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I have a folder with a multitude of files, and I have a list (txt) of specific files which I want to copy from this folder.

It will go something like this: For each filename: cp (filename in folder) to (filename in new_folder)

How can I do the above using batch script?

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Does cd folder copy *.txt newfolder work? – Hennes Nov 5 '12 at 14:08
No, I'm not trying to copy every *.txt file, but I have a txt file which contains a list of desired files I want to copy. – drum Nov 5 '12 at 14:13
You have similar answer and question [here][1] [1]:… – mno2014 Nov 5 '12 at 14:43
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Iterate over the text file:

for /f "delims=" %%L in (foo.txt) do

Copy the files:

copy "%%L" new_folder


for /f "delims=" %%L in (foo.txt) do copy "%%L" new_folder
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Which should be my current folder when running this? – drum Nov 5 '12 at 14:11
So for your script I need to be in the folder with all of the files. I noticed that the batch doesn't work unless I have everything in one single line. – drum Nov 5 '12 at 14:28
Worked great. I put the single-line batch file and foo.txt in the same folder as the files to be copied. I generated foo.txt with dir /b > foo.txt – Tiberia Jun 7 '15 at 16:46
@Tiberia, why would you bother with the text file in that case? Just use for %%F in (*) do copy "%%F" new_folder instead (or directly on the command line by replacing %%F with %F). However, in that case you can also use plain copy: copy * new_folder. – Joey Jun 8 '15 at 6:10
@Joey - Because I only wanted to copy certain files in that folder (which had hundreds of files.) I generated a list of files, edited the list, and used this batch to copy them. – Tiberia Jun 8 '15 at 16:30

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