Batch File Question


I have a batch file that will create a set of folders for me.

The batch file lives at D:\Check\System\Utilities

I want the folders to be created in D:\Check\System\Utilities\<folder-name>\

How can I prompt when I open the batch file to enter the folder name, then these folders will be created in <folder-name>\

md folder1
md folder2
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Try it like this:

ECHO You typed: "%INPUT%"
The batch file lives at D:\Check\System\Utilities
so far I understand what you want to do.

can you make a sample of the directory tree before, tell what the batch should ask for, a sample for the user's input and the directory tree after execution.

AIght error in the previous code, this should work:

FOR /F "tokens=*" %%A IN ('TYPE CON') DO SET INPUT=%%A
ECHO You typed: "%INPUT%"
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Other way to do it would be easier i think:

set /p pathName=Enter Folder name:%=%
MD %pathName%
Steve KnightIT ConsultancyCommented:
You can get prettier if you want using GUI... this one adjusted of mine below from my script site below save as whatever.cmd or whatever.bat, it has a bit of VBScript in it which brings up a "choose a folder" box starting in the folder you set at the top.  You can either make a new folder or choose an existing then.

@echo off
Set StartPath=D:\Check\System\Utilities\

set folder=
call :getfolder
if "%folder%"=="" exit /b
pushd "%folder%
echo Folder is %cd%

REM Put your code in here, remove the above echo and Pause if wanted.

MD folder1
MD folder2


exit /b

(echo Set objShell = CreateObject^( "Shell.Application" ^)
echo set objFolder = objShell.BrowseForFolder^( 0, "Select a folder", ^&H10^&, "%startpath%"^)
echo if objFolder is nothing then wscript.quit
echo wscript.echo objFolder.Self.Path)> "%temp%\getpath.vbs"

for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('cscript //nologo "%temp%\getpath.vbs"') do set folder=%%a

exit /b

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If you just want to prompt for a folder name then without showing:

@echo off
Set StartPath=D:\Check\System\Utilities\

set input=
call :inputbox "Please enter new folder name" "Utilities"
if "%input%"=="" exit /b
if exist "%startpath%\%input%" (
  echo That folder already exists
  exit /b

pushd "%startpath%\%input%"
echo Folder is %cd%

REM Put your code in here, remove the above echo and Pause if wanted.

exit /b

set input=
set heading=%~2
set message=%~1
echo wscript.echo inputbox(WScript.Arguments(0),WScript.Arguments(1)) >"%temp%\input.vbs"
for /f "tokens=* delims=" %%a in ('cscript //nologo "%temp%\input.vbs" "%message%" "%heading%"') do set input=%%a
exit /b

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Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
Here's how I might approach this.  I'd use the SET /P to prompt for a destination folder path as long as that will suffice.  It's not "pretty" but it is the easiest thing to do in a BAT.  I've added a few additional bits to the process to try and make sure all goes well.

Make sure you clear the variable first, otherwise it could have a pre-existing value
Allow them a value (in my case blank) to enter to end the script
Clean up the path entered, since some people could end it with a "\", others might not.
"Edit" the entered value to make sure it's a valid path.  The easiest way to do that here seemed to be to try and create the directory they specified and trap if errors occurred, and ext.

@echo off

REM Clear prompt variable for SET /P below
set DestFolder=

REM Prompt for destination folder
set /p "DestFolder=Enter destination folder (blank to exit): "

REM Quit script if they didn't enter a folder
if "%DestFolder%" EQU "" exit /b

REM Make sure folder path doesn't end in a "\"
if "%DestFolder:~-1%" EQU "\" (
  set DestFolder=%DestFolder:~0-1%

REM If the folder doesn't exist, try to create it to make sure they specified a valid path
if not exist "%DestFolder%\" (
  md "%DestFolder%" || (
    echo *ERROR* Could not create destination folder
    exit /b

REM Create desired folders
md "%DestFolder%\folder1"
md "%DestFolder%\folder2"

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