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calculate the seconds between the modification time of a file and the current time

Posted on 2011-03-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi i'm making a batch file to check the current time and the modification time of a file.
Then I want to extract the modification time of the current time, and this is less then 1 minute it needs to exit the program.

I think the code needs to be like this

if difference < 1 minute (
) else (
cd C:\wamp\bin\mysql\mysql5.5.8\bin\
mysqldump -u root test > Databases/test.sql
copy C:\wamp\bin\mysql\mysql5.5.8\bin\Databases\test.sql C:\Users\Maikel\Desktop\GITstage\PDFTool
cd C:\Users\Maikel\Desktop\GITstage\PDFTool
git add test.sql
git commit -m "Updating database"

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The code after the else is correct, but I don't know how I can calculate the difference between the modification time and the current time.
I know how i can check the modification time of "test.sql". It's done by this
@echo off
set "file=C:\Users\Maikel\Desktop\GITstage\PDFTool\test.sql"
for /d %%a in ("%file%") do echo %%~ta

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If somebody can help me out, I would appreciate it
Question by:Silencer001
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Expert Comment

by:Steve Knight
ID: 35205507
Have a look at this script of mine here:


This is for 20 mins, but change the 20 to 1...

On the way out shortly but if you want help making that work please ask

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Accepted Solution

Steve Knight earned 125 total points
ID: 35205526
Bit more:
@Echo off
for /f %%a in ('cscript //nologo checkfiletime.vbs test.sql') do set check=%%a
if not "%check%"=="OK" (
  echo File is now %check% minutes old
  echo do your stuff here

REM Save this as Checkfiletime.vbs
DIM filename, filesys, file1, timediff

If Wscript.Arguments.Count = 0 Then
  Wscript.echo "9999 Error - no file specified"
  Set filesys = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
  Set file1 = filesys.GetFile(wscript.arguments(0))
  timediff = int((now - file1.DateCreated) * 60 * 24)
  'Send age in minutes back to console:
  if timediff >=1 then
    wscript.echo timediff
    wscript.echo "OK"
  end if

End if

Author Comment

ID: 35205571
Looks nice, i only need to adjust it, so he goes into this folder C:\Users\Maikel\Desktop\GITstage\PDFTool

And needs to check the test.sql file in that folder. If you can help me with adjusting your script that it does that, it would be really great.

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Author Comment

ID: 35205614
Didn't refreshed, so didn't saw your second comment.
Thanks for the quick response.

Works perfectly, now i just need to do the if structure. I'll leave this open, so if I need extra help I can always ask it directly, when I'm finished with the if structure and it works, I accept your solution and award points :)
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Expert Comment

by:Steve Knight
ID: 35205996
no problem, just shout if you need more, will be back later.


Author Comment

ID: 35206047
Steve you're the best ;-)

It works like a charm ;-)
The only thing I changed was
timediff = int((now - file1.DateCreated) * 60 * 24)

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timediff = int((now - file1.DateLastModified) * 60 * 24)

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Thanks for the quick and 100% helpfull answer ;-)

Author Closing Comment

ID: 35206053
Worked perfect.

Looks at the creation date of the file and extracts this from the date of today.
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Expert Comment

by:Steve Knight
ID: 35206828
Would have helped if I'd read it properly but at least we got there!  No problem.


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