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Assorted NT/2000/XP/.. CMD.EXE Script Tricks
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This page is edited from the 1cmdfaq.txt faq-file contained in my tscmd.zip command line interface (CLI) collection. That zipped file has much additional material, including a number of detached .cmd script files. It is recommended that you also get the zipped version as a companion.

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8} How do I find all the files made at or after YYYYMMDD HHMM?

Let us start with the easier task of finding and copying all the files made today. Be forewarned, though. It is slow.
  @echo off & setlocal enableextensions
  set TargetFolder=C:\Whatever
  if not exist "%TargetFolder%" (
    echo Target folder "%TargetFolder%" not found
    goto :EOF)
  :: Get the date elements (see FAQ Item #1)
  :: The date presentation assumes DD.MM.YYYY (else customize)
  for /f "tokens=1-3 delims=./-" %%a in ("%date%") do (
    set dd_=%%a
    set mm_=%%b
    set yyyy_=%%c)
  set dd_=0%dd_%
  set dd_=%dd_:~-2%
  set xcdate_=%mm_%-%dd_%-%yyyy_%
  :: Test the copying. When done, remove the test switch /L
  :: Customize the target s:\
  for /f "tokens=*" %%d in ('dir "C:\*.*" /s /b /a:-d-s-h') do (
    xcopy /L /p /v /f /d:%xcdate_% "%%~fd" "%TargetFolder%\"
  endlocal & goto :EOF

Then lets move to the more demanding task of finding the files made at or after YYYYMMDD HHMM
  @echo off & setlocal enableextensions disabledelayedexpansion
  :: Where to start from? Some options to customize!
  set MyRoot=%USERPROFILE%\My Documents
  set MyRoot=C:\_F
  if not exist "%MyRoot%\" (
    echo Start folder "%MyRoot%" not found
    goto :EOF)
  if not "%1"=="" goto _ask
  :: The usage help
  :: Note below the need of the escape character (^) because
  :: parentheses are special characters
  echo Usage: %~f0 SinceDateAs:YYYYMMDD [SinceTimeAs:HHMN]
  echo For example: %~f0 20031116 0900
  echo              %~f0 today 0900
  echo              %~f0 today ^(the time defaults to 00:00^)
  echo Careful, minimal error checking!
  goto :EOF
  echo This might take some time.
  set ask_=
  set /p ask_="Run anyway [Y/n]?"
  if /i "%ask_%"=="n" goto :EOF
  if not "%ask_%"=="" if /i not "%ask_%"=="y" goto _ask2
  :: Get today's date elements
  :: The date presentation assumes DD.MM.YYYY (else customize)
  set dd_=%date:~0,2%
  set mm_=%date:~3,2%
  set yyyy_=%date:~6,4%
  :: Process the user's parameters
  set cutdate_=%1
  if /i "%cutdate_%"=="today" set cutdate_=%yyyy_%%mm_%%dd_%
  if "%2"=="" (
    set cutime_=0000
    ) ELSE (
    set cutime_=%2)
  :: Do some trivial parameter checking (optional)
  set ParamError=
  if "%cutdate_:~7,1%"=="" set ParamError=true
  echo %cutdate_%|findstr "[^0-9]">nul
  if %errorlevel% EQU 0 set ParamError=true
  if "%cutime_:~3,1%"=="" set ParamError=true
  echo %cutime_%|findstr "[^0-9]">nul
  if %errorlevel% EQU 0 set ParamError=true
  if defined ParamError (
    echo Error in the parameters %cutdate_% %cutime_%
    goto :EOF)
  :: Traverse the folder trees
  if exist "%temp%\TODAY.DIR" del "%temp%\TODAY.DIR"
  echo Date     Time       Size Name
  for /f "tokens=*" %%f in (
    'dir "%MyRoot%\*.*" /s /b /-c /a:-d-s-h') do (
    call :ListFileIfSince "%%~ff"
  :: Display the results optionally redirected to "%temp%\TODAY.DIR"
  sort "%temp%\TODAY.DIR"| more
  :: Delete the results file if you so wish
  del /p "%temp%\TODAY.DIR"
  endlocal & goto :EOF
  :: ====================================================================
  :: Subroutine: Get the file's information and compare the datetimestamp
  setlocal enableextensions disabledelayedexpansion
  set filename_=%1
  for %%a in (%filename_%) do (
    set fdate_=%%~tf
    set fattr_=%%~af
    set fsize_=%%~zf
  call :RightJustify10 %fsize_% fsize_
  for /f "tokens=1-5 delims=./-: " %%a in ("%fdate_%") do (
    set fdd_=%%a
    set fmm_=%%b
    set fyyyy_=%%c
    set fhh_=%%d
    set fmn_=%%e
  if %fyyyy_%%fmm_%%fdd_% LSS %cutdate_% goto :EOF
  if %fyyyy_%%fmm_%%fdd_% EQU %cutdate_% if %fhh_%%fmn_% LSS %cutime_% goto :EOF
  >>"%temp%\TODAY.DIR" echo %fyyyy_%%fmm_%%fdd_% %fhh_%%fmn_% %fsize_% %filename_%
  endlocal & goto :EOF
  :: =========================================================
  :: Subroutine: Pad a string to always be ten characters long
  :RightJustify10 number_ return_
  setlocal enableextensions disabledelayedexpansion
  set number_=         %1
  set return_=%number_:~-10%
  endlocal & set "%~2=%return_%" & goto :EOF

