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DOS Batch - Find text throught multiple files of same name

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Hi there,

I'd like to use a DOS Batch file to do the following...

Search Z:\ (All subdirectories)
for all files named, "appconfig.txt"

If appconfig.txt contains, <dependencylist>
whereas each appconfig.txt file may contain many instances of "<dependencylist>"

then write to output file,

C:\temp\appconfigoutput.txt

Full directory path
full text from line containing "<Dependencylist>"

Hope I was clear in what I'm looking to do.  If not, please ask me to elaborate.  This is probably a simple thing to do... I just don't recall how to do it.  

Winver is 5.1.2600 / 5.2.3790


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Question by:Paraleptropy
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by:Shift-3
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Paste the script below into a text file with a .cmd extension.  Running it will write results to the file output.txt.


@echo off
setlocal
 
set root=z:
set name=appconfig.txt
set string=^<dependencylist^>
set log=output.txt
 
for /F "tokens=*" %%G in ('dir "%root%\%name%" /A:-D /B /S') do (
 for /F "tokens=*" %%H in ('findstr /I /C:"%string%" %%G') do (
  echo %%G>>"%log%"
  echo %%H>>"%log%"
  echo.>>"%log%"
 )
)

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by:Paraleptropy
ID: 22790914
This doesn't seem to work for me.  Kinda just looks like it's hanging and never creates the "output.txt" file.

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by:Shift-3
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How big are the text files?
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by:Paraleptropy
ID: 22792366
Text files are small... 1k or so...  Might be over a thousand of them though.  :)

Anyway to output so I can see what's going?

Thanks again.
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by:Shift-3
ID: 22796390
Oops, I missed a pair of quotation marks.  This version should work better.

If not, REM out the @echo off on the first line.  That will let you see where it's getting hung up.


@echo off
setlocal
 
set root=z:
set name=appconfig.txt
set string=^<dependencylist^>
set log=output.txt
 
for /F "tokens=*" %%G in ('dir "%root%\%name%" /A:-D /B /S') do (
 for /F "tokens=*" %%H in ('findstr /I /C:"%string%" "%%G"') do (
  echo %%G>>"%log%"
  echo %%H>>"%log%"
  echo.>>"%log%"
 )
)

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by:Paraleptropy
ID: 22796577
This is the output I receive:

There doesn't seem to be any change in the actual output being generated.  "Output.txt" is never created.  

C:\temp>for /F "tokens=*" %G in ('dir "z:\appconfig.txt" /A:-D /B /S') do (for /F "tokens=*" %H in ('findstr /I /C:"<dependencylist>" "%G"') do (
echo %G 1>>"output.txt"
 echo %H 1>>"output.txt"
 echo.1>>"output.txt"
) )
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by:Paraleptropy
ID: 22796794
Ok... scratch my last comment...  I let it run on another machine for a while and it finally kicked off and completed.

The only issue is that it only returns the frist value of "<dependencylist>".  Each file might contain 10 lines with that value.  I need the script to return all lines containing that value.

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Shift-3 earned 300 total points
ID: 22803807
I'm unable to duplicate your result.  It returns all lines containing <dependencylist> in each file for me.  Is the problem that each one is prefaced by the filename individually?

Here's a version which groups the lines under a single filename heading.


@echo off
setlocal
 
set root=z:
set name=appconfig.txt
set string=^<dependencylist^>
set log=output.txt
 
for /F "tokens=*" %%G in ('dir "%root%\%name%" /A:-D /B /S') do (
 echo %%G>>"%log%"
 for /F "tokens=*" %%H in ('findstr /I /C:"%string%" "%%G"') do (
  echo %%H>>"%log%"
 )
)

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by:Paraleptropy
ID: 31508881
I ran the latest version of this batch file and have to say, Great work.  This did exactly what I was looking for.

Thanks a bunch.
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