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Posted on 2014-11-16
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Hi Guys,

I would like to create a simple batch file which will do the following -
If today's date is greater than 14/11/2014 then execute a following task.

I have tried the following

IF "%Date%" GTR "17/11/2014" ECHO YES

But this doesn't seem to work and will echo yes all the time.
Any help would be appreciated and I dont want to use VBSCRIPT.
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Question by:manav08
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by:Qlemo
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Two issues are causing that. First you are comparing two strings.
Next, %date% often has the weekday prefixed.

For a DOS-only solution it is necessary to extract the date parts and compare tbem correctly:
  if "%date:~-4%%date:~-10,2%%date:~-7,2%" GTR "20141114" echo yepp
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by:manav08
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Hi Qlemo,

We use UK DATE FORMAT i.e. 14/11/2014.
So when I type %DATE% in command prompt, I get the following : Sun 16/11/2014

How will I change your script please?
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by:manav08
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actually when I typed
echo %date:~-4%%date:~-10,2%%date:~-7,2%
the output was 20141611

This technically means that 20141512 is less than 20141611, which is not actually true :(
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Qlemo earned 2000 total points
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Of course, I did not spot you are using a "correct" date format, which is at least consequently "wrong" in regard of sorting, and not that mixed-up stuff of US :D

Each %date....% is one date part. So just arrange them different, and you are set:
  if "%date:~-4%%date:~-7,2%%date:~-10,2%" GTR "20141114" echo yepp
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by:manav08
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You are a scripting genius. Thank you
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