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  • dos batch flags question

    does anyone remember how to make a dos batch file that will delete the contents of a specified folder

    like del "d:inputplanodaily*.*"
    copy likes the flag /y
    but del doesn't
    Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
    972 524 8714
    [email protected]

    "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw

  • #2
    RE: dos batch flags question

    I believe the command you're looking for is

    deltree (forward slash)s

    The S option is used to delete sub directories.


    • #3
      RE: dos batch flags question

      deltree will delete the entire folder
      if you only want to delete files in a filder
      del c:foldername*.*

      there are backslashes after the c: and between foldername and the first astrick
      Charlie crimmel


      • #4
        RE: dos batch flags question


        An advantage [or disadvantage] of deltree is that it will delete hidden files as well.



        • #5
          RE: dos batch flags question

          charlie - the question is how to run it automatically. Like I have end of day routines, called by my alpha program, to copy (read "|" as the backslash)

          copy "d:|input|plano|*.dbf" "d:|input|planodaily" |y
          copy "d:|input|plano|*.fpt" "d:|input|planodaily" |y

          the "|y flag" answers the question 'are you sure, or whatever' in advance

          but with del, to empty the folders, I can't get any flags to work, so I can't get it to work in an unattended mode.
          Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
          972 524 8714
          [email protected]

          "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw


          • #6
            RE: dos batch flags question

            I use these copy routines to copy downloaded payroll files to a iomega zip 250 disk and also to a floppy disk in drive A.
            It is all put on to one button

            First I set my variables for the paths and file names.
            I use a table called ZZJOBSITES
            the line close to the end -file copy is what actually does the copy.

            var->vardrive = ZZJOBSITES->drive
            var->varpath = ZZJOBSITES->path
            var->varpayweek = ZZJOBSITES->payweek
            var->varpayweek1 = dtoc(ZZJOBSITES->payweek)
            var->varpayweekalpha = substr(varpayweek1,1,2)+substr(varpayweek1,4,2)+substr(varpayweek1,9,2)

            var->varcreate = var->vardrive + trim(var->varpath)
            var->varcreate2 = var->vardrive + trim(var->varpath)+VAR->VARSLASH+trim(var->varpayweekalpha)

            filename = var->varcreate
            filename2 = var->varcreate2

            var->path= ""


            resultA = file.exists(filenameA)
            IF resultA = .T.
            filesA = filefind.first(filenameA)
            WHILE .not. filesA.eof()
            END WHILE
            END IF


            • #7
              RE: dos batch flags question

              directory commands in Alpha5
              Charlie Crimmel
              'This statement creates a DATA directory within the A_SPORTS directory.
              'Populate an array with the names of all tables in the A_SPORTS
              'directory. The current directory will be saved and restored after the operation
              DIM file_names[250] AS C
              old_directory = dir_get()
              files = filefind.first("*.dbf")
              I = 1
              WHILE .not. files.eof()
              file_names[I] =
              I = I + 1
              END WHILE

              'This statement erases the temporary table ASCII file and then
              'removes the TEMP sub-directory from the A5 directory.


              • #8
                RE: dos batch flags question

                Charlie - thank's
                basically - I get the idea - take a new approach!!

                I'm going to study the code and try implementing it with my app.

                the scenario is that one of the Dallas offices operators will be responsible to be sure the Home Office gets a copy of all Dallas and Austin remote sites dbf's and fpt's.

                PCAnywhere automatically calls all the remote offices at night and gets the data to her Dallas computer, each in its own folder. The next morning, if any of the downloads failed, she will have to manually redial and get the data - and then send it to Houston - the home office.

                What I was looking for was a timed running (Windows scheduler) of a dos batch file to empty the local folders (Austin, Plano, Peavy, etc.) so she could immediately tell if the download failed by checking the number of files in each folder.

                It will be good for me to learn the directory commands.
                Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
                972 524 8714
                [email protected]

                "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw


                • #9
                  RE: dos batch flags question

                  Hi Martin:

                  At last this newbie can help someone on the A5 board.

                  The Flag is "Y" and the syntax is...

                  A:>deltree /Y a:haha
                  Deleting a:haha...


                  • #10
                    RE: dos batch flags question

                    thank's Ken
                    I guess if I do that I can use the md command to replace the directories with new empty ones
                    Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
                    972 524 8714
                    [email protected]

                    "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw


                    • #11
                      RE: dos batch flags question

                      Yep, it still works!



                      • #12
                        RE: dos batch flags question


                        Here is a web site wilh some info on batch, May be it is a good reference for writing batch files.

                        Just for your info.




                        • #13
                          RE: dos batch flags question

                          Hi JP:

                          That's a very useful site.

                          See you Thurs,
                          Bill Hanigsberg


                          • #14
                            RE: dos batch flags question

                            Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
                            972 524 8714
                            [email protected]

                            "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw