General :: Copy A Set Of Sub Folders From Their Multiple Parent Directories To A New Location

Nov 5, 2010

I am attempting to copy a set of sub folders from their multiple parent directories to a new location.

For example, I have three folders to copy:

I would like them to be copied to:

In actuality there are many folders besides folder1, folder2, folder3, and no numerical order exists. So, the folder named 'photos' would be copied to its parent folder's name in a new location. I would need this to occur for all folders in the '/home/user' directory.

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General :: Move Some Of The Files From Multiple Directories To One Location?

Jun 17, 2010

I'd like to move a selection of files from all the sub-directories within an overall directory to a single destination. I don't want any of the directory structure, just the files themselves. This is what I tried so far:

mv /dir1/*/igs*.sp3.Z /dir2

There are other .sp3.Z files in the * directories within /dir1 but I just need the ones that start with igs..

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So I have a share hosting account with 60 sites all running wordpress.

There is a plugin I want to delete from all 60 wordpress sites.

The plugin is in the same path in all 60 sites. Is there a way I can search the entire home directory with filezilla or another ftp and delete every folder with that name in every site or I have to do it the tedious 1by1 sucky way?

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I want to make a webserver with multiple users allowed to login through SFTP to a specific folder, www.Multiple users are added, lets say user1 and user2, and all of them belonging to the www-data group. The www directory has an owner www-data and a group www-data.

I have used chmod -R 775 on the www folder, but after I try to create a folder test through my SFTP server (using Filezilla) the group of the directory created has only r and x permissions, and I am not able to log in with the second user user2 and create a directory within www/test due to a lack of w permission to the group.

I also tried using chmod 2775 on www directory, but without luck. Can somebody explain to me, how can I make it so that a newly created directory inherits the root directory group permissions?

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General :: Rename Multiple Files In Multiple Directories/subdirectories Recursively?

Aug 23, 2010

I am to rename all the files within a directory (which contains multiple subdirectories) recursively without invalid characters.

I tried the coding posted above.

find . -type f -printf '%p
' | while read file; do
oldfile=$(basename "$file")
newfile=$(echo "$oldfile" | sed 's/[^A-Za-z0-9_.]/_/g')
if [ ! "$newfile" == "$oldfile" ]; then
echo mv "$file" "${file%$oldfile}$newfile"

but I get an error on both of them stating "find: bad option -printf find: [-H | -L] path-list predicate-list"

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May 11, 2011

I use "zip -r" to zip the following folder:


....My only grip is that when you open the zip file, the parent directories are there too.

So within the zip file I have to navigate through "/root/Desktop/administration" just to get to the directory called backup.

Is there a way for me to zip the directory backup, and not include the parent directories? I want to be able to open the zip file and see only the backup directory listed.

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#the file temp contain a path to a directory int the first line
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Sep 28, 2010

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PHP Code...

Will this suffice?

I am trying to see what new directories were added between my working build and a new onefor a project that I working on.

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Jul 10, 2011

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Can I now just copy paste it there. Or I need to re-install to desired location I installed JRE , is that ok or I need to install sdk

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Jul 19, 2011

I am a fresher in shell script, I want to copy only new file in a directory to some other location. I am able to find new file using
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General :: How To Use Find To Copy All Found Files To A New Name In Their Same Directories

Feb 23, 2010

I've got a simple command that does almost what I want.

The following will locate all files with a suffix of '_compressed.swf' and copy each into its same directory with a '.bak2' appended:

However, I need to replace '_compressed.swf' with '_content.swf' I'd like to use find, rather than recursive flag on cp for consistency.

In: /content/somefile_compressed.swf
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General :: Copy Wildcard Files From Directories For Matching

Feb 11, 2011

I have 2 massive duplicate dirs of the same format as below:

Dir2 is the same, but it has some newer files of the same name. I want to copy all file1's from Dir2 to the same name and folders in dir1. So basically something like:
cp -pr bkpDir1/*/*-big.gif Dir2/*/*-big.gif

This works for singular cases:
cp -pr bkpDir1/uniquesubdir/*-big.gif Dir2/uniquesubdir/*-big.gif

But not for wildcards:
cp -pr bkpDir1/subdir*/*-big.gif Dir2/subdir*/*-big.gif

Anyway the aim is to do the first cp above, I have tried a few options using find. In trying to show an example stumbled upon a way that worked, while in dir2:
find */*-big.gif | xargs -i cp -rp {} ../dir1/{}
Sure there are better ways also...

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Oct 29, 2010

I have a question which has been in part answered many times but nothing I found relateds completely to my situation. I am sure there will be people who will say RTFM but believe me I did, and searched as well but to no avail. I have a situation where I want to copy files created withing last hour in one directory into another one. The problem is that that the directories are on different levels in the dir tree so the absolute path is different. But I want to keep the relative path the same.

