I have a robocopy script to back up our Kiln repositories that runs nightly, which looks something like this:

robocopy "$liveRepoLocation" "$cloneRepoLocation" /MIR /MT /W:3 /R:100 /LOG:"$backupLogLocation\BackupKiln.txt" /NFL /NDL /NP

In the output, there are a ton of lines that contain "Extra file"s, like this:

*EXTRA File              153    E:\Kiln Backup\elasticsearch\data\elasticsearch-kiln\nodes\0\indices\kiln-2\0\index\_yxe.fdt
*EXTRA File               12    E:\Kiln Backup\elasticsearch\data\elasticsearch-kiln\nodes\0\indices\kiln-2\0\index\_yxe.fdx
*EXTRA File              128    E:\Kiln Backup\elasticsearch\data\elasticsearch-kiln\nodes\0\indices\kiln-2\0\index\_yxe.fnm
*EXTRA File              363    E:\Kiln Backup\elasticsearch\data\elasticsearch-kiln\nodes\0\indices\kiln-2\0\index\_yxe.frq
*EXTRA File               13    E:\Kiln Backup\elasticsearch\data\elasticsearch-kiln\nodes\0\indices\kiln-2\0\index\_yxe.nrm

Additionally, there are then hundreds of lines at the bottom that contain nothing but "100%"s, like this:


In addition to making the log files enormous (there are a lot of folders/files in Kiln repos), it makes it annoying to scan through the logs now and then to see if everything was working ok.

  1. How do I stop "Extra Files" appearing in the log? (edit: the whole rows, not just the text as /NC will stop)
  2. How do I stop these silly "100%" lines appearing in the log?

I've tried every combination of switch I can think of (the current switches are listed above in the command), but neither seem to hide these!

  • According to ss64.com/nt/robocopy.html it should be working. Have you tried changing the params order to mirror the documentation? That would be: /L /NP /LOG:file /UNILOG:file /LOG+:file /UNILOG+:file /TS /FP /NS /NC /NFL /NDL /TEE /NJH /NJS – Luiz Angelo Nov 28 '12 at 10:20

Just noticed you are missing a /NC there.

/NC: No Class - don’t log file classes.

Class files are... What does robocopy mean by tweaked, lonely and extra?

So I'd try: robocopy "$liveRepoLocation" "$cloneRepoLocation" /MIR /MT /W:3 /R:100 /NP /LOG:"$backupLogLocation\BackupKiln.txt" /NC

Edit 1

My bad. Didn't see you had already mentioned trying /NC

I've tested here. It seems that the /MIR option ignores the logging options. Also /MT messes it up, adding the 100%.

The only way I got working was

D:\robocopy>robocopy source destination /MIR /W:3 /R:100 /NS /NC /NFL /NDL /NP /LOG:log.txt".

*It actually works with /MIR. But you have to specify /NFL and /NDL.* Don't know if that's acceptable for you.

If you try /MT, it will still show the silly 100%

Edit 2

I know the question was about Robocopy but I think you should give RichCopy a try http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.04.utilityspotlight.aspx

Here's the command line:

richcopy "D:\robocopy\source" "D:\robocopy\destination" /P /QO /QP "D:\robocopy\report.log" /UE /US /UD /UPC /UFC /USC /UPR /UET

It starts RichCopy's GUI and closes when done.

And here's the log

28/11/2012 11:35:19,0,Copy start,

28/11/2012 11:35:20,0,Source path : D:\robocopy\source,

28/11/2012 11:35:20,0,Destination path : d:\robocopy\destination,

28/11/2012 11:35:20,0,Source file count : 12 files,

28/11/2012 11:35:20,0,Copied file count : 13 files,

28/11/2012 11:35:20,0,Purged file count : 1,224 files,

28/11/2012 11:35:20,0,Elapsed time : 00:00:01,

28/11/2012 11:35:20,0,Average performance : 1,641,528 bytes / sec,

28/11/2012 11:35:20,0,Average performance : 13 files / sec,

28/11/2012 11:35:20,0,Copy complete,D:\robocopy\source

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    /NC just removes the "Extra File" column, so the text isn't shown. The rest of the line is still included. I don't want the line at all; I just want the summary :( – Danny Tuppeny Nov 28 '12 at 12:31
  • My bad. Didn't see you had already mentioned that. I've tested here. It seems that the /MIR option ignores the logging options. Also /MT messes it up. The only way I got working was " D:\robocopy>robocopy source destination /MIR /W:3 /R:100 /NS /NC /NFL /NDL /NP /LOG:log.txt". If you try /MT, it will still show the silly 100%. – Luiz Angelo Nov 28 '12 at 13:18
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    The 100%'s are the worst part (far more of them than extra files); didn't realised it was MT doing this, so might remove that if it's not giving a huge benefit! – Danny Tuppeny Nov 28 '12 at 13:36
  • Marking this as correct as it's a solution to the 100%'s, and I don't think there's a solution to the "Extra file" logging with /MIR :( – Danny Tuppeny Nov 28 '12 at 13:39
  • I just edited my original answer. Just posting a new comment so you won't miss it. – Luiz Angelo Nov 28 '12 at 13:41

The /XX option excludes the extra files from being listed. Perversely, this option is listed in File Selection options, not Logging. It is the opposite of the /X logging option, I guess.

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    I believe /XX prevents you from selecting the extra files, and /X is just for logging, but allows you display EVEN MORE extra files ! The /XX did the trick for me. – sonjz Jul 28 '15 at 23:54
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    -1, because /XX leaves the extra file on the destination, instead of deleting it, as expected of the mirroring process. – mark Sep 30 '18 at 2:44
  • As above - /XX negates the /MIR switch in that it leaves extra files in the destination and therefore isn't a mirror anymore – munrobasher Jun 1 '20 at 10:45

I think this may work:

robocopy sourceDir targetDir *.* /njh /njs /ndl /np | find /v "*EXTRA File"

So just pipe the output to "find" with the /V for excluding lines which contain the specified text "*Extra File".

  • How to exclude the % progress (0 to 100% counter) from the log only (but still visible on the console)? – PeterCo Jul 27 '16 at 8:55
  • +1 This is a brilliant answer! – bat_cmd Jun 11 at 12:28

how about using the switches

 /MIR /MT /W:3 /R:100 /NFL /NDL /NP 2>&1 | findstr /v /L /C:" * EXTRA " | findstr /v /L /C:"100%%" > "log file name with or without path"

so you have

robocopy "$liveRepoLocation" "$cloneRepoLocation" /MIR /MT /W:3 /R:100 /NFL /NDL /NP 2>&1 | findstr /v /L /C:" * EXTRA " | findstr /v /L /C:"100%%" > "$backupLogLocation\BackupKiln.txt"
  • the double %% is required to have a % in the search string
  • the 2>&1 redirects the stderr stream to stdout because some messages are written to stderr and we want to capture those lines like the /LOG switch does.
  • the 2 findstr commands with the /v switch finds all lines that do not contain the search string
  • the > "log filename" redirects the final output to your log file. If you would normally use /LOG:+ then use >> "log filename" instead

Notes: if you are using this in a powershell script, like you seem to be, you need to use findstr instead of find like you can in a .bat or .cmd file. Note the /L and /C: are not supported by find but for the find command they are not required.

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