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Can somebody help me setup a way to automatically search a specific folder on my server for a .txt file containing "Z-"?  I would like to search for a Z- each evening at a given time.  I am by no means a computer guru.  I was thinking of adding search.exe to my Task Scheduler but that will not execute a specific search in a specific directory.  Any help is greatly  appreciated.  I am running Windows XP Pro on my desktop and Windows SBS 2003 on my server.  
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by:oldPCguy
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From a command line ...
To find the text you can use FIND "Z-" c:\<path you want to search in>
To run this search from scheduler you can use cmd.exe /K FIND "Z-" c:\<path you want to search in>
or create a batch file that will do some type of action based on the result
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by:calwood28
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In the task scheduler I pasted:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe /K FIND "Z-" <B:\MV Machine Files\KOMO FILES>

I also tried:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe /K FIND "Z-" B:\MV Machine Files\KOMO FILES
but the command prompt read:
File not found-B:MV
File not found-MACHINE
File not found-FILES\KOMO
File not found-FILES

I am sure that there is a file in that directory with a Z- in it.  When the task runs I see the command prompt briefly popup and then disappear.  Any suggestions?
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by:oldPCguy
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Since you have spaces in the folder names you will need to put quotes around your path name ...
ie: C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe /K FIND "Z-" "B:\MV Machine Files\KOMO FILES\"
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by:calwood28
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I want to make sure I am understanding.  If I paste:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe /K FIND "Z-" "B:\MV Machine Files\KOMO FILES\"
this will look for a Z- in any text files in the directory "B:\MV Machine Files\KOMO FILES\"
??
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You will need to specify what files you want find to look at - *.*
So the actual command is ....
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe /K FIND "Z-" "B:\MV Machine Files\KOMO FILES\*.*"

The cmd window will remain open (thats what the /K is for) with a list of the files that contained Z- and whatever the line of text was that had the Z- in it.
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by:calwood28
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That works great.  Thanks soooo much!
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