I am looking to find a file with the contents 'Radiac' in one particular folder and then move all those files to a another folder.

For example: I have might have 3 identical file-names with different extensions like below. Let's say, the content Radiac is only in the jones.pdf file. What I want is a batch script that finds this specific content and then moves all the 3 file-names? I hope that makes sense. I'm new to windows batch scripting.


How can I do this?

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    I think you would be better off with powerscript, python, or perl for this. You will also need to find a library or tool that can spit raw text out of a pdf. PDF is a specific format, not just text. This will be almost impossible to do with just batch. Seems like a stack overflow question to me. – Eddie Dunn Nov 30 '15 at 21:03
  • Hi Eddie, Thanks for the response. In this case, the .pdf document is searchable. However, to simplify things lets say it is the jones.txt file instead of the jones.pdf file. What I am looking to do is find the filename with this specific content then xcopy this filename.*.* and its associated extensions to another folder. – JohnNg Nov 30 '15 at 21:19
  • @B.Ng filename.*.* do you really mean this (It doesn't match your example filenames)? Or do you mean filename.*? – DavidPostill Dec 1 '15 at 9:20

If you want to use just batch and you are ok with the pdf support not being there.

Try This:

for /f "delims=" %%a in ('findstr /m /c:"Radiac" *') do xcopy "%%~na.*" "C:\path\to\your\folder"
  • I'm not sure how exactly to use this command. Do you mind explaining how it works? – JohnNg Nov 30 '15 at 21:39
  • It would probably be easiest to place the two lines in a .bat file and then run it from the directory that has the files you want to search. You will also need to change "c:\path\to\your\folder" to the path that you want the files to be copied into/ – Eddie Dunn Nov 30 '15 at 21:41
  • I have the 2 lines in the batch files. I've placed the batch file in the directory with the files I want to run. However, whenever I run it, I get "FINDSTR: Cannot open IN." IN is the directory with the files. – JohnNg Nov 30 '15 at 21:59
  • Hi Eddie, I appreciate the help. I changed the extension to include all files and it worked. For some reason StackExchange does not show asterisks. Now I just how to figure out copying files with the .pdf extension. – JohnNg Nov 30 '15 at 22:13
  • Ahh sorry about that! Glad you figured it out. – Eddie Dunn Nov 30 '15 at 22:18

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