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Old 07-10-2009, 11:49 AM   #1
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Question How can I do this with a BASH trick?


I have several directories and a file residing inside a directory:
Code:
$ ls
dir1 directory2 direc3 dir4 dirs5 file1
Now I want to place a copy of file1 in every directory (dir1, directory2, direc3, dir4, dirs5). How do I do this with 1 simple bash command, if possible?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 07-10-2009, 12:16 PM   #2
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It's crude but "for dir in `eval echo dir*`; do Something; done" could do.
 
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Try
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eval 'cp file1 dir*'{1..5}'*;'
 
Old 07-10-2009, 12:40 PM   #4
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It's crude but "for dir in `eval echo dir*`; do Something; done" could do.
Very crude indeed . But what if the directories don't start with dir*? I mean like this:

Code:
$ ls
folder mydir directory metallica_songs file1
If one line trick is not possible, what are the other alternatives?
 
Old 07-10-2009, 01:12 PM   #5
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Try

Code:
find . -type d -exec cp file1 '{}' \;
It should find every directory under the current one and run the copy command on each one.

You can include '-maxdepth 2' if you want to limit the number of subdirectory levels it will descend into.
 
Old 07-10-2009, 01:14 PM   #6
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If they're in the same level then you'd prolly 'find ./* -maxdepth 0 -type d|xargs doSomething' or something.
 
  


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