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# Writing DIR output to CSV in consistant format

Posted on 2011-02-21
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Hey guys,

I have been assigned a very tedious task of comparing the directories of multiple workstations. The output needs to identify all the files in a directory and subdirectories and conduct a comparison of those files based on filename and modified date.

Essentially the plan is to produce a pivot table in Excel to list how many terminals have file A with this modified date, fle B, file C and so on.

The issue is getting the raw data into a format that I can easily manipulate into a pivot table. All I want is a file produced that lists each filepath omitting "\\%computername%\c$\%programfiles%" (Column A) and its modified date (Column B) with no other information output. Can someone lend me a hand.... all I have so far is: for /f %%a in (C:\Temp\PCList.txt) do ( dir /n /s /tw /od "\\%%a\c$\program files\adobe"
) >>dir.csv


Cheers
G_M
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ID: 34948072
Give this a try:

for /f %%A in (C:\Temp\PCList.txt) do (
for /R "\\%%A\c$\program files\adobe" %%B in (*.*) do ( echo "%%~B",%%~tB ) ) >>dir.csv  ~bp 0 Author Comment ID: 34948264 What output did you get for that? I am not getting anything... 0 LVL 53 Expert Comment ID: 34948475 Okay, sorry, a little trickier than I thought, but this seems to work. @echo off for /f %%A in (x:\_xfer\ee\ee26837658\PCList.txt) do call :DoDir "\\%%A\c$\program files\adobe"
exit /b
:DoDir [full-path]
for /R "%~1" %%B in (*.*) do echo "%%~B",%%~tB >>x:\_xfer\ee\ee26837658\dir.csv
exit /b

~bp
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ID: 34948585
Good stuff... we're making progress... but how do I get it to ignore "\\%computername%\c$\program files" when it is writing to the CSV? If each terminal has their UNC path at the start of the filepath then a pivot table will interpret them all as different files. Cheers G_M 0 LVL 38 Expert Comment ID: 34952385 I haven't had a chance to study this in any detail to consider this problem from scratch, and I can't test it on networked workstations from where I am, but the following variation of Bill Prew's batch file strips off the surrounding double-quotes in the path and strips off the: \\%computername%\c$
part of the path.  It still, however, leaves:
\program files\
at the start.

I'm sure that routed through an external "change string" type command would reduce the results to the way you want, or else a simple Find > Replace in Notepad after the event could be used to strip off the \Program Files\ part.

I'll look at this later with a fresh mind, but Bill Prew will probably have come up with a working revision by then.

@echo off

for /f %%A in (C:\PCList.txt) do call :DoDir "\\%%A\c$\program files\adobe" exit /b :DoDir [full-path] for /R "%~1" %%B in (*.*) do ( for /f "tokens=2 delims=^$" %%C in ("%%B") do (
echo %%C,%%~tB >>C:\dir.csv
)
)
exit /b

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ID: 34952988
Try this instead. Not sure if it will work for you, but worth testing anyway.  I sorted results by name, so change it to /od or /o-d if you wish to sort by date.

I tried this with "tokens=4*"
on the paths that are like this:
\\%computername%\c$\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat.com\Acrobat.com.exe My expectation was that the 4th \ delimited token would be "Adobe" and that the * would then just treat the rest of the string after that literally and add it to the redirected output. Perhaps Bill Prew can explain why the leading \\ and %computername% are ignored and "Adobe" is captured as the 3rd token in my final batch file. There is obviously some "escaping" going on there with the leading \\ Anyway, it seems to work for me. If you want the results double-quoted, just change to this: echo "!TruncPath!","!TimeDate!">>dir.csv I am not sure if the Times and dates reflect the "Last Modified" ones, but I hope so and I hope it works for your needs. @echo off SetLocal EnableDelayedExpansion if exist dir.csv del dir.csv > nul for /f %%A in (C:\PCList.txt) do ( for /f "tokens=3* delims=^\" %%B in ('dir /a-d /on /b /-c /s "\\%%A\c$\Program Files\Adobe\*.*"') do (
set TruncPath=%%C
set TimeDate=%%~tB
echo !TruncPath!,!TimeDate!>>dir.csv
)
)

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Bill Prew earned 500 total points
ID: 34954339
Okay, give this a try.

@echo off
setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion

for /f %%A in (x:\_xfer\ee\ee26837658\PCList.txt) do call :DoDir "\\%%A\c$\program files\adobe" "\\%%A\c$\program files\"
exit /b

:DoDir [full-path] [remove-string]
for /R "%~1" %%B in (*.*) do (
call :DoTrim "%%~B" "%~2"
echo "!Trim!",%%~tB >>x:\_xfer\ee\ee26837658\dir.csv
)
exit /b

:DoTrim [full-path] [remove-string]
set In=%~1
set Trim=!In:%~2=!
exit /b

~bp
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ID: 34956033
BillDL,

The first of you two scripts works, however, as you said does have "program files" in the filepath. The second of the two runs significantly faster and would be fantastic if it displayed the modified date. Unfortunately when I ran it it seems to write the same date for all the files (in my case 21/02/2011 03:01pm). I've had a look at the files and can pinpoint where it is pulling that information from.

If you could get that script working it would save significant time when processing a high quantity of PC's.

Billprew,

You script is a little slower than BillDL's second script, however, does everything I need it to. Thank you.
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ID: 34956056
*** My last post without all the errors***

BillDL,

The first of your two scripts works, however, as you said does have "program files" in the filepath. The second of the two runs significantly faster and would be fantastic if it displayed the modified date. Unfortunately when I ran it it seems to write the same date for all the files (in my case 21/02/2011 03:01pm). I've had a look at the files and cannot pinpoint where it is pulling that information from.

If you could get that script working it would save significant time when processing a high quantity of PC's.

Billprew,

Your script is a little slower than BillDL's second script, however, does everything I need it to. Thank you.
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Expert Comment

ID: 34959947
Hi G_M

Disregard that 2nd batch file that runs fast.  It is totally wrong and couldn't possibly gat the date.  It took me about 3 seconds with a fresh mind after a good sleep to see the glaring errors.  It seemed too good to be true, and Bill Prew is too much of a gentleman to shoot it down because he would rather I spot my own mistake.

The date that it was finding was the creation date of the "Program Files" folder, though I don't quite know why.
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ID: 34974711
No worries... thank you for the feedback.
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