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I need a PURE DOS solution to rename files recursively based upon a mask:

*.config.*

Searching through the site I came across this code:

FOR /F "tokens=*" %A in ('dir /A:-D /S /B fid') DO REN "%A" fid.mrc

This works only if you need to rename one file recursively. I need to rename multiple files, in particular, files matching the above mask: *.config.*

I would also like to be able to add exclusions; for instance, .config, .xml, .dll. I would also like to be able to store the files renamed into a text file.

I need to add the extension .config to files matching this mask excluding files with extension .config, .xml, .dll, and so on. For example,

web.config            ------>    DO NOT RENAME   ---->   web.config
web.config.bak     ------>          RENAME           ---->   web.config.bak.config
web.config.7634   ------>          RENAME           ---->   web.config.7634.config
program.config.34 ------>          RENAME           ---->   program.config.34.config
program.config.dll  ------>    DO NOT RENAME   ---->   program.config.dll
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Question by:mastermindg89
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by:torimar
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Please check out this freeware utility: http://www.brothersoft.com/lupas-rename-download-61151.html

If it should be capable to do what you need done, you can have it generate a .BAT file for use in a DOS environment.

Hope this helps.
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by:mastermindg89
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I've tried Lupas and it is an impressive tool. However, it does not offer exclusions.

The mask *.config.* brings up all .config files and I don't want to rename these files just those with added extensions.
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by:devil_himself
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SCRIPT TEST

These Were The Files In Folder
==
web.config
web.config.bak
web.config.7634
program.config.34
program.config.dll
==

SCREEN OUTPUT OF SCRIPT
==
ren "C:\Source\program.config.34" "program.config.34.config"
ren "C:\Source\web.config.7634" "web.config.7634.config"
ren "C:\Source\web.config.bak" "web.config.bak.config"
==



@echo off

setlocal

set source=c:\source

set dest=c:\dest

set excludeExt=.config .xml .dll

pushd "%source%"

for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('dir "*.config.*" /A:-D /S /B ^|findstr /I /E /V "%excludeExt%"') do echo ren "%%a" "%%~nxa.config"

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by:mastermindg89
ID: 21791309
The script works great. It lacks only one thing. There may be some files renamed like this:

web.config2234
web.configconfig.test

The script doesn't rename these, more than likely because of the .config in the extension.
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by:devil_himself
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"web.config2234" is not included in mask --> *.config.*
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by:devil_himself
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*.config* will solve all your problems
@echo off

setlocal

set source=c:\source

set dest=c:\dest

set excludeExt=.config .xml .dll

pushd "%source%"

for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('dir "*.config*" /A:-D /S /B ^|findstr /I /E /V "%excludeExt%"') do echo ren "%%a" "%%~nxa.config"

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by:mastermindg89
ID: 21791378
I also altered the script to rename rather than print the rename commands. I need the files renamed as well as a list of the files renamed in a file.

so %dest% would be a text file and the script would do rename followed by an echo to the text file.
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@echo off

setlocal

set source=c:\source

set logfile=log.txt

set excludeExt=.config .xml .dll

pushd "%source%"

for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('dir "*.config*" /A:-D /S /B ^|findstr /I /E /V "%excludeExt%"') do ren "%%a" "%%~nxa.config" & echo "%%a" --^> "%%~nxa.config" >> %logfile%

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by:mastermindg89
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Thanks for all the help and your patience.
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by:mastermindg89
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Thanks again.
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