It is easy to see that by suitably customizing the last "echo" line you could perform many kinds of commands on those files. Or you could first direct the output as a safety to yet another script file for further inspection and editing. And so on.

The output might look something like this
  C:\_D\TEST>cmdfaq today 1000
  Date     Time       Size Name
  20080407 1020    1119035 "C:\_F\HAKEM\GARF\GARF_.ZIP"
  20080407 1023    1166358 "C:\_F\HAKEM\BERT\BERT_.ZIP"
  20080407 1048        970 "C:\_F\FHELP\TOBEDONE.TXT"
  20080407 1157      11115 "C:\_F\INF\TSCMDIDX.TXT"
  20080407 1157      33342 "C:\_F\INF\TSCMDNWS.TXT"
  20080407 2101     426766 "C:\_F\CMD\1CMDFAQ.TXT"

  C:\DOCUME~1\TS8C97~1.HUP\LOCALS~1\Temp\TODAY.DIR, Delete (Y/N)? y

One more thing. Consider the snippet
  for /f "tokens=*" %%f in (
    'dir "%MyRoot%\*.*" /s /b /-c /a:-d-s-h') do (
    call :ListFileIfSince "%%~ff"

You might wish to browse a different set of folders. E.g. I might have
  for /f "tokens=*" %%f in (
      'dir "C:\_D\*.*"
      /s /b /-c /a:-d-s-h') do (
    call :ListFileIfSince "%%~ff"

Also see RECENT.CMD and RECENT.VBS scripts included in the tscmd.zip package.

There is a special command FORFILES which also could be used to identify files made at and after a specified date in a folder. For example
  @echo off & setlocal enableextensions
  forfiles -p"C:\_D\TEST" -m"*.*" -d+12042009 -c"cmd /c echo @FDATE @PATH\@FILE"
  endlocal & goto :EOF

The output might be e.g.
  20120115 C:\_D\TEST\CMDFAQ.CMD
  20111206 C:\_D\TEST\CMDFAQ2.CMD
  20111010 C:\_D\TEST\My test file.txt
  .txt was unexpected at this time. [forfiles is intolerant of the potential poison characters]
  20100708 C:\_D\TEST\VBSFAQ.VBS
  20090412 C:\_D\TEST\VBSFAQ2.VBS

Similarly, one might want to know which files in a folder were last modified a hundred or more days ago:
  @echo off & setlocal enableextensions
  forfiles -p"C:\_D\TEST" -m"*.*" -d-100 -c"cmd /c echo @FDATE @PATH\@FILE"
  endlocal & goto :EOF

The output might be e.g.
  20060520 C:\_D\TEST\BATFAQ2.BAT
  20061010 C:\_D\TEST\BATFAQ.BAT
  20071226 C:\_D\TEST\TEST.CMD
  20080407 C:\_D\TEST\test
  20080408 C:\_D\TEST\test (4!).txt
  20080427 C:\_D\TEST\My test file2.txt
  20090216 C:\_D\TEST\broken.zip
  20090216 C:\_D\TEST\good.zip
  20090412 C:\_D\TEST\VBSFAQ2.VBS
  20100708 C:\_D\TEST\VBSFAQ.VBS

References/Comments: (If a Google message link fails try the links within the brackets.)
  Google Groups Feb 10 2004, 9:46 pm [M]
  FORFILES reference Downloading links