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Old 12-29-2001, 02:27 PM   #1
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How to copy a directory tree without copying the files in it?

Hello. I want to copy a directory and all the subdirectories in order to make a duplicate of the directory structure. I don't want to copy any of the files though, just directories. Isn't this possible using cp and telling it to copy only files with the dir flag set or something?
Old 12-30-2001, 09:59 AM   #2
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well, it's a bit of an odd thing to want to do, so i doubt there's a nice way to do it officially. i did however write a script pretty similar last night actually!

cd "$1"
for i in *
  if [ -d "$i" ]
    newdirpath=`echo "$PWD/$i" | sed s/smb// | tr ' ' '_' | tr A-Z a-z | sed s/_-_/-/`
    echo $newdirpath
    mkdir "$newdirpath"
    find "$PWD/$i" -iname '*.mp3' -fprint "$newdirpath"/mp3.m3u 
    /home/chris/clone "$i"    
cd -
it creates a replica of a directory tree with a winamp/xmms m3u file in every single directory of every mp3 in that directory, and recursive subdirectories. It also converts spaces to underscores and all letters to lower case.

I was gonna hack it around, and take out various bits.. but i think i'll leave that for you to do if you decide to!

oh, as it works recursively, the program IS /home/chris/clone... which obviosuly isn't right for you...

incidentally, if you wanna alter it to not create leaf-directories, i'd gladly accept the ocde back!
Old 01-15-2002, 09:36 PM   #3
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find . -type d -exec mkdir -p /tmp/copy_dest2/{} \;

This line should do it.

The first '.' ( dot ) is for current directory and can be replace by the directory name you're about to copy. The /tmp/copy_dest2 is the path you'd like to copy to, and can also be replaced.

the above will not follow symlinks, but can be modified to.


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