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Old 10-14-2006, 11:22 PM   #1
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find command

I want to copy all files from the output of:

find /mnt/WINDOWS/Temporary?Internet?Files/ -name '*.gif'

to /root/pics

What is the best way to do this?
Old 10-14-2006, 11:41 PM   #2
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I don't like find. This should work instead:
for i in /mnt/WINDOWS/Temporary?Internet?Files/*.gif; do cp $i /root/pics/$i
Old 10-14-2006, 11:47 PM   #3
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First, since you want to write to root users folder, you will have to run the command as root.

Second, something like this might work:

cp -R `find /mnt/WINDOWS/Temporary\ Internet\ Files/ -name '*.gif'` /root/pics

Note the backticks before find and after '*.gif'. Also note the backslash space in the Temporary\ Internet\ Files. cp -R says make recursive copy (through any directory structure in Temporary Internet Files; \ space escapes the space in the directory name; the backticks result in the find command being executed. The results of find are copied to /root/pics.

Or something along those lines, at any rate.

But, I like FreeDoughnut's version better.

Last edited by bigrigdriver; 10-14-2006 at 11:50 PM.
Old 10-15-2006, 12:18 AM   #4
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find /mnt/WINDOWS/Temporary?Internet?Files/ -name "*.gif" -exec cp \{\} /root/pics \;
I can't understand why anyone would dislike find nor why someone would complicate it beyond what it already is by wrapping commands around it needlessly.

Edit: Explanation, "-exec" will execute the following commands terminated by a ";" (which must be escaped from the shell). And {} is replaced with the name of each matching file, in turn. We escape these as well just to ensure that the shell doesn't complain.

Last edited by frob23; 10-15-2006 at 12:20 AM.


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