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How to empty folder of files in 10 file chunks with pause between chunks

I have a folder that gets loaded with files via robocopy scripts.  I need to move the files into a final processing folder 10 files at a time, in no particular order, with a minute or so pause between chunks. The incoming files are pdf, rtf and doc.

I use Robocopy a good bit but haven't been able to make sense out of how to do it.  

I am not stuck to Robocopy, but it does need to be able to run in a bat file.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Mark Holbert
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RobSampsonCommented:
Hi, this is VBS, but you can run it from a batch file using
cscript //NoLogo "C:\Scripts\MoveFiles.vbs"

Regards,

Rob.
strSourceFolder = "C:\Incoming"
strTargetFolder = "C:\Processing"
intSecondsToWait = 60
intMaxFileBatch = 10

If Right(strTargetFolder, 1) <> "\" Then strTargetFolder = strTargetFolder & "\"
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
intFile = 1
For Each objFile In objFSO.GetFolder(strSourceFolder).Files
	WScript.Echo "Moving " & objFile.Path
	objFSO.MoveFile objFile.Path, strTargetFolder
	intFile = intFile + 1
	If intFile = intMaxFileBatch Then
		WScript.Echo "Waiting " & intSecondsToWait & " seconds..."
		WScript.Sleep intSecondsToWait * 1000
		intFile = 1
	End If
Next

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Bill PrewCommented:
Just for variety, here's a BAT solution.  Adjust SETs as needed.

@echo off
setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion

REM Set source and destination folder, as well as how many fiels to move at a time
REM Delay is in milliseconds (seconds to delay * 1000)
set BaseDir=c:\temp
set DestDir=d:\temp
set Chunk=10
set Delay=60000

REM Main loop to look for the next group of files to move
:Loop
  set Count=0
  REM Process up to group size of files
  for %%A in ("%BaseDir%\*.*") do (
    set /A Count+=1
    if !Count! GTR %Chunk% goto :Wait
    echo Moving [%%~A] to [%DestDir%]
    move "%%~A" "%BaseDir%">NUL
  )

REM Delay for the desired time and then look again
:Wait
  ping 1.1.1.1 -n 1 -w %Delay%
  goto :Loop

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~bp
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Mark HolbertAuthor Commented:
I will try both and see which is faster.  I appreciate the help.  MH
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Mark HolbertAuthor Commented:
I just modified and tested the bat solution provided by BillPrew.  the command window reports it is moving the files, but the files don't move.  There is nothing in event viewer to indicate the problem.

Thoughts?  MH
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Bill PrewCommented:
Did it display the

Moving [c:\temp\file1.txt] to [d:\temp]

type message, and if so can you paste here?  If it did, does the DestDir already exist, and do you have write permission to it?

If that doesn't work, remove the ">NUL" from the MOVE line and rerun looking for an error to be reported there.

~bp
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Mark HolbertAuthor Commented:
the final bat is as follows:  

REM   Move 30 files at a time into \\Ferret\OmniPage\LAB from \\Ferret\OmniPage\LabHold


@echo off
setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion

REM Set source and destination folder, as well as how many files to move at a time
REM Delay is in milliseconds (seconds to delay * 1000)
set BaseDir=\\ferret\omnipage\LabHold
set DestDir=\\ferret\omnipage\LAB
set Chunk=30
set Delay=60000

REM Main loop to look for the next group of files to move
:Loop
  set Count=0
  REM Process up to group size of files
  for %%A in ("%BaseDir%\*.*") do (
    set /A Count+=1
    if !Count! GTR %Chunk% goto :Wait
    echo Moving [%%~A] to [%DestDir%]
    move "%%~A" "%BaseDir%"
  )

REM Delay for the desired time and then look again
:Wait
ping 1.1.1.1 -n 1 -w %Delay%
goto :Loop

When run via a command window, it reports the following:  I only pasted three lines of the output, in reality the output is 10 lines, one per file.  Permissions appear to be appropriate, i removed the >Nul and did not see any change

Moving [\\ferret\omnipage\LabHold\20708.PDF] to [\\ferret\omnipage\LAB]
        1 file(s) moved.
Moving [\\ferret\omnipage\LabHold\20715.PDF] to [\\ferret\omnipage\LAB]
        1 file(s) moved.
Moving [\\ferret\omnipage\LabHold\20734.PDF] to [\\ferret\omnipage\LAB]
        1 file(s) moved.
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RobSampsonCommented:
Hi,

One thing, you have
    echo Moving [%%~A] to [%DestDir%]
    move "%%~A" "%BaseDir%"

where the echo is %DestDir% but the move is %BaseDir%

You should get away with just changing
    move "%%~A" "%BaseDir%"

to
    move "%%~A" "%DestDir%"


As it was, the file was just moving over itself.

Rob.
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Mark HolbertAuthor Commented:
That did it, i guess i should have read the stuff myself.  I appreciate the quick fix.  MH
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Bill PrewCommented:
Sorry, my bad, thanks Rob.

~bp
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