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Old 10-25-2010, 12:58 AM   #1
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copy to a new directory and rename w/date stamp


Newbie 1st post here. Trying to find the most efficient way to copy a file to a different directory and rename it with a date stamp extension. Looking to accomplish this with one command if possible.

File = make_file
Full path /home/user1/bin/scripts/make_file

would like to move to the following directory

I'm trying to find out how to use command substitution along with the date command that when I copy the file to the archive directory it gets renamed with a time stamp extension. It should look something like "make_page_12:00:00-24-10-2010"

I've tried a few different combinations using the cp and mv commands but can't seem to get it to work the way I want to. Much thanks to anybody that can help getting this Windows sysadmin on the right track to learning this great OS.
Old 10-25-2010, 01:04 AM   #2
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This might help:

SUFFIX=`date +%y%m%d`
SUFFIX: 101024, MYFILE: myfile.101024
Type "man date" and/or "date --help" from a command line for more options, and more details.

'Hope that helps

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Old 10-25-2010, 08:35 AM   #3
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Sorry, but this is confusing me.

SUFFIX: 101024, MYFILE: myfile.101024

I was looking to accomplish this by using the mv or cp commands.
Old 10-25-2010, 04:49 PM   #4
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mv file File_"$(date +%h-%d-%y)"

file --> File_Oct-25-10

Not sure if this is what you wanted.

Hope this helps.


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