Another Marginally Useful Tool - BatchConcat

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UPDATE: In one comment, szeryf points out something I didn’t know and invalidates the need for the tool I wrote. This is why I post this stuff, so someone can tell me about a better way! Thanks szeryf! I’ve updated the post to point out the better technique.

Based on my recent spate of posts, you can probably guess that I am working on improving a particular build process. 

In this situation, I have a pre-build step to concatenate a bunch of files into a single file.  I tried to do this with a simple command like so:

FOR %%A in (*.sql) do CALL COPY /Y Output.sql + %%A Output.sql

Yeah, that would work, but it is so sloooooow.

Szeryf points out that I can simply pass *.sql to the COPY command and get the same result.

copy *.sql output.sql

This ends up running plenty fast as it doesn’t dumbly iterate over every file calling COPY once per file. Instead it lets COPY handle that internally and more efficiently. How did I not know about this?

~~So I wrote a one minute app by simply scavenging the code from BatchEncode and concatenating text files instead.~~

USAGE: batchconcat EXTENSION ENCODING OUTPUT
     sourcedir: source directory path
     extension: examples... .sql, .txt
     output:             the resulting file.
     encoding:  optional: utf7, utf8, unicode, 
                        bigendianunicode, ascii

     All paths must be fully qualified.
     USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! NO WARRANTY IS GIVEN NOR IMPLIED

~~This ended up being mighty fast!~~

~~I figure someone out there might need to do this exact same thing in their build process and won’t mind using such crappy code.~~

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