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Using a Batch For backing up a directory (Chrome). I'm using the native Windows Schedule Task Manager to ping, run the file (working great). However, if I go to bed (forgetting to shut down Chrome), naturally I don't get a full backup.

Therefore, I added the else if, however if I do shut down Chrome, the file runs, but it's rather "Dirty". How can I add an "if not"? Do I nest it inside the else if?

Here's what I'm running, again it works (regardless of if Chrome is shut down or not), but not "clean". I would like to make it clean, i.e. by showing an error like "Chrome does not Exist".

    set drive=C:
    echo ### Killing Chrome Task
    taskkill  /F /IM chrome.exe /T
    PING -n 1 -w 60000 >NUL
    :: variables 
    set drive=E:\BrowserBackups\Chrome
    set folder=%DATE:~4,2%_%DATE:~7,2%_%DATE:~10,4%_%RANDOM%
    set backupcmd=xcopy /C/E/H/I/R/K/Y
    echo ### Backing up directory...
    %backupcmd% "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome"

Not sure where to put the "IF NOT EXISTS" command.

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Can't you use Windows PowerShell? – Aluísio A. S. G. Jan 1 '13 at 20:32
What on earth is this? IF EXIST CHROME COMMAND <-- What is that? You have a filename called CHROME with no extension? and you want to run a command if the file CHROME exists, and your command is called COMMAND. What is this?! – barlop Jan 1 '13 at 20:37
I don't think the ELSE you have works the way you think it does. But the ELSE is what you're looking for now. – Ben Voigt Jan 1 '13 at 20:38
@BenVoigt yes you're right it should be ) ELSE ( <--- see if /? So ELSE on the same line as the closing brace of the prior IF – barlop Jan 1 '13 at 20:39
@barlop: the command named COMMAND might be COMMAND.COM. These days it should be invoked as CMD, but the old name is still there. – Ben Voigt Jan 1 '13 at 20:40

Structure your batch file like this:

@echo off
tasklist /fi "imagename eq chrome.exe" 2>NUL | find /c /i "chrome.exe">NUL
if [%errorlevel%]==[0] (
    echo Chrome is running!
    echo Kill it and then backup settings.
) else (
    echo Chrome is not running!
    echo Can backup settings now.
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I'd suggest that the "backup settings" part should follow the end of the if-else, since it should execute in either case. – Ben Voigt Jan 1 '13 at 21:26
@BenVoigt: I guess... But going by the OP's comment that he would like a "clean" backup (i.e. when Chrome's not running), I figured the above would be best. Anyway, the important bit's the chrome.exe running-or-not check and proper if-else loop, rest can be modified by him as per his needs. – Karan Jan 1 '13 at 23:00

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