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Bat file to copy from a network unc path

Last Modified: 2014-08-18
Hello Experts Exchange
I am trying to write a bat file that will copy files from a folder that is a UNC path.

I have a bit of the script ready that give me the month. Which I put into a variable called mydate.

For /f "tokens=2-4 delims=/ " %%a in ('date /t') do (set mydate=\%%a\)

Xcopy "\\ntserver2\data"%mydate%"AC4\Moulding\*.*" "Y:\GGR\moulding"

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Does anyone know how I can get this to work as the XCopy line does not work.


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Chad FranksSenior System Engineer

I would use ROBOCOPY.  Its part of windows 7 and its much more efficient than Xcopy;

robocopy "\\ntserver2\data"%mydate%"AC4\Moulding\*.*"  "Y:\GGR\moulding" /E /IS
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Hello Chad
I am getting the following error.

ERROR : Invalid Parameter #1 : "\\ntserver2\data\08\AC4\Moulding\*.*"


KimputerIT Manager

On that computer, using Explorer, does "\\ntserver2\data\08\AC4\Moulding\" exist?
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You can't just replace xcopy syntax with robocopy syntax, see my script.
robocopy expects the source folder as first argument, the target folder as second argument, then the file mask(s), then further options. Chad's example has the file mask as part of the source folder.
In addition, note that /E that Chad posted will copy all subdirectories, including empty ones; this was not a part of your original xcopy syntax, so I left it out.
Note, too, that robocopy will by default skip files that already exist in the same version (size and time stamp) in the target folder; /IS is "Include Same" and will (usually unnecessarily) copy files that are already there.


Thank you, oBdA.

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