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Old 07-15-2008, 02:26 PM   #1
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help: mv command with *.jpg extension


Hi. I have a folder with a bunch of .jpg images. I want to move all files with extension .jpg to another directory.

I did:

# mv '*.jpg' images/personal

but that yields an error saying no such directory

EDIT: Wow I feel stupid: no quotes are required.

Last edited by generalachoo; 07-15-2008 at 02:28 PM.
 
Old 07-15-2008, 02:31 PM   #2
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i can also write up a simple script to rename those files witch saves time if you have over 100 of them

(note to tink: i'll keep it safe this time)
 
Old 07-16-2008, 07:32 PM   #3
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hey buddy which Distro you are using?
Also have mentioned source and destination properly.
better way read
Code:
man mv
 
Old 07-17-2008, 02:54 AM   #4
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As you found out if you remove those single quotes it will work, that's because the single quotes mean take the following literally without any special meaning. The problem is that * does have a special meaning, it is a wildcard, if you put it in single quotes it tries to find a file called *.jpg not all the files that match the ending of .jpg.

You don't need a script to rename, simply use 'rename'.
 
Old 07-18-2008, 07:39 AM   #5
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The 'no such directory' error could also mean that you don't have a target directory named 'images/personal' - in that case run
Quote:
mkdir images/personal
before doing anything else. And of course it has to be
Quote:
mv *.jpg images/personal
(no single quotes and no hash mark if it's used in a script).

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