Find folders listed in txt file in subdirectories and copy to target directory? RRS feed

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  • Hi Guys!

    I have a list of folder names in a text file, which I need to find and copy over to a new directory. This is an example of what the directory I have to search through looks like:


    So the folders that I have to find are the ones listed as sub_subfolder. I only have the names of the folders in the text file and not the full path. I'd tried searching using the Windows search feature but that was taking forever. A friend told me to try the FOR command or FORFILES command and xcopy. But I was not getting anywhere with it. 
    Here are the few scripts I tried:

    for /f "delims=" %i in (FILE.txt) do echo D|xcopy "C:\test\%i" "C:\test\newdest\%i" /i /z /y /s
    FOR /F %F IN (FILE.txt) DO xcopy /I /E "C:\test\%F" "C:\test\newdest\%F"
    for /f "tokens=*" %i in (FILE.txt) DO xcopy "C:\test\%i" "C:\test\newdest\%i"
    @echo off
    set src_folder=C:\test\
    set dst_folder=C:\test\newdest\
    for /f "tokens=*" %i in (FILE.txt) DO (
        xcopy /S/E "%src_folder%%%i" "%dst_folder%"

    So to reiterate what I am trying to do is find the list of folders that are listed in the text file, and copy them over to C:\test\newdest\. Any help would be appreciated!!


    • Moved by Bill_Stewart Wednesday, May 30, 2018 7:29 PM This is not "scripts on demand"
    Tuesday, April 3, 2018 1:14 PM

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  • This should be able to get you somewhere, PowerShell is much better to use than your previous approaches.

    Get-Content -Path "PATH_TO_TXT_FILE" | % { Copy-Item -Path "C:\test\$_" -Destination "c:\test\newdest" }
    If sub folders in each in different folders themselves, then the above script probably won't work and you'll need to add extra logic. Let us know how you get on.

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    Tuesday, April 3, 2018 2:10 PM