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# DOS batch file, change numbers within a text file

Posted on 2014-01-20
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I have ~2,500 text files like this:

10.00000
0
0
-10.00000
2827500.250
2179999.750

I need to modify the last two lines:

Line [5]  + 4.75
Line [6]  - 4.75

many thanks
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Raheman M. Abdul earned 200 total points
ID: 39794525
The following script changes the last lines of the *.txt files. For safety you can make a copy of all your .txt files before you run the following script.

Start -> run -> Powershell_ise (Enter)

Paste the following : and rename the location of folder c:\drivers to your location
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$files = Get-ChildItem C:\DRIVERS -Filter *.txt foreach ($file in $files) {$text=gc $file.Fullname$text[-2]="+4.75"
$text[-1]="-4.75"$text > $file.FullName } --------------------------------- Press F5 0 LVL 2 Author Comment ID: 39794574 I'm not familiar with Powershell. Where do I paste, and how do I run it . Thanks Powershell.jpg 0 LVL 35 Assisted Solution Dan Craciun earned 300 total points ID: 39794584 I think the OP wants those values modified. In which cases the script should be:$text[-2] = 4.75 + $text[-2]$text[-1] = -4.75 + $text[-1] Note that you need the 4.75 +$text to force Powershell to add numbers, cause $text + 4.75 will concatenate strings. HTH, Dan 0 LVL 35 Expert Comment ID: 39794587 @hgj1357: you need to paste it in the lower window 0 LVL 2 Author Comment ID: 39794622 How do I run it? 0 LVL 35 Expert Comment ID: 39794653 BTW, if you want to keep the 3 decimals (as in 2827500.250) you need to modify the code like this: Param ( [string]$inputPath = "X:\path\to\your\files"
)

$files = Get-ChildItem$inputPath -Filter *.txt
foreach ($file in$files)
{
$text=gc$file.Fullname
$text[-2] = "{0:F3}" -f (4.75 +$text[-2])
$text[-1] = "{0:F3}" -f (-4.75 +$text[-1])
$text >$file.FullName
}

Save the code as whatever.ps1 and run it as whatever.ps1 X:\your\path

OR, change X:\path\to\your\files to your actual path, paste the entire script in the lower pane of the Powershell ISE window and then press ENTER.
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Assisted Solution

Dan Craciun earned 300 total points
ID: 39794676
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Author Comment

ID: 39794826
This works - nearly.  The resultant text file is some kind of ANSI format that I can not use further. (In AutoCAD).  If I open and save as ANSI encoded file type, it then works again.  Is there a way to bulk change the encoding type to ANSI?
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Expert Comment

ID: 39794896
Run this in powershell:

Get-ChildItem "X:\path\to" -Filter *.txt | % { (Get-Content $_.fullname) | Set-Content$_.fullname -Force -Encoding ASCII}


Of course, change X:\path\to to your actual path.
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Author Comment

ID: 39795032
I used type File>Newfile.txt to fix issue.

All good.

Thanks
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Expert Comment

ID: 39795259
Removed MSDOS Topic and added Powershell Topic since the accepted solution is not an MSDOS based solution.

Gerwin Jansen
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