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Old 02-11-2011, 11:33 PM   #1
akufoo
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copy wildcard files from directories to matching ones in another dir


Hi,

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

dir1
subdir1
file1
subdir2
file1
subdir3
file1
...

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

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Anyway the aim is to do the first cp above, I have tried a few options using find...

Oh great! 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...

thanks!
 
Old 02-12-2011, 12:56 AM   #2
lucmove
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Maybe you should go with 'cp -aux' or read 'man rsync'.

Learning rsync is highly recommended, it's a wonderful application.
 
  


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