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Old 10-23-2012, 03:37 PM   #16
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Friends, sorry for my interruption, but are answers given above simple and problem oriented (I can see some scripts, that is well and good, but any script really needed here)?
User is obviously a newbie who is even not sure about how to move or catagorise the files properly. So I feel that we should have suggested something that is simple, and easy to understandable to him.

@Drigo, did you try any of solution provided above? If not then the answer is very simple - your task can be done using just three or four simple commands i.e. mv, mkdir, rm and little bit find command. So go through the commands and make a try with the esiest one solution you find! Good luck.
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His parameters were;
* Not a script
* executed in one line
* specific file structure, files, etc. to move (resembles an academic assignment)

Since the original question appeared to me to resemble a homework or lab assignment, I chose not to give him a direct answer. Instead, I chose to feed him information and sources so he can figure it out for himself... You know, "... teach a man to fish,..."?!?!

If it wasn't an assignment, I apologize for that,... But, it appears he's looking to expand his knowledge, not just get the result. So, either way,... helping him learn is better than feeding him an answer.
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Well...I will just create a general script for my usage with the responses suggested above.
@meninvenus I've posted other posts and people were very helpful with their responses. They helped me understand bash scripting and other functions that I wasn't aware of. These were the answers I was looking for. cp rm mv etc...are bvery straightforward and I know how to use them and I can create a script. I am a newbie looking to expand my knowledge (thanks for your words JaseP . are rude! And its a simple solution I know....but go to over 16k folders each with 5subfolders and many subfolder trees...well other than a script or a simply line code (which I was looking for) wont do the trick.
And btw this is not a homework

Thanks to all the other members who replied
Old 10-24-2012, 12:20 AM   #19
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Thanks to all the other members who replied
@Drigo: Won't you say thanks to me also, as I had also answered (check my previous reply) .
Apart joking, I think there was nothing rude in my previous comment which you should mind at all! But perhaps I thought you need a simple solution.
So let me clear, why I preffered a simple solution.
First, you can move as many as files using a ./* from any location to any location.
Second, for knowledge gaining purpose it's ok to create a script, or try different solutions. But on the other hand, for sake of finished the task, I am again saying that the solution is just one or two commands away:
mkdir <new-dir>
mv ./* /path/to/<new-dir>
Or even,
find /path/to/files <search-pattern> -exec mv /path/to/<new-dir> {} \;
Third, a scrpt is pattern specific, whereas little manual work using cmds will avoid any mess up of large data in a little complicated file hierarchy.

Hope this will clear why I gone with a simple solution. Have good luck.


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