|I am trying to write a batch file that will iterate through the files in a folder. As soon as it hits the 4th one (and subsequent ones) it will move that file to a sub directory "OLD." Since I order the DIR command by date it will only leave the 3 newest files untouched in the folder.|
here is what I have...
FOR /F "tokens=*" %%A IN ('DIR c:\AVI\*.AVI /b /a-d /o-d') do (
SET /a I+=1
IF %I% GTR 3 ( MOVE "%%A" OLD )
echo count = %I%
The problem is that for some reason the value of %I% stays unchanged until after the FOR loop is completed. Within the loop the echo statement ECHO I=%I% always returns 'I=0'. Since %I% is zero the conditional never executes the MOVE command.
Strangely, after the loop exits the %I% variable suddenly decides to co-operate and returns the proper file count. There are 5 files in the folder so the echo command returns 'count = 5'
can someone fix this? or give me an alternative solution?