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Old 01-21-2007, 03:48 PM   #1
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Move files from several subdirectories one level back


Hi,

I hope you can help me with this issue. I'm trying to move a lot of files, currently located in numbered subdirectories, one level back. The subdirectories are named as

../invoices/invoice00001/
../invoices/invoice00002/
etc.

They all contain one file (invoicexxxxx.odt).
And all these files should all go to the folder directly above those directories, '/invoices/.

Is it possible to do that via a shell script? To do it manually would take me probably all day!

Thanks for any help,

Marinus.

Last edited by Marinus; 01-21-2007 at 05:14 PM.
 
Old 01-21-2007, 05:32 PM   #2
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Easy to do but not sure if you mean you want to move the files in invoice001 and invoice002 to invoices or if you mean invoices/invoice001 and invoices/invoice002 to the directory above invoices. Process is the same but off course details are different.

So within the directory invoices:

Code:
for DIR in `ls -d invoice*`
do cp -p $DIR/* .
done
The above would copy find invoice001, invoice002 etc... can copy all contents to the current directory (. = current directory) which is invoices.

If you want to go to the parent directory above invoices just use .. instead of . (.. = parent directory of current directory).
 
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Old 01-21-2007, 05:59 PM   #3
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Hi J.,

that's exactly what I was looking for!
Thanks very much.

Marinus.
 
  


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