Using .GetLogDate acquired variable in a folder name

Posted on 2011-02-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I want to run a batch file that creates a folder that has as its name today's date and then to copy to that folder the contents of another directory.

I am apparently unable to retrieve the variable acquired from the command .GetLogDate.

My operating system is Windows 2003 Server SBS.

I have searched Experts-Exchange for an answer but the most help was in this thread:

    * Experts Exchange
    * OS
    * Microsoft OS
    * Windows OS
    * Windows 2000
    * Manipulating strings in a Windows 2000 batch file.

However, I had already visited the linked site and tried out what I found there, to no avail.

I am using this script:

md E:\Backup\%#LogDate%\V
robocopy D:\V E:\Backup\%#LogDate%\V /E  /W:2 /R:2

When I run the script a new directory 'V' is made in E:\Backup. The '%#LogDate%' is ignored. After the new directory is made, the robocopy command works fine and, again ignoring the '%#LogDate%' in the path, files are copied from D:\V to E:\Backup\V.

How can I set this variable and use it to name a folder?
Question by:Michael_Mulvaney
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Expert Comment

ID: 34970408
Why do you want to use GetLogDate???

A simple batch script will do it for you...
@echo off
Set BackupDir=E:\BACKUP

Set TheDate=%DATE%

md %BackupDir%\%TheDate%

xcopy D:\V\*.* %BackupDir%\%TheDate%\V /I

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Author Comment

ID: 34976969
Thanks for the reply

1) "Why do you want to use GetLogDate???"
Because I have seen a couple of posts on the internet refer to this site:

2) "A simple batch script will do it for you..."
I thought that I already had a simle batch script, albeit one that did not do as I wanted.

3) "xcopy D:\V\*.* %BackupDir%\%TheDate%\V /I"
Isn't robocopy superior to xcopy?
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Thommy earned 500 total points
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You need ntlib.cmd To use GetLogDate!!!

Have you already ordered it by e-mail????


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Author Comment

ID: 34989933
Oh, I see! So, it seems that this 'ntlib.cmd' somehow augments the number of commands natively available from the DOS library that is available from Windows. I had not picked that up when I was reading comments in other posts: thanks for clarifying that.

I have studied your original reply, thanks, and putting that with some posts that I have seen elsewhere I realise that the command to call the date is, as you wrote, '%Date%'. However, if I call the date using %Date%, the output is of the form 25/02/2011, for example. Which is the advantage of .GetLogDate, I suppose, as it does not output the delimiters.

I have so spend a little time, it seems, to add extra lines of code to remove the delimiters. I am studying how to do that and at the moment the best way forward seems to be using 'For' and 'Token'.

Thanks for pointing out that .GetLogDate is only available if I add this extra functionality to my DOS command set and for pointing out that the native command for calling the date in DOS is %Date%, although I have to format it to use it in a file name. I guess that if a system is set up to use dashes as delimiters, that problem does not arise. Maybe I should think about that as an option.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 34989953
The second post from the only person who replied told me why I could not use .GetLogDate unless I add ntlib.cmd - surely it would have been wirth mentioning in the beginning.
The script provided as an example suggested that I use XCopy instead of robocopy but that seems not a good idea.
Also, having pointed me in the direction of using %Date%, that fact that that there was no comment that this will not work if my system uses '/' as delimiters would seem to be a significant omission.
Anyway, the replies were helpful and when added with the information found elsewhere allowed me to move forward.
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Expert Comment

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To eliminate the delimiters an get the date in the format "YYYYMMDD" you can go as follows:

FOR /F "tokens=1,2,3 delims=/. " %%a in ('date /T') do set TheDate=%%c%%b%%a

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Expert Comment

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But keep in mind, the batch from my last post for retrieving the date depends on your system settings!!!

If you like i can also provide a more complicated batch script, which checks system settings in registry and thus always builds the correct date string independant of your system date format...
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By the way, thanks for the points...

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