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I created 70 folders for our properties but now face the daunting task of creating about 700 subfolders, one for each of our tenants.  I have a naming convention for each of these folders that I can pull from Filemaker - I just combine the PropCode and TenantCode fields to name the folder.  Is there a way to write a batch or VB script that will create these 700 subfolders?  Thank you.
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by:RobSampson
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Hi, this depends on the format of your list.  You would need a way to determine what folder is to be created where.  Could you elaborate on how you obtain the folder names, and whether you can determine which property folder to put them in?

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Rob.
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Yes, the naming structure is based on what I said above:  each tenant's folder is a combination of two fields in Filemaker:  PropCode and UnitCode, e.g., AB01.  Each tenant folder is within the property's folder which is a combo of 3 fields in Filemaker, e.g., AB400680.  All of these will be located in a TNTINFO folder on the R drive, thus a full file path for one tenant is
R:\TNTINFO\AB400680\AB01

Thanks so much for your help.
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by:Bill Prew
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So, can you export a space or comma delimited text file from Filemaker that looks like:

AB400680,AB01

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Sure.
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Okay, export in that format (comma delimited) and save as a TXT file.  Use the following BAT file to make the directories.  Change the SET for the location of the TXT file as needed.

@echo off
set BaseDir=R:\TNTINFO
set DirList=C:\dirlist.txt
for /F "tokens=1,2 delims=," %%A in (%DirList%) do md "%BaseDir%\%%A\%%B"

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by:rvfowler2
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In fact, here's the file.
TNTFilePath.csv
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by:RobSampson
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Bill's code looks like it will do the job. Do you want a VBS version of it?

Rob.
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Sure, I am somewhat familiar with VBS, just not DOS.
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by:Bill Prew
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Easier to do from DOS though, since it will create any needed directories along the path, where VBS won't.  There are routines that do that, I'm sure Rob will whip up something, but in this case DOS does a little of that extra work for you.  Since you didn't express a preference in the question I went with the one that seemed the simplest and easiest fit.

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Bill, You rock.  It worked.  Saved me about an hour.
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Great, glad that BAT script got the job done, thanks.

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