We are pretty well annoyed at you guys. We spent all this time and energy creating all these VBScripts over the last nine years. We have several hundred VBScripts that we use in production, and with uncertain economic times, you are now telling me I have to rewrite all these scripts in Windows PowerShell?
Hey, Scripting Guy! I’ve seen scripts that let you delete all the files in a folder that are X number of days old. I have a different problem: I’d like to delete files that are X number of hours, or even X number of minutes,
Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a folder which contains thousands of files, all numbered sequentially. How can I tell which file is the last file in the list?— AC
Hey, AC. You know, one of the fun things about being a Scripting Guy is that we get to spend a lot of time shattering myths.
Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I get a total page count for all the Word documents in a folder?— RA
Hey, RA. You’ll have to forgive the Scripting Guy who writes this column if he seems a little tired this morning.
Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a folder with a bunch of files in it, files with names like Doc 1.pdf, Doc 2.pdf, and Doc 3.pdf. How do I remove the blank spaces from all those file names?— JRP
Hey, JRP. You know,
Hey, Scripting Guy! I have an unknown number of files in a folder. I need to rename them using this format: ABC_fx.inv, where x is an incremental number. How can I do that?— RN
Hey, RN. You know, one of the Scripting Guys once had an idea for a very different kind of restaurant.
Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I get the names of 10 randomly-selected files in a folder? I need to do that so I can test and verify our backup and restore policies.— CS
Hey, CS. You know, if you’re interested in things that are random,
Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I get a list of all the .dll files in a folder, along with their version numbers?— DD
Hey, DD. You know, when we sit down to write this column we usually try to start off with an amusing and at least semi-relevant anecdote.
Hey, Scripting Guy! In Windows XP, how can I use a script to automatically queue up files that I want to burn to a CD?— BD
Hey, BD. Well, unfortunately, we have some bad news for you: there’s currently no way to burn a CD using a script.
Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I rename files like _JKG1234.jpg to 272_DSC_1234.jpg?— NA
Hey, NA. You know, NA, we feel sorry for you. Why? Well, on the one hand you’re unbelievably lucky. After all, the Scripting Guys never write scripts that they actually use,