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Old 12-20-2011, 08:05 AM   #1
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copying multipe files of different extensions.

Hi all,

I;ve found forum posts similar to my query, but none that match it 100%, hence I am opening a new post about something, that I;m sure you've seen before.

I am using a Linux Bootable CD (RIP Linux) to do system recovery.

I would very much like to have a bash command that i can run that search for all files of multiple file-extensions, and copy them to a specific location either in their original structure... OR in a single directory but with automatic renaming of duplicate filenames.

Here's what i;ve got so far.

1. find . -iname "*.jpg" SUCCESS (finds all jpg and JPG files)

2. find . -iname "*.jpg" -o -iname "*.avi" SUCCESS (finds all jpg, JPG, avi and AVI files)

3. find . -iname "*.jpg" -exec cp -v '{}' /tmp/ \; -o -iname "*.avi" -exec cp -v '{}' /tmp/ \; PARTIAL SUCCESS (this copies all file extensions it found i.e. avi and jpg files, but where different files have the same filename, it over writes the original).

So... i seem to have all the componant parts nearly accurate... all i'm missing now is the process to automatcally rename duplicate files OR to keep the files in the same folder structure.

Please can anyone shwo me what command(s) i am missing? I'm HOPING that the cp command has an inbuilt ability to rename files if they exist.
Old 12-20-2011, 08:19 AM   #2
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try cp --backup=numbered
Old 12-20-2011, 09:40 AM   #3
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It worked!

Originally Posted by Cedrik View Post
try cp --backup=numbered
Thanks Cedrick!

It nearly worked... the only slight small issue is that by doing this the system names files:

New name 2.JPG.~6~

So altough it is backing the files up... it is breaking file associations.

I will investigate the BACKUP function to see if i can get it to backup files, but keep the extension safe.

Thanks again.


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