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I have the following batch script below
this is for lotus symphony by the way
What works on this script is creating a new directory if the directory does not exist, but what I am trying to do now is copy over the com.ibm.symphony.ui.prefs file the folder "%userprofile%\IBM\Lotus\Symphony\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.core.runtime\.settings\

However when I do do this, I get the filename COMIBM~1.PRE
But that file does have the same data

Any idea what I am doing wrong?

This is win xp
IF EXIST "%userprofile%\IBM\Lotus\Symphony\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.core.runtime\.settings\" (
Copy C:\com.ibm.symphony.ui.prefs "%userprofile%\IBM\Lotus\Symphony\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.core.runtime\.settings\" /N
) else (
MD "%userprofile%\IBM\Lotus\Symphony\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.core.runtime\.settings\"
Copy "C:\com.ibm.symphony.ui.prefs" "%userprofile%\IBM\Lotus\Symphony\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.core.runtime\.settings\" /N
)

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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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>> However when I do do this, I get the filename COMIBM~1.PRE

How do you know that COMIBM~1.PRE is the filename? Do you see that on the command prompt or else?
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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Hmm, when looking at your copy cmd, remove the /N and try again :)

" /N           Uses short filename, if available, when copying a file with a non-8dot3 name. "
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by:mmercaldi
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its there because thats the file that pops up in that folder.  Also it says it in command prompt
I also tried removing the /N command
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by:Bill Prew
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One this to watch out for.  If you are running this BAT file from COMMAND instead of CMD, then as I recall it will use short file names rather than long.

~bp
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by:ryanjones
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try using the xcopy command instead, I've always found it better.
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Steve Knight earned 2000 total points
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btw no need to go to the trouble of checking dir exists, just hide any error is easier:

@echo off
set dir="%userprofile%....etc." (not going to type that out o mobile without copy/paste!)
md %dir% 2>nul
xcopy /d "c:\sourecdirpath\*.*" "%dir%"

that trys to make the dir and hides and error if there is one
then uses xcopy /d to copy any files from source dir that are newer to the destination one.

Steve


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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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As billprew says: what is your batch file called? batch_script.cmd or batch_script.bat?

I checked in W7 btw and there it makes no diffence (I have no XP available atm).
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by:paultomasi
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Steve...


   md %dir% 2>nul


To be used cautiously... Will also return an error if target is an existing file i.e:


   COPY NUL file
   :
   MD file 2>NUL



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by:Qlemo
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Paul,
That doesn't make much of a difference, as the copy will fail in both cases ...
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by:Qlemo
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And if we would check for existence, we would rather do:
@echo off
if not exists "%userprofile%\IBM\Lotus\Symphony\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.core.runtime\.settings\" (
  md "%userprofile%\IBM\Lotus\Symphony\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.core.runtime\.settings\"
)
Copy "C:\com.ibm.symphony.ui.prefs" "%userprofile%\IBM\Lotus\Symphony\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.core.runtime\.settings\"

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If you use xcopy with the same values, it will create the folder while copying, making it a single line:
xcopy "C:\com.ibm.symphony.ui.prefs" "%userprofile%\IBM\Lotus\Symphony\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.core.runtime\.settings\"

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by:Steve Knight
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thanks. I guess that helped then!

Steve
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