On some Windows environments (Windows 7 and Windows Vista), I have some scripts running and one of the things those scripts are doing, is trying to copy files. The results of those commands are logged in a logfile.

While looking into that logfile, I've just seen the following result:

The system cannot find the path specified.

This obviously is not very helpful (which file does he try to copy, to which directory, ...), so I would like to replace the existing copy commands by xcopy or other commands (in order to use the xcopy /F flag, which shows all files and directories of the xcopy command), but there is a catch: when I simply replace copy by xcopy then the non-existing directory gets created, which I don't want (and I don't find a xcopy flag to prevent this), so now my question becomes:

Is there a commandline command which tries to copy a file to a directory, which shows the files/directories he's copying but which does not create a destination directory in case it does not exist?


  • It's giving information indeed, but so is a normal xcopy without the preceeding echo, in top of that it's also creating the %dest1% directory, which I don't want. – Dominique Aug 31 '16 at 12:32

I'd script that like

copy %file% %dest% || echo copy of %file% failed>>logfile.log

which logs a message when copy returns an error (errorlevel <> 0).

  • I was looking for some kind of parameter, switch, robocopy example but this will do the trick too. :-) Thanks. – Dominique Aug 29 '16 at 11:19

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