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Old 02-21-2003, 01:58 AM   #1
gsbarry
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copy direcotry but ignore some files


I need to copy a directory to other place, but inside the directory, I don't need to copy some type of files(e.g. *.txt, *.mp3), how to do?
 
Old 02-21-2003, 04:01 AM   #2
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I don't see any options in cp to get anything done like that. Here is a way you can do it with only copying files in one directory. I was trying to find a way to get it done recursively for each child directory but the only way I could think of was to write a script which recursively calls a copy for each directory.

Anyways here is one way of doing it for just the files in one directory.

find $SRCDIR -maxdepth 1 -type f ! -iregex ".*\.mp3$" ! -iregex ".*\.txt$" | xargs cp --target-directory $DESTDIR

Make sure to swap the $SRCDIR and $DESTDIR with the appropraite fields.

There really must be an easier way to get this done. But I think I'm too braindead right now to find a better solution.
 
Old 02-21-2003, 04:36 AM   #3
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Hmmm okay well I had to find a way to get it done so I wrote the following script:
Code:
#!/bin/bash

if [ $# -lt 2 ]
then
  echo "usage: cpit <src_dir> <dest_dir>"
  exit 1
fi

src_dir=`echo $1 | sed -e 's#/\$##'`
dest_dir=`echo $2 | sed -e 's#/\$##'`
ignore='! -iregex ".*\.txt$" ! -iregex ".*\.mp3$"'

find $src_dir -type f $ignore | while read file
do
   destfile=`echo $file | sed -e "s#${src_dir}/##"`
   mkdir -p ${dest_dir}/`dirname $destfile | sed -e "s/^.$//"`
   cp $file ${dest_dir}/$destfile
done
Hope you manage to use it.
 
Old 02-22-2003, 06:15 AM   #4
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Thanks very very much, your's methods are very useful
 
  


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