Simple file copy login script based on time and date stamp

Posted on 2009-04-09
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi Experts.
Im looking for a simple login script that will copy one file from a unc share on a server to the users local program files directory based on the date and time stamp...
If the file in the share is newer than the one located in the users program files folder than the file is copied over...if it is the same date than the copy command is ignored.

Something like the code below works put i dont know how to do based on checking the date and time stamp.

Thanks for your advice :)
If exist \\server\share\file.txt goto copy
copy \\server\share\file.txt "c:\program files\vendor\app\file.txt"

Open in new window

Question by:MVDRUM
LVL 14

Expert Comment

ID: 24113887
what do you mean newer ?

date last modified ? access ? created ?
LVL 86

Accepted Solution

oBdA earned 2000 total points
ID: 24114448
Simply use xcopy with the /d switch; this will copy the file only if it's newer than the destination file.
Your script can be shortened a bit, too.
- always put quotes around paths, whether you need them at the moment or not, just to get used to it; they don't hurt if they're not needed.
- you should use "%ProgramFiles%" instead of hardcoding the program folder name
- No need for "exit" at the end of a batch script, it's just annoying if you're testing a script from the command line and have to re-open the command line all the time. If a batch script is started externally (as logon script, for example), the shell window simply closes when it's finished.

If exist "\\server\share\file.txt" xcopy "\\server\share\file.txt" "%ProgramFiles%\vendor\app\file.txt" /d

Open in new window


Author Closing Comment

ID: 31568818
Excellent adivice/answer oBdA !
Thanks for the explanations along with the answer !!
Muchly apreciated !
spot on !

Featured Post

Train for your Pen Testing Engineer Certification

Enroll today in this bundle of courses to gain experience in the logistics of pen testing, Linux fundamentals, vulnerability assessments, detecting live systems, and more! This series, valued at $3,000, is free for Premium members, Team Accounts, and Qualified Experts.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

This is pretty cool.  The purpose of this VB Script is to help you document where JAR (Java ARchive) files and specifically java class files are located so that you can address issues seen with a client or that you can speak intelligently with a dev…
Over the years I have built up my own little library of code snippets that I refer to when programming or writing a script.  Many of these have come from the web or adaptations from snippets I find on the Web.  Periodically I add to them when I come…
In this video I will demonstrate how to set up Nine, which I now consider the best alternative email app to Touchdown.
Watch the video to learn how one can deal with PST file corruption issue with an outstanding Kernel for Outlook PST Repair Tool easily. Using this tool, non-technical users can swiftly perform the repair process to restore their essential data witho…

597 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question