My vote is for Masochist!~!
I just loaded the Gnu Win toolbox and am trying to state the issue is "sed" or some other Gnu tool
The FIRST thing I did which i am now very glad of was to take the 100 websites using the files in their DB;s Off-line long enough to extract a copy of every pdf file so i could search without fear of loss.
All the files that were missing are in the Websites which while active I cannot do much.
Working with a "copy" gives me a lot more confidence
So I am considering doing the same thing to the actual file NAMES that I did to the file LIST
change all the & to any other "unique" character or phrase so i can run those last ones and be done with it.
If there WAS a way to do a quick hash of the filename and run it against the hash of the names in the list, that SHOULD also be a working solution
you wrote you code so tight though i Dont know where i can insert the hash conversion to use the results for comparison rather than the name itself.
Can you "spread it out a little" for "Scripting for Dummies?" Give me room to insert the conversion into the loop? it runs so fast now that I see only a blur. I removed the @echo off due to the run time with no response and i needed to see what was going on in order to find that "_" that he had used a " " instead.