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I am creating a batch file that create many sub folders. I need the user to have ability to enter in the root folder name. Any ideas?
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by:ntran80
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Sorry - I should expand my question.
The user would run my batch file as many time as neccessary to create the folder (with several pre define subfolders) When they click on the batch file, I like have a screen pop up for the user to name the folder.

Thanks in advances
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by:Qlemo
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set /P root=Which folder to start with? 

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should work. You can than refer to it with %root%.
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by:ntran80
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Can you write up the sample  command line? For example:
- lets say users click on the batch file, it prompts for the folder name, they type in "Tax Years"
- the batch file runs, it creates a folder name "Tax Years" then the following sub folders
2009
2010
etc...

Thank you.
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by:Qlemo
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Something lie this:
@echo off
set /P "root=Please type in the path where to create all folders in: "
for %%F in (2009 2010 etc) do md %root%\%%F

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We do not need to create the root folder, it is automatically created (if cmd.exe command extensions are on, which is the default).
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by:ntran80
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Actually - all folders will be create where the user run the batch file.
The user will be prompt to type in the folder name, not the path. The batch file will create the folder using user's input, then continue to create all sub folders (2009, 2010, etc...)

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by:johnb6767
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No disrepesct intended, but I am not sure I see the purpose of automating this? Seems llike this is actually more complicated than having someone create a folder by hand.....
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by:Qlemo
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I agree. As long as you do not have a big bunch of folders, or complete trees, the manual method is better.

You are not clear and logical in your demands. If you let them provide a folder name, where should that folder be created? You always need a path to start with, else the batch file will create the folder wherever it sees fit.
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by:ntran80
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The user will be creating folders on regular basics; I need to have it automated as much as possible.

Sorry – I will attempt to explain it again. Please see attached file.
See the root level named “Client Name A”? Under “Client Name A” there are sub folders with different years; under “year’s folders” there will more sub folders several levels deep.

User clicks on the batch file, let’s say they type in “Client Name B” the batch file would create root level folder name “Client Name B” then all the predefine sub folders. Hope this will help clarify little better.


 
 
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I assume the folders in the years' folders are the same. Then my batch works, slightly modified:
@echo off
set /P "root=Folder to create? "
for %%F in (2009 2010 etc) do ^
for %%G in (
   one\oneone
   two\twoone two\twotwo
   three
   four\fourone\next
   five
) do ^
md "C:\%root%\Year %%F\%%G"

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That again assumes you have not too much of folders to create, and no repetitive structure under the subfolders of years.
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Thanks
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by:ntran80
ID: 34468771
Qlemo:

Thanks again for adviced. The batch file worked great!
Here is mine final version (well sort of)

@echo off
set /P "root=Folder to create? "
for %%F in (2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2019 2020 PERM Planning_Advisory) do ^
for %%G in (
   Accounting_Services
   Audit
   Compilations
   Review
   Tax
   
) do ^
md "L:\%root%\%%F\%%G\"

Now I was asked to make a minor change to the batch file.
Under PERM and Planning_Advisory, is there anyway for the batch file NOT to create these subfolders
 Accounting_Services
 Audit
 Compilations
 Review
 Tax

Thanks in advances.

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by:Qlemo
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The obvious answer is: Just remove them from the first FOR. I assume you only want to create that two folders, no subfolders in them, then add another command at the end of the batch:
for %%F in (PERM Planning_Advisory) do md "L:\%root%\%%F"

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or put the corresponding mkdir commands there:
md "L:\%root%\PERM"
md "L:\%root%\Planning_Advisory"

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whatever you like more. If you put the command(s) at the end of the batch, they are NOT part of the for %%F loop (only the first MD is, because its line is prefixed with a caret, which says "continue on next line").

So, put together and using one of the above options:
@echo off

set /P "root=Folder to create? "

for %%F in (2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2019 2020) do ^

for %%G in (

   Accounting_Services

   Audit

   Compilations

   Review

   Tax

   

) do ^

md "L:\%root%\%%F\%%G\"



md "L:\%root%\PERM"

md "L:\%root%\Planning_Advisory"

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by:Qlemo
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Next improvement, since your years are consecutive:

@echo off

set /P "root=Folder to create? "

for /L %%F in (2006, 1, 2020) do ^

for %%G in (

   Accounting_Services

   Audit

   Compilations

   Review

   Tax

   

) do ^

md "L:\%root%\%%F\%%G\"



md "L:\%root%\PERM"

md "L:\%root%\Planning_Advisory"

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by:ntran80
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Qlemo:

Ahh...
You made this look easy.
Thank you so much for all your help!!!
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