DOS batch to  add prior date to filename on copy

Posted on 2010-11-17
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I need to create a dos batch file that will add the PRIOR date  to the filename.   I have automatic file loaded into a network folder.   The file overwrites itself each night.  I need to be able to copy the file to another network folder with the PRIOR date added to the files name.  

I can seem to get it right.  THANKS
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by:Steve Knight
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My article below gives some examples of how to get yesterdays date:

@echo off
echo wscript.echo year(date - 1) ^& right(100 + month(date-1),2) ^& right(100+day(date-1 ),2)  > "%temp%\dateparts.vbs"
for /f "tokens=1 delims=" %%a in ('cscript //nologo "%temp%\dateparts.vbs"') do set yesterday=%%a
echo Yesterday in YYYYMMDD was %yesterday%
copy c:\sourcedir\yourfile.txt D:\destdir\somefile-%yesterday%.txt

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ID: 34160158
To be consistent with the naming convention of the other files that have already been save need the date to be appended as    or the file would become
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Qlemo earned 166 total points
ID: 34160340
You can either format the string as needed in the VBS part (wscript.echo), or process the result. I'll show the latter:
@echo off
> "%temp%\dateparts.vbs" echo wscript.echo year(date - 1) ^& right(100 + month(date-1),2) ^& right(100+day(date-1 ),2) 
for /f "tokens=1 delims=" %%a in ('cscript //nologo "%temp%\dateparts.vbs"') do set yesterday=%%a
REM below transforms YYYYMMDD into
copy c:\sourcedir\yourfile.txt D:\destdir\somefile-%yesterday:~-2%.%yesterday:~-4,2%.%yesterday:~0,4%.txt

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Steve Knight earned 168 total points
ID: 34160384
If you want to amend the original file you can just re-order the dd mm and yyyy bits and add some dots in the wcript.echo or do as Qlemo has


@echo off
echo wscript.echo right(100+day(date-1 ),2) ^& "." ^& right(100 + month(date-1),2) ^& "." ^& year(date - 1) > "%temp%\dateparts.vbs"
for /f "tokens=1 delims=" %%a in ('cscript //nologo "%temp%\dateparts.vbs"') do set yesterday=%%a
echo Yesterday in DD.MM.YYYY was %yesterday%
copy c:\sourcedir\yourfile.txt D:\destdir\somefile-%yesterday%.txt
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by:Bill Prew
Bill Prew earned 166 total points
ID: 34161219
If you don't mind using a neat little free utility called DOFF, then the code can be pretty simple as chown.


@echo off
for /F "tokens=*" %%A in ('doff -1') do (
  copy "oldname.ext" "oldname_%%A.ext"

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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program.  See my comment at the end of the question for more details.

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