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Need to write a batch file that moves files based on name

#1 Post by chbck » 28 Jan 2015 03:51

My music directory is a mess. I want to write a batch file that will list the files in my "music" folder and move those files to the corresponding folders that bear their name.

For instance: In "music" I have 10 tracks from BandA, 15 tracks from BandB, and 4 tracks from BandC. I will manually create folders called BandA, BandB, and BandC, and I want a batch file that can analyze the list of tracks and move each file to their folders based on the name of the bands.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Need to write a batch file that moves files based on nam

#2 Post by Squashman » 28 Jan 2015 07:14

Need to see the format of the file names before we could write any script for you.

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Re: Need to write a batch file that moves files based on nam

#3 Post by chbck » 28 Jan 2015 08:07

Sorry about that.

The filenames would be:
BandA - Song Name 1.mp3
BandA - Song 1.mp3
BandA - Name of song1.mp3
BandB - Name of song2mp3
BandB - Name1.mp3
BandC - Name of song3.mp3
and so on...

Basically, random combinations of things because they are all song titles. But, they all follow the Band Name - Song title.mp3 naming convention.

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Re: Need to write a batch file that moves files based on nam

#4 Post by foxidrive » 29 Jan 2015 08:48

chbck wrote:Sorry about that.

The filenames would be:
BandA - Song Name 1.mp3
BandA - Song 1.mp3
BandA - Name of song1.mp3
BandB - Name of song2mp3
BandB - Name1.mp3
BandC - Name of song3.mp3
and so on...

Basically, random combinations of things because they are all song titles. But, they all follow the Band Name - Song title.mp3 naming convention.


If BandA B or C contain - characters then the code has to handle that. There are other situations where the names can break the code...

See here: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6108

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Re: Need to write a batch file that moves files based on nam

#5 Post by penpen » 29 Jan 2015 11:23

This may help you (untested):

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@for /D %%a in (*) do @(2>nul move "%%~a*" "%%~a")


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Re: Need to write a batch file that moves files based on nam

#6 Post by Squashman » 29 Jan 2015 11:47

penpen wrote:This may help you (untested):

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@for /D %%a in (*) do @(2>nul move "%%~a*" "%%~a")


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I like that. That should be fairly foolproof.

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Re: Need to write a batch file that moves files based on nam

#7 Post by foxidrive » 29 Jan 2015 18:09

penpen wrote:This may help you (untested):

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@for /D %%a in (*) do @(2>nul move "%%~a*" "%%~a")


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penpen, how is that going to move files into folders?

EDIT: Oh, he manually created all the band name folders - didn't see that bit.

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Re: Need to write a batch file that moves files based on nam

#8 Post by julesverne » 29 Jan 2015 21:26

@for /D %%a in (*) do @(2>nul move "%%~a*" "%%~a")


what does the "@" symbol do? I tried googling that, I don't get it.

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Re: Need to write a batch file that moves files based on nam

#9 Post by penpen » 30 Jan 2015 00:00

The command line interpreter has an echoing feature, which could be switched on (default) and off.
If this feature is enabled the command line interpreter:
- typically displays the full Path (for example "C:\temp>") within the shell.
- echoes a command before this command is executed.

In a batch program the @ character in front of a command tells the command line interpreter not to echo this command before executing it.

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Re: Need to write a batch file that moves files based on nam

#11 Post by Samir » 02 Feb 2015 10:31

It's cool how @ can be put on the command line in modern DOS/Command line. I don't think you were able to do that back in the 3.3-5.0 days.

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Re: Need to write a batch file that moves files based on nam

#12 Post by foxidrive » 02 Feb 2015 16:01

Samir wrote:It's cool how @ can be put on the command line in modern DOS/Command line. I don't think you were able to do that back in the 3.3-5.0 days.

Download a dos boot disk, and maybe put it on a USB stick with the right tools, and try it.

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Re: Need to write a batch file that moves files based on nam

#13 Post by Samir » 03 Feb 2015 06:09

foxidrive wrote:
Samir wrote:It's cool how @ can be put on the command line in modern DOS/Command line. I don't think you were able to do that back in the 3.3-5.0 days.

Download a dos boot disk, and maybe put it on a USB stick with the right tools, and try it.
I remember it working in batch, but not command line. Have you had a different experience?

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