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Old 06-18-2008, 01:17 PM   #1
Noexit
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Finding and moving files with find


Hi, this is probably a really basic question, but between the manpage and my Nutshell book and some other sources I'm still not figuring out what I'm doing wrong.

The problem, I unzip some mp3 archives which decompress into a series of sub-directories. I want to move into each sub-directory, pluck out the individual .mp3 files and move them to another directory altogether. What I'm doing looks like this:

noexit@uranus:~/files/Tripping Daisy$ find . -iname '*.mp3' -execdir mv ~/Music/Tripping_Daisy '{}'\; +

Which I think is saying "go into each sub-directory, look for any file with .mp3 in the name, and move it to ~/Music/Tripping_Daisy, then repeat".

What happens though is this:
noexit@uranus:~/files/Tripping Daisy$ find . -iname '*.mp3' -execdir mv ~/Music/Tripping_Daisy '{}'\; +
mv: target `./01 - Field Day Jitters.mp3' is not a directory
mv: target `./05 - Sigmund & The Sea Monsters Theme.mp3' is not a directory
mv: target `./10 - Triangle.mp3' is not a directory
mv: target `./11 - Halo Comb.mp3' is not a directory
mv: target `./11 - Prick.mp3' is not a directory

The directories:
noexit@uranus:~/files/Tripping Daisy$ ls
(1993) - Bill
(1998) - Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb
Rares, B-sides
(1995) - I Am An Elastic Firecracker
(1999) - Tripping Daisy

If I just do
find . -iname '*.mp3'
Then it finds and lists each file in each sub-directory, as expected.

I'm using Kubuntu Hardy.

I've tried various combinations and still can't make this work. I've done it in the past so I know I'm missing something, and I don't think it should be terribly complicated. What am I doing wrong or missing?

Thanks for any help,

Rob
 
Old 06-18-2008, 01:30 PM   #2
forrestt
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You want to move all the mp3's into a single directory?

Code:
mkdir newdir
find . -iname \*.mp3 -exec mv {} newdir \;
HTH

Forrest
 
Old 06-18-2008, 01:34 PM   #3
Noexit
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Solved my own problem. The path has to go after the '{}', just like on the actual command line. Duh.
 
Old 06-18-2008, 01:35 PM   #4
Noexit
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Thanks Forrest. I was re-reading my own post when I realized the stupid mistake I was making. Thanks for your response and verification.
 
  


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