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I have a single-line script that copies all ".ext1" files from current folder to destination folder recursively:

xcopy *.ext1 D:\dest /s /d /y

It works perfectly.

Now I want to copy all *.ext2 as well. Instead of copy-pasting (that works fine):

xcopy *.ext1 D:\dest /s /d /y
xcopy *.ext2 D:\dest /s /d /y

I want to use a for command:

for %%f in (*.ext1 *.ext2) do xcopy %%f D:\dest /s /d /y

but it does not work:

  1. It does not copy subdirs of source folder
  2. It does not copy files with names with spaces like "read me.ext1"

I tried to use a /R key:

for /R %%f in (*.ext1 *.ext2) do xcopy %%f D:\dest /s /d /y

but it resulted in copying subdir source files into the root folder of dest. And names with spaces did not go.

What is a correct form of the for command would be?

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for use with filenames with spaces use ...xcopy "%%f%" ... –  Stephan May 5 '13 at 10:48

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try this:

for %%f in (.ext1 .ext2) do xcopy *%%f D:\dest /s /d /y
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As far as I can tell your only option is to call xcopy multiple times. If you want to have some kind of code-reuse I see two options:

Define the paramters as variables and use them:

set dest=d:\dest
set options=/s /d /y

xcopy *.ext1 %dest% %options%
xcopy *.ext2 %dest% %options%

or create a sub-program to do the copying:

call :do_copy ext1
call :do_copy ext2

goto :eof

:do_copy
   xcopy *.%1 d:\dest /s /d /y
   goto :eof
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You can't include wildcards in a regular for because they will always get expanded (or ignored if there is no match). If Endoro's answer doesn't work for you, you can read the list of wildcards from a file, or from the output of a command. Example:

for /f %%f in ('echo *.ext1 ^& echo *.ext2') do xcopy %%f D:\dest /s /y
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