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Help with batch file syntax - grab current file name with extension and put in a variable.

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All, please note the following code:

REM That if a certain command does not work put in ... pause 
which will pause after the command is run...

Set Extension=.dll
set SourceDB=%0%Extension

PAUSE

xcopy "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit 2014\PlugIns\SMW\%SourceDB%" "\\NY-APP\Software Development\Transfer\REVIT" /d /y

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I am trying to take the name of the batch file (0%) and use that in a variable (Extension) to copy from a local folder to a network folder.    But when I review what's it is copying it still doesn't grab the current name combining with another variable that throws in .dll at the end as an extension.  Please note picture attachment that shows the actual error.

Please let me know the syntax I should use to do an xcopy within a batch file!
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by:jpgobert
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I won't lie, I'm pretty confused at what you're doing here.

I get that you're trying to copy some files from a local drive to a network share... but what about this process is requiring you to write a batch file with variables?

Also, you're using /D /Y as two switches at the end of your xcopy command but that's not correct syntax.
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by:stephenlecomptejr
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The variable is needed to grab the name of the batch file.   When I create a new dll file all I would have to do is copy/rename the batch file as the name of the dll file and run the script
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Will the DLL files always be in the same source directory, and then need to be copied to the same target directory?

If you're just looking for a way to make sure your new DLL's that are populated locally are regularly backed up you can do that without having to create and rename batch files for every new DLL.

Am I missing something or is this right?
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by:stephenlecomptejr
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I'm not backing it up.  I'm sending it forward for that specific file for that specific time.

Do you know how I may adjust the syntax to accept the current name of the batch file (without extension) and then concatenate ".dll" on the end of the variable so I can make this work?

I'm sorry but  not looking for another way to do this but want answer to this specific question.
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Hey man I apologize... was only trying to help you.

In your batch file you can set the variable to the batch file name as follows:

set SourceDB=%~n0.DLL

That will set SourceDB to the filename of the batch file being run (without the extension) and then adds .DLL as the new extension.

Just make sure to enclose SourceDB in quotes if the file name has spaces which you already seem to know.
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by:stephenlecomptejr
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I copied and pasted it above into the batch file and got the following error:  file not found.
Please note attached file image of what it shows as the filename.

Instead of Copy View.dll it shows
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by:stephenlecomptejr
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Sorry nevermind.

The file was named Copy View to local.....

I appreciate the comment in getting to the answer.
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"Also, you're using /D /Y as two switches at the end of your xcopy command but that's not correct syntax. "

Then what should be the correct syntax - btw?
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