Nightly process produces file name that needs to be moved and renamed.  Is this possible?

Posted on 2013-01-02
Last Modified: 2013-01-11
I have scheduled an export to run daily.  The directory to where the export is scheduled to be run is hard coded and cannot be changed.  Is it possible to schedule another process to pick up the export and dump it into another folder where I have another program that needs to call it?

The export is running to:  \\server1\GVP96\Downloads with a file name of:  BER1004_86204_EESETUP_SCHED_20121227_173754 (where 20121227 is the YYYYMMDD and changes each day and where 173754 is a number assigned by the software and changes each day) and is a text document.

The program that needs to pick it up looks in another directory on another server.
Question by:bergquistcompany
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you can write a powershell script to do this:

Here is an idea.
$FileList = Get-ChildItem \\server1\GVP96\Downloads -recurse | Where-Object {$_.PSIsContainer -eq $True}
ForEach ($FileObj in $FileList) {
if ($fileobj.Name -like ("*20121227*")

$fullpath = $FileObj.FullName
$sourcefolder = "\\server1\GVP96\Downloads\"
$destFolder = "path you want to copy files to"
$copypath = ($fullpath -replace [regex]::Escape($SourceFolder), '')
$destpath = $DestFolder + $copypath

write-host "processing $fullpath" -fore green
Copy-Item $fullpath $destpath


Expert Comment

ID: 38741528
Just schedule a simple one line batch file.

xcopy \\server1\GVP96\Downloads\BER1004_86204_EESETUP_SCHED_*.txt \\server1\destination

This will move all files with that name to the destination folder. Save that one line as a batch file and schedule it to run after the export will finish.

Author Comment

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@washburnma this will be perfect, but one question is can the file BER1004... be renamed to import.txt on the destination side as that is the file name the software looks for to pick up?
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ID: 38748928
My script above would provide that flexibility with one extra line but it seems you don't want to go that route.

Author Comment

ID: 38751893

I'd love to try it, can you help me with the added line for taking the .txt file and renaming to user.csv?  Then can I use schedule task to run this script daily?
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becraig earned 500 total points
ID: 38752721
Here you go:

param ([string] $source, [string] $dest, [string] $pattern);
if ((($source -eq "") -or ($dest -eq "") -or ($pattern -eq "")))
    write-host "
    Incorrect Syntax:
    `t Usage: copy-files.ps1 -source \\server\filepath -dest c:\destinationfolder -pattern 210124 (Pattern foldername should match)
    " -fore Red
$FileList = Get-ChildItem $source -recurse | Where-Object {$_.PSIsContainer -eq $True}
ForEach ($FileObj in $FileList) {
if ($fileobj.Name -like "$pattern")
$fullpath = $FileObj.FullName
$filepath = (gci $fullpath -recurse) 
foreach ($file in $filepath) 
         $fullfilepath = $File.FullName
         $copypath1 = ($fullfilepath -replace [regex]::Escape($Source), '')
         $copypath = [regex]::Replace($copypath1,".txt",".csv");
         $destpath = $Dest + $copypath
         if($destpath -like "*.csv"){Copy-Item $fullfilepath $destpath} 

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save as copy-files.ps1
to run as scheduled task
powershell.exe copy-files.ps1 -source \\sourcefolder -dest \\destination-folder -pattern date pattern to check for (you can add a wildcard - e.g. 2012*)

Usage: The script does a recursive check for each folder beneath the folder you specify as source and copies the full path as defined copying only the files matching *.csv  

If you have anything else you want the script to do let me know.

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