Robocopy only files with no extension?

I need to move only files with specified extensions from one drive to another while preserving tree structure.  No problem, I know how to do that with Robocopy.

But I also need to move only files that have no extension.  I can't figure out how to specify files with no extension.  I've tried every combination of include *. and exclude *.*  in the robocopy command line that I can think of, but haven't found a way to copy ONLY files with no extension.

This despite the fact that the command
dir *.
very nicely lists only files without extensions.

I'm trying to reduce the size of a data collection, presently at 600GB and 2.2 million files by moving out file types I don't need to index, because my indexing tool (x1) is grinding to a halt at about 1.2 million files.

If this can't be done with robocopy, I'd appreciate pointers to a utility which can.  I'd also be open to a utility which could rename all files without extensions from *. to *.noext and could do so all the way thru a huge directory tree.  

Thanks!

Frank
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BigBadWolf_000Connect With a Mentor Commented:
The script below will process and rename files with no extensions to *.noext (in subdirectories as well)
Save in notepad as filename.bat
Change the D:\zzz to your root folder or drive
Once done you can use robocopy

@echo off
set SourceFolder=D:\zzz
for /f "delims=" %%a in ('dir /a:-d /b /s "%SourceFolder%\*."') do ren "%%a" "%%~na.noext"

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Wayne BarronCommented:
Found this (Untested)
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https://www.computing.net/answers/unix/find-file-with-no-extension/2810.html
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find mydir -type f ! -name "*.*"
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This will find the files (Have not tested it)

If this works, you will just need to find a way to implement it into a move function.
I am not sure if Robocopy can do this.

Carrzkiss
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fdenmanAuthor Commented:
This looks like a unix command.  I don't see the -type switch available for the Windows find command.
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Wayne BarronCommented:
I cannot seem to find anything on it.
Sorry that I was unable to help more.

Carrzkiss
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dbruntonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Very interesting.  Just been playing with robocopy.  Yes it does not work as it should.

Try Ztree http://www.ztree.com/

You can see all of the files in a directory tree with this - not just the folder - and it will show all of the files that have no extension.  You can filter the files you want to see.  It does understand *.

You could use Ztree to do all of the copying for you - Ztree can take the folders across for you - or you could get it to mark the files with no extension with an extension such as zzzzzzzz.  Get robocopy to copy it across and then at the other end use Ztree to remove the zzzzzzz extension.
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fdenmanAuthor Commented:
I think Drs. Brunton & Wolf have each offered an excellent solution.  I plan to split the points as soon as I can confirm that these work as expected.  I have left Dr Wolf's bat file running overnight on my tree with 2.2 million files.  I'm hoping it will be finished when I wake up.

Does anybody have a feel for the relative speed of ZTree versus Dr Wolf's bat file?

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dbruntonCommented:
That's hard to say.

Ztree can handle millions of files.  As the website says memory is the only problem.  Dr Wolf's solution can be set to run and walk away.  

With ZTree you'll have to wait until it loads all of the files and that may take time.  On my system it takes about 30 seconds to load 100,000 files.  Your system may differ.  There's a 30 day evaluation version to try out.  Once it's loaded it's easy enough to filter the files and apply.
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althakarCommented:
just give extension name to it.. transfer the file and rename it back to previous one
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t0t0Commented:
You can test for files without extensions using %%~x as in the following example (this merely displays the filenames on the screen):

for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('dir /a-d /b *.*') do (
    if "%%~xa"=="" echo %%~na
)
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t0t0Connect With a Mentor Commented:
if you want to give those files an extension say '.EXT. then you would do this in a batch file:

for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('dir /a-d /b *.*') do (
    if "%%~xa"=="" ren "%%a" "%%~na.EXT"
)


Or to just move them:

for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('dir /a-d /b *.*') do (
    if "%%~xa"=="" move "%%a" c:\windows\temp
)
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t0t0Commented:
If you want to rename AND move them say, to '.EXT', then you need this:

for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('dir /a-d /b *.*') do (
    if "%%~xa"=="" (
        ren "%%a" "%%~na.EXT"
        move "%%a.EXT" c:\windows\temp
    )
)


or you can do the whole thing in a single rename/move operation as in:

for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('dir /a-d /b *.*') do (
    if "%%~xa"=="" (
        move /y "%%a" "c:\windows\temp\%%~na.EXT"
    )
)
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fdenmanAuthor Commented:
I think Drs. Brunton & Wolf have each offered an excellent solution.  I plan to split the points as soon as I can confirm that these work as expected.  I have left Dr Wolf's bat file running overnight on my tree with 2.2 million files.  I'm hoping it will be finished when I wake up.

Does anybody have a feel for the relative speed of ZTree versus Dr Wolf's bat file?

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t0t0Commented:
If all you want to do is rename ALL file in the current directory and ALL sub-directories then the following command will do the job.

    for /f "tokens=*" %a in ('dir /a-d /b /s *.*') do @if "%~xa"=="" @ren "%a" "%~na.noext"
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t0t0Commented:
dbrunton

Nice to see ZTree get a mention.... I remember playing with XTree version 1.0 (Was written in French) when it first appeared.
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