Windos 7 DIR get too many files

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Erik Bachmann
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Windos 7 DIR get too many files

#1 Post by Erik Bachmann » 20 Mar 2015 04:28

This command took me by surprise:

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m:\flac\Adele\19>DIR /B "01*.*"
01 Adele - Daydreamer.flac
08 Adele - Right as Rain.flac

I did only expect the "daydreamer" line.
Likewise:

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m:\flac\Adele\21>DIR /B "01*.*"
01 Adele - Rolling in the Deep.flac
05 Adele - Set Fire to the Rain.flac

What am I missing here??

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Re: Windos 7 DIR get too many files

#2 Post by foxidrive » 20 Mar 2015 04:33

DIR matches the short filename too. It starts with 01 in your case.

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dir /x


will show you.

Erik Bachmann
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Re: Windos 7 DIR get too many files

#3 Post by Erik Bachmann » 20 Mar 2015 23:23

Bingo! And DIR cannot surpress short file names - only surpress the long names.

So forfiles can do the trick:

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forfiles /s /M "*1*.*" /c "cmd /c ECHO:@RELPATH"

I'd whish that "Windos" could learn from *nix: Don't hide your tricks - do exactly what you're asked to do. :roll:

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Re: Windos 7 DIR get too many files

#4 Post by foxidrive » 21 Mar 2015 06:21

You can also do this:

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DIR /B "01*.*"|findstr "^01"


It is a pretty glaring problem that should have been rectified with a switch to include or exclude short filenames.

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