMask=*.tpj
 

call :GETDATEPARTS "%date%"

call :SUBTRACTDAYS 30
 

set cutOff=%yy%%mm%%dd%
 

pushd "%workDir%"
 

for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('dir /b /a-d "%fileMask%" 2^>NUL') DO call :PROCESS "%%a" %%~ta
 

popd

     

goto :EOF
 

:PROCESS
 

call :GETDATEPARTS %~2
 

if /i "%yy%%mm%%dd%" GTR "%cutOff%" goto :EOF
 

%debug%  del "%~1"
 

goto :EOF
 

:GETDATEPARTS
 

set dt=%~1

set tok=1-3
 

if "%dt:~0,1%" GTR "9" set tok=2-4
 

set yyyy=
 

for /f "tokens=%tok% delims=.:/-, " %%a in ('echo %~1') do (

  for /f "skip=1 tokens=2-4 delims=/-,()." %%x in ('echo.^|date') do set %%x=%%a&set %%y=%%b&set %%z=%%c

)
 

if not "%yyyy%"=="" set yy=%yyyy%
 

if 1%yy% LSS 1000 (if %yy% LSS 70 (set yy=20%yy%) else (set yy=19%yy%))

if 1%mm% LSS 100 set mm=0%mm%

if 1%dd% LSS 100 set dd=0%dd%
 

goto :EOF
 

:SUBTRACTDAYS
 

set dayCnt=%1
 

if "%dayCnt%"=="" set dayCnt=1
 

REM Substract your days here

set /A dd=1%dd% - 100 - %dayCnt%

set /A mm=1%mm% - 100
 

:CHKDAY
 

if /I %dd% GTR 0 goto DONESUBTRACT
 

set /A mm=%mm% - 1
 

if /I %mm% GTR 0 goto ADJUSTDAY
 

set /A mm=12

set /A yy=%yy% - 1
 

:ADJUSTDAY
 

if %mm%==1 goto SET31

if %mm%==2 goto LEAPCHK

if %mm%==3 goto SET31

if %mm%==4 goto SET30

if %mm%==5 goto SET31

if %mm%==6 goto SET30

if %mm%==7 goto SET31

if %mm%==8 goto SET31

if %mm%==9 goto SET30

if %mm%==10 goto SET31

if %mm%==11 goto SET30

REM ** Month 12 falls through
 

:SET31
 

set /A dd=31 + %dd%
 

goto CHKDAY
 

:SET30
 

set /A dd=30 + %dd%
 

goto CHKDAY
 

:LEAPCHK
 

set /A tt=%yy% %% 4
 

if not %tt%==0 goto SET28
 

set /A tt=%yy% %% 100
 

if not %tt%==0 goto SET29
 

set /A tt=%yy% %% 400
 

if %tt%==0 goto SET29
 

:SET28
 

set /A dd=28 + %dd%
 

goto CHKDAY
 

:SET29
 

set /A dd=29 + %dd%
 

goto CHKDAY
 

:DONESUBTRACT
 

if /I %mm% LSS 10 set mm=0%mm%

if /I %dd% LSS 10 set dd=0%dd%
 

goto :EOF

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by:OSXFreak
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I took your scripting, and BTW thanks for all that hard work Sheesh... Anyhow I took the script and deleted the echo from the script, then saved it from textpad to the name of purge.vbs. I then dropped in to c:\program files\rxlaser\rxserver6
then I went int to CMD and change dir to c:\program files\rxlaser\rxserver6  then once there I typed in purge.vbs and got an error.
The first line had an error so I removed the @ and then it processed on and stopped at the set debug =
below is that portion.. the error pop up says,
script: c:\Program files\RxLaser\RxServer6\purge.vbsLine: 6
Char : 11
Error: Syntax Error
Code: 800A03EA
Source: Microsoft VBScript compilation error

So not sure what next as I'm so GREEN on this kind of things.

Thanks
Chip
echo off

 

setlocal

 

REM ** To enable the code remove echo from the following line. Like: set debug=

set debug=

 

set workDir=C:\Program Files\RXServer\RXServer6\Cache

set fileMask=*.tpj

 

call :GETDATEPARTS "%date%"

call :SUBTRACTDAYS 30

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by:SteveGTR
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My code is not VBS. Save it as .bat or .cmd.
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by:OSXFreak
ID: 31411816
Thanks for the Script, once you told me it was bat I was perfectly fine worked like a charm.
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