Hypatia — Command Line Tools — WITH
WITH is a Windows command line tool that lets you do whatever you can do from the command line, with all or with selected files in a folder. It can be seen as an alternative to the Windows FOR command, but takes a different approach.
Current version: 1.01 (April 4, 2023), download link see below.
This is a bugfix release, please update if you have an older version.
Executes 'command' for all files matching 'files' in the current folder
'files' can contain wildcard characters ? or *, a single asterisk * can stand for *.*
Several filename match patterns ('files1' 'files2' …) can be processed, but they must be separated from 'command' by the word 'do'
'files1' 'files2' etc. will be processed consecutively
File names get read before processing starts
If a file matches more than one match pattern, it will be called each time
'Command' can contain the following symbols:
*.* stands for the full file name
* can be used instead of *.* when it occurs as a separate word
*. stands for the file name without extension, including the dot
*' stands for the file name without extension, not including the dot
.* stands for file extension, including the dot
'* stands for file extension, not including the dot
Enclose redirection/pipe symbols < > | in " " to make them part of 'command'
° can be used for spaces in file names, both in 'files' and 'command'
˛ stands for double quotes meant to be included in 'command'
If you need ° to stand for itself, you have to use the option -° (see below) and, if necessary, enclose file names with spaces in " "
If you need ˛ to stand for itself, you have to use the option -˛ (see below)
-q — quiet, don't display commands
-n — display number of files at the end
-t — test only, don't execute
-° — do NOT substitute ° with space character
-˛ — do NOT substitute ˛ with "
Download and Installation
Download program file, documentation and source files:
with.zip Version 1.01 (April 4, 2023), 0.18 MB
Unpack the zip file (with.exe, the documentation file with.txt, and the folder \source) and move or copy with.exe to a folder that is included in the system path; you can then use it from the Windows command line prompt. Nothing gets written to the registry. To uninstall, simply delete.
Delete the source files, if you do not need them. This program is written in Phix, version 1.0.2 phix.x10.mx
Disclaimer: I have tested this program and am using it myself, but I cannot guarantee its correct function under all circumstances. Use it with caution, and consider backing up your data before executing commands that may involve deleting or overwriting files. Incorrect use can lead to loss of data.
renames all files *.jpeg to *.jpg
copies all files *.txt to * backup.txt ("mytext backup.txt")
copies all files *.log and *.ini to *.*.backup ("mylog.log.backup")
writes content of all .txt files to full.txt
deletes those .rw2 files whose corresponding .jpg files have been deleted.
This is actually what made me want to write this tool. My camera writes two files for each picture, .jpg and the "raw" file .rw2 — with an image viewer I browse the .jpg files and delete the ones I don't want to keep, which leaves the corresponding .rw2 files to be deleted.
If you mistype the "if" clause in the above example, all your .rw2 files may be gone -- this is a safer method:
adds the extension .delete to the files instead of deleting them. You can now check the result and then use
Note that * stands for the full file name when it's a separate word, but *.* is needed in the renamed file.
would rename myfile.rw2 to myfile.delete (without the original file extension), instead of myfile.rw2.delete
If you want to execute more complex tasks, you can call a .cmd batch file, like:
For a discussion of quotation marks and redirection/pipe symbols, see with.txt
This program, including the source code, is freeware. Do with it whatever you like. If you have any questions, suggestions, complaints or comments, I’ll be glad to hear from you.
Please report bugs, ask questions, make suggestions, etc.
Robert Schaechter, firstname.lastname@example.org
April 4, 2023 – Bugfix release 1.01, please update if you have an older version
March 26, 2023 – Version 1.0 published here on the hypatia-rpn.net website
Prior versions of ths tool had been published on www.dunyazad-library.net/software/