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Batch file that automatically iterates each html file in a folder

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Greetings all,

I have a folder full of files, including HTML files and I need a batch file that will find and pass every html file through a CLI program.

docvert -e %out_file% %in_file% -t gts -l val

So,
%out_file% = the output file (same name as the in_file) but with the extension ".html" replaced with ".txt"
%in_file% = the source html file in the folder

I know that I can list out all *.html files by adding this line to a batch file:
for /r %in_file% in (*.htm) do echo %in_file%

Finally, I want to log each iteration in the do loop and how long it required.

Probably, something like this should be good enough...
echo Translation start %date% %time% >> log.txt

Thank you
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by:oBdA
ID: 40487532
Try this; it's currently in test mode and will only display the docvert commands it would normally run; remove the uppercase ECHO in line 10 to run it for real.
@echo off
setlocal

set RootFolder=C:\Temp
set LogFile=C:\Temp\log.txt

for /r "%RootFolder%" %%a in (*.htm) do (
	echo [%Date%][%Time%] Processing '%%~a' ...
	>>"%LogFile%" echo [%Date%][%Time%] Begin '%%~a'
	ECHO docvert -e "%%~dpna.txt" "%%~a" -t gts -l val
	>>"%LogFile%" echo [%Date%][%Time%] End '%%~a'
)

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by:sconnell
ID: 40487555
Hello oBdA,

Thank you so much.

Before I run this, a few questions:
1) Do I need setlocal?
2) I need this batch file to work in the current folder (that could be any folder)... so my plan is to make it available from anywhere by adding it to the path environment variable.
    That means that I wouldn't want use an absolute root folder... nor specify an absolute location for the log file because the log file should be saved to the current folder.

Thank you
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oBdA earned 500 total points
ID: 40487577
"setlocal" makes sure that variables set in the script don't spill over into the command prompt calling the script; I use by default. The current folder is in the default variable %cd%:
@echo off
setlocal

set RootFolder=%cd%
set LogFile=%cd%\log.txt

for /r "%RootFolder%" %%a in (*.htm) do (
	echo [%Date%][%Time%] Processing '%%~a' ...
	>>"%LogFile%" echo [%Date%][%Time%] Begin '%%~a'
	ECHO docvert -e "%%~dpna.txt" "%%~a" -t gts -l val
	>>"%LogFile%" echo [%Date%][%Time%] End '%%~a'
)

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by:sconnell
ID: 40487705
Brilliant! Works exactly as required!

Thank you.
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