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Old 08-03-2012, 05:07 AM   #1
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How to find files?


How to find all the files of a particular user and copy and paste them in a directory?
 
Old 08-03-2012, 05:13 AM   #2
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Code:
cp -R /home/username <new path>
OR
cp -R /home/username/Documents <new path>
replace <new path> with the desired destination

Some more detail on what you are doing will probably get a better answer.
 
Old 08-03-2012, 05:20 AM   #3
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Code:
cp -R /home/username <new path>
OR
cp -R /home/username/Documents <new path>
replace <new path> with the desired destination

Some more detail on what you are doing will probably get a better answer.
I want that whatever file that is owned by a user in the entire filesystem must be searched, not only its /home directory and cp in a new directory.
 
Old 08-03-2012, 05:24 AM   #4
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You can use the find command for things like this. Its "-user" test is what you want to be looking at.
 
Old 08-03-2012, 07:26 AM   #5
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Code:
# find / -user sunveer -exec cp -iv /desired/dir {} \;
  • "/" is where to search. In this example it's the entire filesystem - all mounted devices.
  • "sunveer" is your user here and
  • "/desired/dir" is where you wanna copy those files.
 
Old 08-03-2012, 08:18 AM   #6
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Code:
# find / -user sunveer -exec cp -iv /desired/dir {} \;
  • "/" is where to search. In this example it's the entire filesystem - all mounted devices.
  • "sunveer" is your user here and
  • "/desired/dir" is where you wanna copy those files.
This command runs with no error but it didn't find any files.
 
Old 08-03-2012, 08:32 AM   #7
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Did you typed in your username correctly? I mean username in your GNU/Linux system.
It should be as in
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echo $USER
 
Old 08-03-2012, 08:53 AM   #8
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Did you typed in your username correctly? I mean username in your GNU/Linux system.
It should be as in
Code:
echo $USER
Yes
 
Old 08-03-2012, 08:57 AM   #9
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Isn't the cp line missing a -t option to designate /desired/dir as the destination directory? Otherwise, shouldn't the file to be copied ({}) appear first than the destination directory?
 
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:05 AM   #10
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414N, you're right. Looked it up and found corrections. OP, see URL.
 
Old 08-03-2012, 09:23 AM   #11
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Will this cmd serve the purpose?

#find / -user UNAME | cpio -pdumv /path/
 
Old 08-03-2012, 09:27 AM   #12
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Wrap your code up with forum tags.

I don't know about cpio, didn't work with it. What's wrong with suggested command?
Code:
# find /where/to/search -user sunveer -exec cp -ipv {} /where/to/copy \;
 
Old 08-03-2012, 09:36 AM   #13
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Wrap your code up with forum tags.

I don't know about cpio, didn't work with it. What's wrong with suggested command?
Code:
# find /where/to/search -user sunveer -exec cp -ipv {} /where/to/copy \;
Nothing wrong with the command. Just asking for knowledge.

Thanks.
 
  


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