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Anonymous
August 8, 2005 7:23:02 PM

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I am trying to write a batch file to strip the 4 leading characters from the
name of all files in a directory. I tried using rename but was not having any
luck getting the pattern matching to strip the characters off. Please let me
know if anyone knows a way to do this in a batch file.

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Anonymous
August 10, 2005 12:37:33 AM

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EricP wrote:

> I am trying to write a batch file to strip the 4 leading
> characters from the name of all files in a directory. I tried
> using rename but was not having any luck getting the pattern
> matching to strip the characters off. Please let me know if
> anyone knows a way to do this in a batch file.
Hi

You can use a VBScript (.vbs file) to do this:


'--------------------8<----------------------

' Folder where files are located
sFolderPath = "c:\test"

Set oFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

' Get all file names that are 5 characters or
' more (excluding file extension) into an Array

arFiles = Array()
Set oFolder = oFSO.GetFolder(sFolderPath)
For Each oFile In oFolder.Files
If Len(oFSO.GetBaseName(oFile.Name)) >= 5 Then
iCount = UBound(arFiles) + 1
ReDim Preserve arFiles(iCount)
Set arFiles(iCount) = oFile
End If
Next

For i = 0 To UBound(arFiles)
sFileName = arFiles(i).Name
sBaseName = oFSO.GetBaseName(sFileName)
sFileExtension = ""
If InStr(sFileName, ".") > 0 Then
sFileExtension = "." & oFSO.GetExtensionName(sFileName)
End If
sNewBaseName = LTrim(Mid(sBaseName, 5))
If sNewBaseName <> "" Then
sNewName = sNewBaseName & sFileExtension
On Error Resume Next
arFiles(i).Name = sNewName
If Err.Number <> 0 Then
WScript.Echo "Error when renaming " & sFileName & " to " & sNewName _
& vbCrLf & "Reason: " & Err.Description
End If
Else
WScript.Echo "Not possible to rename: " & sFileName
End If

Next

MsgBox "Done!", vbSystemModal+vbInformation, "Rename files"

'--------------------8<----------------------




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Anonymous
August 12, 2005 1:50:21 PM

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"EricP" <EricP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:9E516A25-879D-4251-960B-BF8D58DD7AA5@microsoft.com...
>I am trying to write a batch file to strip the 4 leading characters from
>the
> name of all files in a directory. I tried using rename but was not having
> any
> luck getting the pattern matching to strip the characters off. Please let
> me
> know if anyone knows a way to do this in a batch file.

you could try asking in 'microsoft.public.win2000.cmdprompt.admin' - they're
experts at this sort of thing.
bob
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Anonymous
August 14, 2005 3:46:32 AM

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>"EricP" <EricP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

>>I am trying to write a batch file to strip the 4 leading characters from
>>the name of all files in a directory. I tried using rename but was not
>>having any luck getting the pattern matching to strip the characters.
>>Please let me know if anyone knows a way to do this in a batch file.

I'd use CKRename (a free tool that's great at that sort of thing)
interactively, but that's not batch file automation.

On batch files, I'd create a disposable set of files and try something
like Ren ????*.* *.* to see if that would work... nope.

OK, next is to look up the For statement, especially the NT
enhancements to it - it can do pretty kewl things now. Let's see...

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/window...

You can use For to parse all files in a dir, or an entire subtree.
That gets you the file( name)s, but I still can't see how to parse the
strings. So I'd Google for a suitable command line utility...

http://www.google.co.za/search?q=command+line+file+rena...

Lots of tools, but not sure which can be used from batch files.





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Anonymous
August 14, 2005 11:46:51 PM

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cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user) wrote:

>>"EricP" <EricP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>
>
>>>I am trying to write a batch file to strip the 4 leading characters from
>>>the name of all files in a directory. I tried using rename but was not
>>>having any luck getting the pattern matching to strip the characters.
>>>Please let me know if anyone knows a way to do this in a batch file.
>
>
> I'd use CKRename (a free tool that's great at that sort of thing)
> interactively, but that's not batch file automation.
>
> On batch files, I'd create a disposable set of files and try something
> like Ren ????*.* *.* to see if that would work... nope.
>
> OK, next is to look up the For statement, especially the NT
> enhancements to it - it can do pretty kewl things now. Let's see...
>
> http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/window...
>
> You can use For to parse all files in a dir, or an entire subtree.
> That gets you the file( name)s, but I still can't see how to parse the
> strings.

Here's one way:

@echo off
set tst=12345678
:: Display the 5th and 6t character
echo %tst:~4,2%
:: Display all characters from the 5th character
echo %tst:~4%



> So I'd Google for a suitable command line utility...
>
> http://www.google.co.za/search?q=command+line+file+rena...
>
> Lots of tools, but not sure which can be used from batch files.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>>------------ ----- ---- --- -- - - - -
>
> The most accurate diagnostic instrument
> in medicine is the Retrospectoscope
>
>>------------ ----- ---- --- -- - - - -


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torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting and WMI, Porsgrunn Norway
Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/default.m...
Anonymous
August 15, 2005 2:05:42 AM

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On Sun, 14 Aug 2005 19:46:51 +0200, "Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)"
>cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user) wrote:
>>>"EricP" <EricP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

>@echo off
>set tst=12345678
>:: Display the 5th and 6t character
>echo %tst:~4,2%
>:: Display all characters from the 5th character
>echo %tst:~4%

Arsome, dude! Where did you find that? I didn't see it in...

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/window...

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/window...

....etc.? Got any more?



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Anonymous
August 15, 2005 2:20:22 AM

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cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user) wrote:

> "Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)" wrote:
>
>>@echo off
>>set tst=12345678
>>:: Display the 5th and 6t character
>>echo %tst:~4,2%
>>:: Display all characters from the 5th character
>>echo %tst:~4%
>
>
> Arsome, dude! Where did you find that? I didn't see it in...
>
> http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/window...
>
> http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/window...
>
> ...etc.? Got any more?
>
Hi,

I guess I have picked it up from posts in the newsgroup
microsoft.public.win2000.cmdprompt.admin

Running set /? in a command prompt will give you more on this.



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Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/default.m...
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