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Old 08-08-2008, 05:23 AM   #1
khaos83
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cp command with input from a text file


I have a file, in inside has a long list of full paths to different file.
e.g.

Code:
/etc/asdsad/filename
/home/asd/wewe/filename

I want to copy all of them to a specified location.
How can I use the information in the file and copy all of them to a specified location?

I remember achieving that but can't really remember how i did it.
something like ...

cp {cat list.txt} /destination/
 
Old 08-08-2008, 05:36 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by khaos83 View Post
I have a file, in inside has a long list of full paths to different file.
e.g.

Code:
/etc/asdsad/filename
/home/asd/wewe/filename

I want to copy all of them to a specified location.
How can I use the information in the file and copy all of them to a specified location?

I remember achieving that but can't really remember how i did it.
something like ...

cp {cat list.txt} /destination/
are you trying to copy the all the list of a particular directory on another location?

have you tried :

cp -r /the directory name/ /new location/
 
Old 08-08-2008, 06:27 AM   #3
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I think you want something like this:
for file in `cat list`; do cp $file newplace; done

"newplace" would be the target pathname

Note the "backtics"---no single quotes.
 
Old 08-08-2008, 07:07 AM   #4
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for file in `cat list`; do cp $file newplace; done
This does not manage file names containing blank spaces correctly. Better something like
Code:
while read file; do cp "$file" /path/to/destination/dir/; done < list
 
  


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