I want to copy new files from /mnt/path_to_webdav/user to /home/user. so if there is new file /mnt/path_to_webdav/user/doc/xy.txt I want it to be copied to /home/user/doc/xy.txt. Also if there is a new dir, say /mnt/path_to_webdav/user/newdir I want a new dir to be created in /home/user/newdir with all the files in it, should there be any. I can do find with exec and copy all the files into one directory.This is not what I want though. How do I preserve the relative path and get the files copied into their corresponding directories?

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May 10, 2011

I am trying to exclude multiple directories when using tar. I can do it for just one directory with exclude= directory.I can also do it for multiple directories by typing that code again and again.As you can see im trying to call this variable that has endless amounts of directories in it seperated by a space.. but when run it doesnt work! It will however work if i just put one directory in the variable. Any ideas?

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Apr 27, 2011

I have one file called and in that file I have the below code. All this code is, is paths to three directories (as you can you can clearly see!).

BACKUP="Documents /bin /sbin"

Now I have this other file which reads the directories (by using $BACKUP) and creates a tar file of everything in that folder. But what I am unsure of what to is create a bit of code that will simply look in, read all the directories and print a line saying either they all exist or some are missing. If possible it would be good to know which directories are missing too!

I have fiddled around with using -d but I can only get it to work for one directory or manually having to write out each directory.

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Feb 1, 2010

I have 60+ directory's each containing multiple .doc files. I need to move them to a single directory and keep their file name intact. I don't think cp will do that with out listing all the file names. I was thinking of something like: cp -r /dir/*.doc /newdir . Or should I use a combo like find -type *.doc|cp /newdir?

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May 20, 2010

I found a script on webmaster world that mostly does what I need it to, but have been making modifications to tailor it to my specific needs.I know that //..*/ tells awk to ignore hidden directories, how do I define more directories to ignore? (i.e. temp, var, etc)? I've tried playing with prune before the awk command with limited success...I know that there are many ways to do the same thing and keep running into brick walls.

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Mar 15, 2010

I have hundreds of directories in various subdirs that I need to remove. I want to remove all of these dirs, but can only find solutions on how to do remove files (or how to remove subdirs from within the current dir).

I think I need something like

find -iname 'testfile*' | xargs rm -i

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Apr 4, 2009

I am developing a Web-based application and have some folders that will generally reside outside of the Web accessible area of the server. However, since some people will not be able to store those folders outside of the "public_html" folder, I am looking to put a blank "index.php" inside of every folder within that section of the application. To make things easier, I would like to know if there might be a way to recursively copy one file into every folder in a certain location.

In other words, is there a command that might do something like:
> cp -R index.php /home/user/public_html/source-files/*
Basically, I want every directory inside of "source-files" to get a copy of "index.php". The directory hierarchy within "source-files" can go at least three or four levels deep, so the command would need to be recursive. I am looking for a command-line statement that I can type to perform this action.

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At the moment I'm using:"cp -ap . /destination-folder"to copy everything from the folder I'm in to another folder.That works.Is it possible to cp everything except:folder1/folder2/in the current folder I'm in?

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Jan 30, 2009

I'm not sure if this is possible or even where to start. I assume that this can be done with an sh script using tar or similar.I have several very large zip files that contain images for all of the products in my online store. Each image is named after its 13 digit SKU (for example, 9987788000012.jpg). In order to import products into my store, all images are placed into a media directory. Unfortunately, there are over 100,000 images.

So I would like to break the images into sub-folders based on file name. For example, when I extract (or tar or whatever), my extract script would create directories (if they don't already exist) based on the first three digits of each image name, placing each image into the appropriate bottom level directory. For example, "9987788000012.jpg" would be placed in the following directory "media/9/9/8", with media as the root and "8" as the directory that holds any images that start with "998". Perhaps two sub-folders would be less cumbersome.Assuming this requires a script, particularly since it involves scanning image names, creating folders, and saving images to specific directories, which language would serve my needs best? PHP? Has anyone had to do something similar?

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General :: Automate Copying Files To Multiple Directories With Log For Admin

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Description: I am a newly appointed system engineer taking care of linux servers. We have a new set of data coming in which need below configuration: How to do a script with function?:

for files with ".txt" in sm
copy each of the files to folder : sm1 and sm2 (log every copy)
if succesful:
remove original
log into the log file
if not successful: (not successful copying 1 particular file to all the folders)
retain and retry
log into the log file
mail out the admin with that particular file name

I have already do try a bit:
cd /export/home/
for dir in sm1 sm2; do
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Is my starting right? How to do the rest parts?

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