MS Dos Command to Copy

Posted on 2011-09-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi Experts,

I'm trying to using ms dos to copy files between two given dates, is there a specific command for that? I already tried using /D with xcopy but it copies files changed on or after the specified date. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Question by:Samoin
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Use robocopy as it supports a minage and maxage flag:
robocopy c:\source c:\destination *.* /MAXAGE:20101231 /MINAGE:20111001

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by:Bill Prew
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Agreed there is no baseline DOS command to do the date range copy you seek.  ROBOCOPY is a good alternative, which is a free addon utility Microsoft create a while back and made available through windows resource kits.  It is now included as part of Windows 7 also.  But depending on your Windows version you may have to download and install it.

Since you will need to run something other than just DOS commands to do this, another approach would be a rather small vbscript that could do the date range checking and copy the matching files easily.  Let me know if you are interested in seeing a sample of that approach.

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Can you please forward me the sample script.

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Bill Prew earned 500 total points
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Here's the basic idea, see if this makes sense.  You would run it with a command line from BAT as follows:

cscript //nologo EE27345823.vbs c:\from c:\to 9/1/2011 9/29/2011

' Define file system object, get from folder handle
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

' Make sure all 4 parms provided
If Wscript.Arguments.Count < 4 Then
   Wscript.Echo "Usage: cscript yourfile.vbs <from folder> <to folder> <from date> <to date>"
End If

' Get from and to folders from command line
strFromDir = Wscript.Arguments(0)
strToDir = Wscript.Arguments(1)

' Make sure directory names end in backslash
If Right(strFromDir, 1) <> "\" Then strFromDir = strFromDir & "\"
If Right(strToDir, 1) <> "\" Then strToDir = strToDir & "\"

' Make sure they both already exist
If Not objFSO.FolderExists(strFromDir) Then
   Wscript.Echo "Usage: cscript yourfile.vbs <from folder> <to folder> <from date> <to date>"
End if
If Not objFSO.FolderExists(strToDir) Then
   Wscript.Echo "Usage: cscript yourfile.vbs <from folder> <to folder> <from date> <to date>"
End if

' Get date range to process files from
datFromDate = CDate(Wscript.Arguments(2))
datToDate = CDate(Wscript.Arguments(3))

' Make sure the dates were entered in proper order
If datFromDate > datToDate Then 
   datFromDate = CDate(Wscript.Arguments(3))
   datToDate = CDate(Wscript.Arguments(2))
End If

' Process all files in the from folder, check if they are in the date range, copy if so
Set objFromDir = objFSO.GetFolder(strFromDir)
For Each objFile In objFromDir.Files
   if objFile.DateLastModified >= datFromDate And objFile.DateLastModified <= datToDate Then
      Wscript.Echo "Copying [" & objFile.Path & "] to [" & strToDir & objFile.Name & "]"
      objFile.Copy strToDir & objFile.Name
   End If

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Thanks much, glad that helped.


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