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Hi, I'm trying to make a BAT file that will automate file management tasks on Windows XP. I would like to do the following:

1)      Check to see if a path exists
   a.      If fail, quit and throw a message box Did not connect
   b.      If success, continue
2)      Copy files from the network resource to the local machine
3)      Test to see if the files were successfully written to local machine
   a.      If fail, message box failed, try again
   b.      If success, message box Copy successful

I guess it will look something like this but I'm sure you'll recognize my VBAish looking if statements:

If { o:\data\files\copyme.mdb path exists } Then
   REM Copy file from O: to C:
   copy /Y o:\data\files\copyme.mdb c:\localdata\copyme.mdb
   copy /Y o:\data\files\copymeToo.mdb c:\localdata\copymeToo.mdb
Else
   Message Box O: Drive not connected
   Exit
End If

If {copy successful} Then
   Message Box Success
Else
   Message Box Copy failed, try again
End if

Exit

I'm a beginner so if I'm going about this the wrong way please let me know. Thanks.
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by:DanCh99
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Here's how to check the path:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Scripting/Shell/Batch/Q_23317031.html

and you can get info to the screen with the ECHO command.
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by:BradleyOnTheRoad
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OK, I took that example and changed it to

@echo off
setlocal
set dr_=C:\FolderDoesNotExist
 
if not exist "%dr_%" (echo Folder "%dr_%" not found goto :EOF)

The BAT file flashes the cmd screen for a second and then goes away. Why isn't there a message to tell me the folder doesn't exist?
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by:AmazingTech
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There's no pause. Opening from a command prompt will echo.

Try this.

@echo off

setlocal 

set dr_=C:\FolderDoesNotExist
 

if not exist "%dr_%" (echo Folder "%dr_%" not found & pause & goto :EOF)

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by:AmazingTech
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You'll need to find some thing the popup the message box.

NET SEND may work for you.
If exist "o:\data\files\copyme.mdb" (

   REM Copy file from O: to C:

   copy /Y o:\data\files\copyme.mdb c:\localdata\copyme.mdb

   If NOT ERRORLEVEL 1 (

       Message Box Successfully copied copyme.mdb

   ) Else (

       Message Box Failed copying copyme.mdb, try again

   )
 

   copy /Y o:\data\files\copymeToo.mdb c:\localdata\copymeToo.mdb

   If NOT ERRORLEVEL 1 (

       Message Box Successfully copied copymeToo.mdb

   ) Else (

       Message Box Failed copying copymeToo.mdb, try again

   )
 

) Else (

   Message Box O: Drive not connected

   GOTO :EOF

)

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by:robertodf
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Try this:
Let me know if you have any questions

save the following as soluition.cmd

:: Author: Robertodf
:: Batch file to copy files from network share or network drive to local folder
:: Filename: solution.cmd
::
:: 1. Check for network folder availability
if not exist \\server\share\file_or_directory goto notexist

:: 2. Copy folder contens to local machine
xcopy \\server\share\folder\*.* c:\localdir /s

:: 3. Test for local folder contents
if not exist c:\localdir\filename.tst goto errorlocal
echo Copy was successful
goto end

:notexist
echo File or Folder not exist
goto end

:errorlocal
echo Local File or Folder not exist, try again
goto end

:end
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Well if the batch flashes with out indicating success or failure we can change it like this (you will have to press a key after the message to continue)::

:: Author: Robertodf
:: Batch file to copy files from network share or network drive to local folder
:: Filename: solution.cmd
::
:: 1. Check for network folder availability
if not exist \\server\share\file_or_directory goto notexist

:: 2. Copy folder contens to local machine
xcopy \\server\share\folder\*.* c:\localdir /s

:: 3. Test for local folder contents
if not exist c:\localdir\filename.tst goto errorlocal
echo Copy was successful
pause>nul

goto end

:notexist
echo File or Folder not exist
pause>nul
goto end

:errorlocal
echo Local File or Folder not exist, try again
pause>nul
goto end

:end
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by:BradleyOnTheRoad
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Thanks, I see how the conditional statements - as well as the pause - works now.
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