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[Resolved] Make x number of copies of a file?

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FileCopy ** seems to be able to make only one copy of a file. How can we make, say, 15 or 25, or whatever, number of copies? Every once in a while, it's just easier to do that and then delete the unwanted parts to get the individual files (i.e., in the case of a merge).

But how to easily create copies without doing it via Ctrl+C then manually repeating Ctrl+V until # of copies needed is reached?

Thanks! <g>

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FileCopy ( "source", "dest" [, flag] )

Parameters

source The source path of the file(s) to copy. Wildcards are supported.

dest The destination path of the copied file(s).

flag [optional] this flag determines whether to overwrite files if they already exist.

Can be a combination of the following:

0 = (default) do not overwrite existing files

1 = overwrite existing files

8 = Create destination directory structure if it doesn't exist (See Remarks).

Edited by Diana (Cda)

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Diana (Cda),

Did you think of trying a simple loop? It often proves to be the solution when you need to repeat things a number of times:

For $i = 1 To $However_many_copies_you_want
    FileCopy("source", "The_New_Filename_" & StringFormat("%02i", $i), 1)
Next

M23


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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

Diana (Cda),

Did you think of trying a simple loop? It often proves to be the solution when you need to repeat things a number of times:

For $i = 1 To $However_many_copies_you_want
    FileCopy("source", "The_New_Filename_" & StringFormat("%02i", $i), 1)
Next

M23

I did think of that and I tried it but I didn't know how to add the incremental numbering at the end. Thanks for your example. Also, your looping syntax is much more efficient than what I had. I will change what I have in tips folder for your better code.

The above example allowed me to make this script:

#cs
FileCopy ( "source", "dest" [, flag] )

Parameters:
    source          The source path of the file(s) to copy. Wildcards are supported. 
    dest            The destination path of the copied file(s). 
    flag [optional] this flag determines whether to overwrite files if they already exist.
                    Can be a combination of the following:
                    0 = (default) do not overwrite existing files
                    1 = overwrite existing files
                    8 = Create destination directory structure if it doesn't exist (See Remarks). 
#ce


;=============================
$Number_of_copies_to_Make = 43
;=============================


For $i = 1 To $Number_of_copies_to_Make
    FileCopy(@ScriptDir & "\zMerge- Asset Screening ltr- 2009.03.12.Th., 13h59.doc", @ScriptDir & "\Ltr- " & StringFormat("%02i", $i) & ".doc", 1)
Next
I went through the MS Office newsgroups and there seems to be no way to easily get a merge to split the end result into the individual files. Though I can now do well enough in AI, I do not do well at all in VB and that was only way to customize a Word letter merge so that the output would be the individual files. Since I must email each file to the appropriate person, it is necessary to send only the individual letter, naturally. This script has allowed me to create the number of copies needed and now I'll just manually delete the unwanted letters in each copy so that I end up with one letter per person.

Thanks. This is really appreciated. <g>

Edited by Diana (Cda)

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