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Subject: Re: creating m3u files
From: Brian Wolven (brian.wolven_at_verizon.net)
Date: 2004-09-13


Michael Muller wrote:
> I'm having trouble creating m3u files. I'd like to have one in every folder, listing every mp3 file in each folder's sub-folders.
>
> I've got the dos command line below, but upon running it adds a '1' before the '>' character, rendering the line syntactically incorrect, producing an error, and no m3u files.
>
> for /r %a in (.) do dir /b /s %a\*.mp3 |sort >%a\this.m3u
>
> ... produces an output line such as this...
>
> dir /b /s e:\_My Music\_Zappa\YCDTOSA 2\.\*.mp3 | sort 1>E:\_My Music\_Zappa\YCDTOSA 2\.\this.m3u
>
> (note the '1>' before the m3u filename, which produces the error).
>
> Has anyone else had this problem? It's driving me nuts. If I take out the |sort it doesn't change the error, so it must be something else. The HELP FOR docs say the following:
>
> FOR /R [[drive:]path] %variable IN (set) DO command [command-parameters]
>
> Walks the directory tree rooted at [drive:]path, executing the FOR
> statement in each directory of the tree. If no directory
> specification is specified after /R then the current directory is
> assumed. If set is just a single period (.) character then it
> will just enumerate the directory tree.
>
> When it says it will 'enumerate the directory tree' that makes me think of numbers, and I see that the number 1 is what's being injected into my result set. Anyone have any ideas or advice?

I thought someone had posted their DOS commands for playlist creation a while
back. Did you look in the archive, by chance? If the DOS approach turns out to
be a real pain, I have vbscripts that do this; I can post them on the web if
you're interested.

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