Exercise 2: Create a Production Batch File
 
 
 

This example shows how to export DWG files across multiple folders at a time. It uses an enhanced batch file that includes error detection and logging.

The batch file receives three parameters each time it is executed:

Using a Log File

The log file captures the entire command window for each DWG file. It uses the AutoCAD command copyhist, which moves the command window history to the system clipboard. This example uses winclip.exe, a free open-source tool, to paste it to the log file.

Using an Outer Batch File

You can call the batch file from an "outer" batch file: a master batch file that contains only calls to the subordinate batch file, providing the parameters.

For example, suppose you have drawings for three cities. If the batch operation exports a folder of drawings for one city, the outer batch file might contain the following:

batchexport Redding\DWGs Redding\SDFs Redding\DefExport.epf
batchexport Spokane\DWGs Spokane\SDFs Spokane\DefExport.epf
batchexport Dubuque\DWGs Dubuque\SDFs Dubuque\DefExport.epf
NoteTo use this method, you must specify a different export.log for each call, or you must move the line if exist export.log del export.log to the outer batch file. Otherwise each call overwrites the previous log.

Sample Production Batch File

The following sample production batch file is called batchexport.bat. Create it in Notepad, as you did in the previous procedures.

@echo off
setlocal
rem Get and verify the command parameters
set srcDir=%1
set outDir=%2
set defEpf=%3
if '%srcDir%' == '' goto usage
if '%outDir%' == '' goto usage
if '%defEpf%' == '' goto usage
if not exist %srcDir% (
echo Source Directory "%srcDir%" not found.
goto done
)
if not exist %srcDir%\*.dwg (
echo No DWG files found in "%srcDir%".
goto done
)
if not exist %outDir% (
echo Destination Directory "%outDir%" not found.
goto done
)
if not exist %defEpf% (echo Default Export Profile "%defEpf%" not found.
goto done
)
if exist export.log del export.log
rem Loop through the DWGs, exporting each
for %%f in (%srcDir%\*.dwg) do (
if exist %outDir%\%%~nf.sdf del %outDir%\%%~nf.sdf
echo. >> export.log
echo ******* EXPORTING %%f TO %outDir%\%%~nf.sdf ******* >> export.log
echo ******* EXPORTING %%f TO %outDir%\%%~nf.sdf *******
rem Create the Export Script ...
echo _-mapexport> export.scr
echo FDO_SDF>> export.scr
echo %outDir%\%%~nf.sdf>> export.scr
echo _yes>> export.scr
if exist %%~df%%~pf%%~nf.epf (
rem Use a profile that has the same name as the DWG
echo %%~df%%~pf%%~nf.epf>> export.scr
) else (
rem Use the default profile 
echo %defEpf%>> export.scr
)
echo _proceed>> export.scr
echo _copyhist>> export.scr
echo _quit>> export.scr
"C:\Program Files\AutoCAD Map 3D 2009\acad.exe" %%f /nologo /b export.scr
winclip -p >> export.log
)
goto done
:usage
echo USAGE: %0 [sourceDir] [destDir] [defaultExportProfile]
echo example: %0 Redding\dwgs Redding\sdfs Redding\defExport.epf
:done

Where you are now

You created an enhanced batch file with error detection and logging to export DWG files across multiple folders at a time.