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RoboCopy Query

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by DDL, Nov 27, 2009.

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  1. DDL

    DDL Thread Starter

    Nov 27, 2009
    I am copying files with dates in the filename (filename_20091127.txt) from one location to another. How can I drop the date from the filename when moving/having moved the files accross? The file types and filenames vary from file to file but the date format will always be '_YYYYMMDD'. Is this something that can be done with RoboCopy and if so, how? If not, with what and how? Thanks in advance.
  2. TheOutcaste


    Aug 7, 2007
    Robocopy doesn't rename files.

    Welcome to TSG!

    For this, I'd use RenameMaster, and just remove the last 9 characters of the file name.

    It's on the Scripting tab, about 8th item down, Remove Beginning/Ending

    If this is a daily occurrence, you could write a batch file to remove the date after all the files are copied. Not too hard to just remove the last 9 characteers in a name.
    If you need to check for resulting duplicates or confirm it's actually an underscore followed by a date it would get more complex.

    Setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion
    Set _Folder=C:\Location of Files
    PushD %_Folder%
    For /F "Tokens=* Delims=" %%I In ('Dir /B "%_Folder%\*.*"') Do (
    Set _Fname=%%~nI
    Rename "%%I" "!_Fname:~0,-9!%%~xI"
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