Help with copy of files using list

Posted on 2014-10-01
Last Modified: 2014-10-02
@echo off
SET destfolder=c:\backup
FOR /F "delims=" %%a IN (c:\backup\output.txt) DO COPY "%%a" "%destfolder%\%%~nxa"

The above takes output.txt which has hundreds of lines of filenames/paths that look like this
F:\active\C com\Drawings\oh Drawings\a100s\A101.bak
and then copies all the files into c:\backup

I now need to do the opposite, so take files, and put them back in the directory.  So copy all files located in c:\backup, use the output.txt to tell it where to place each of the files.

To get my output.txt I did
 xcopy f: /l /s /d:09-22-2014 > output.txt
So its a list of all files that have changed...  

An ideal command would be  xcopy f: /l /s /d:09-22-2014 > \\newserver\f_share\ - so have it copy all files newer than X and paste to a remote location (or mapped drive etc.)
Question by:rhwimmers
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Steve Knight earned 500 total points
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On the mobile at no. So not typing out complex script, but you can use a for command to read your xcopy output:

For /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('xcopy ....') Do copy .

Will try and look back later on of.

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by:Steve Knight
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Just realised actually my you aren't copying files into directory structure, just flat? How do you know there us only one file of each name?  You would have to use a find command for each entry to get the path from your text file, unless you did something like write a text file per file say, filename.ext.dir containing the proper dir name say, or kept them in dir structure under backup?

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I really just want to copy all files in this output.txt and paste into z:\test (mapped drive) - overwriting files
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keeping the structure the same..  so output.txt has


I want everything in the above file to go to the Z drive, in the same path, like

I can easily take output.txt and find/replace so I then have a source file

and a destination file

If thats easier

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final command ended up being

(FOR /F "delims=" %%a IN (c:\backup\output.txt) DO echo f | xcopy /d "%%~a" "z:%%~pnxa") > c:\backup\log.txt 2>&1

copy files in list and paste to remote destination only changing new files, and not removing any old files.

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Thanks for the help!
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by:Steve Knight
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Glad it worked out in the end (we exchanged some emails directly too along the way)


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