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Moving all files AND directories

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#1 ·  Posted (edited)

I'm sure this is a dumb question, but I haven't been able to find any easy answer. Let's say I have two directories on my system named C:\test1\ and C:\test2\. Now, I'd like to move the contents of test1 to test2. How exactly am I supposed to do that?

The most logical answer seems to be the filemove() and/or dirmove() functions, but neither do what I want. For example:

$source = 'C:\test1'
$dest = 'C:\test2'

; does nothing
dirmove($source, $dest, 0)

; moves test1 under test2
dirmove($source, $dest, 1)

; only moves files, not directories
filemove($source, $dest, 0)
filemove($source, $dest, 1)
filemove($source & '\*', $dest, 0)
filemove($source & '\*', $dest, 1)

; does nothing
dirmove($source & '\*', $dest, 0)
dirmove($source & '\*', $dest, 1)

dirmove($source, $dest, 1) comes the closest, but I just want the contents of the directory moved, not the directory itself.

The way I've handled this in the past is to do a filemove() to move all files, then a filefindnextfile() while loop to get the name of each subdirectory and run individual dirmove()'s on those subdirectories. It works fine, but just seems terribly complicated for such a seemingly simple task.

Any thoughts on this?

Edited by nitro322

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#2 ·  Posted (edited)

You want everything in the directory moved, but not the directory itself? Ok:

$source = 'C:\test1'
$dest = 'C:\test2'

Dirmove($source, $dest, 1)
DirCreate($source)

I believe that is what you want if i understood correctly?

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Did you try FileFind* and use wild cards to find all files (*.*), and then FileMove in a For loop? That way you never actually tamper with the directory folder. (That's probably what DirMove does in part, I haven't looked at the source)


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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

You want everything in the directory moved, but not the directory itself? Ok:

$source = 'C:\test1'
$dest = 'C:\test2'

Dirmove($source, $dest, 1)
DirCreate($source)

Edit: Fixed a logic error in the code.

Edited by nitro322

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#5 ·  Posted (edited)

From the helpfile:

If the destination already exists and the overwrite flag is specified then the source directory will be moved inside the destination.

Dammit, i didn't see that. That is terrible. I can't believe that it would do that. There should be a third option to allow it to simply overwrite the directory.

In the mean time, you can just do it this way i would assume:

$source = 'C:\test1'
$dest = 'C:\test2'
If DirCopy($source,$dest,1) Then DirRemove($source,1)
Edited by The Kandie Man

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