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How can I script WinSCP to create a directory for the current date and then post files to that folder?

Posted on 2008-10-17
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We have a need to post files via WinSCP daily (approx 1,000-1,200 files).  How do we have WinSCP create a folder for the current date then put the files to that folder?

Here is what we are working from:

# Automatically answer all prompts negatively not to stall
# the script on errors
option batch on
# Disable overwrite confirmations that conflict with the previous
option confirm off
# open user:password@example.com
# Connect using a password
# Connect
open user:password@example.com
# Change remote directory      
cd /home/
# Force binary mode transfer
option transfer binary
# Upload current file to working directory
put *.xml
# Download file to the local server and place in SFTP2WIN directory
get *.xml SFTP2WIN\*.xml
# Disconnect
close
# Exit WinSCP
exit

Very simple and straight forward.  Put I need the batch of files put into a separate directory daily based on the date.

Many thanks for you help,

matt
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Question by:TX_SCUBA
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by:Shift-3
ID: 22745276
You can use a batch script to create a WinSCP script on the fly and then execute it.

Paste the script below into a text file with a .cmd extension.  Running it will generate and execute a script named example.txt with the specified commands.  If you would like to use a different date format than yyyymmdd or you use Regional Options other than English (United States), please specify the format and what output you get when you run echo %date% at the command prompt.


@echo off
setlocal
 
set folder=%date:~10,4%%date:~4,2%%date:~7,2%
set script=example.txt
 
if exist "%script%" del "%script%"
 
echo option batch on >> "%script%"
echo option confirm off >> "%script%"
echo open user:password@example.com >> "%script%"
echo cd /home/ >> "%script%"
echo mkdir %folder% >> "%script%"
cd %folder% >> "%script%"
echo option transfer binary >> "%script%"
echo put *.xml >> "%script%"
echo get *.xml SFTP2WIN\*.xml >> "%script%"
echo close >> "%script%"
echo exit >> "%script%"
 
winscp.exe /console /script="%script%"

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by:TX_SCUBA
ID: 22754262
Shift
The mkdir command or mk / md are not supported.  Any other ideas?

Thx,
matt
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Shift-3 earned 2000 total points
ID: 22754289
Hm, that ought to be pretty standard.  Are you sure there isn't a permissions issue?  

Can you create a directory in an interactive FTP session?  If so, what commands do you use?
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by:TX_SCUBA
ID: 22754491
Can only use a SFTP client to connect with.  I can create a folder using the GUI, by right clicking and selecting new directory.

Get unknown command with MK or MKDIR.

The CMD you wrote rocks!

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by:TX_SCUBA
ID: 22754548
Disregard...

It seems as though the sesson has bumped me back to the command line.

Working to see if the rest of the script works.

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by:TX_SCUBA
ID: 22754657
Ok now I am getting an Error code 14 and the directory is not being created on the server.

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by:TX_SCUBA
ID: 31507204
Worked like a charm once I removed the space at the end of the mkdir 20081919 line in the file and removed the folder that had already been created.

Many thanks Shift-3

matt
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