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# Rename log file based on age of file

Posted on 2013-12-27
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Hi i have a script that runs every 15 minutes and it writes to a log file that is growing waaay to fast. Just today alone it went from creation to 30MB. My solution is to have the script create a new log file every week, but copy the original file and rename it with a date_time stamp.log. I am looking for a simple code that would look at the age of the log file and if it is older than seven days, copy the log file and append date_time stamp to it, then using the set variable I have there (set logfile= blah blah)
create a new one and maybe append a number of some sort to prevent duplicate name being created. Thanks for all responses
Zay
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Can you tell me what the EXACT output of the two commands below is at a DOS command line:

echo [%DATE%]
echo [%TIME%]

Do you want / need a pure DOS / BAT solution, or would the use of VBS (which has better date manipulation capability) be okay?

~bp
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Bill Prew earned 2000 total points
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Okay, haven't seen an answer yet, so here's a BAT approach that should be a good starting point.  Adjust the variables near the top as needed and give it some testing.  It doesn't create a new empty log file, I'm assuming your existing script probably does that if the file doesn't exist already.

This also assumes your system date is in MM-DD-YYYY format.

@echo off
setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion

REM Define full path to log file, and days before rolling log file
set DaysToKeep=7
set LogfilePath=c:\ee\EE28326513\log.txt

call :RollLog "%LogfilePath%" %DaysToKeep%

exit /b

:RollLog [logfile-path] [days-to-roll]
REM Get todays date (MM/DD/YYYY), convert to julian for age checks
call :jDate jToday %DATE:~-10%

REM Get files date, convert to julian for age checks
call :jDate jFile %~t1

REM See if it's tile to archive the current log file
set /A FileAge = %jToday% - %jFile%!
if %FileAge% GTR %DaysToKeep% (
REM Build YYYYMMDD_hhmmss format date/time stamp for new file name
set Stamp=%DATE:~-4%%DATE:~-10,2%%DATE:~-7,2%_%TIME:~0,8%
set Stamp=!Stamp::=!
set Stamp=!Stamp: =0!

REM Rename log file
ECHO File:[%~1] is [%FileAge%] days old and has been renamed to [%~n1_!Stamp!%~x1].
ren "%~1" "%~n1_!Stamp!%~x1"
)

exit /b

REM Subroutine to calculate julian date
:jDate return-variable date-string(MM/DD/YYYY)
set DateStr=%~2
set yy=%DateStr:~6,4%
set /A mm=1%DateStr:~0,2%-100
set /A dd=1%DateStr:~3,2%-100
set /a "yy=10000%yy% %%10000,mm=100%mm% %% 100,dd=100%dd% %% 100"
set /a %~1=dd-32075+1461*(yy+4800+(mm-14)/12)/4+367*(mm-2-(mm-14)/12*12)/12-3*((yy+4900+(mm-14)/12)/100)/4
exit /b

~bp
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Thanks Bill, I have to laugh, cause I actually figured it out a few days ago. Well not figured it out, I found this very script you wrote for me for another task I had. In trying to solve my issue, it dawned on me that I could use this same script. I appreciate you always coming to my rescue. You did so again without even realizing it, so thanks.
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Welcome.

~bp
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Script worked like a charm, thanks Bill.
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Welcome, thanks for the feedback.

~bp
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