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    Nov 2011

    Swapping files with a batch command


    I have a batch file that I am trying to simply swap files in one directory with another directory. For example, I have two directories (Test and Test2)...

    In my batch file, I wrote

    move "H:\Test\*" "H:\Test2\"
    move "H:\Test2\*" "H:\Test\"

    However, this moves the files in the "Test" directory into the "Test2" directory, then moves all those files from "Test2" to "Test".
    Now all files are in "Test"

    How can I make it simply swap directories?

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    Dec 2012

    Re: Swapping files with a batch command

    Use the rename command. Make sure that the folder testswap doesn't exist first. This doesn't swap the files but renames the directories so it appears that the files have been swapped. Note that the destination name doesn't take a drive qualifier.

    ren h:\test testswap
    ren h:\test2 test
    ren h:\testswap test2
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