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Old 09-03-2004, 03:45 PM   #1
krazykow
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Moving multiple files


I've enountered this situation on multiple systems....

On a particular server there are image files strung about the webroot directory structure....example

/wwwroot/605/cf/fblahblah/images/OLD_fiserwringn616.jpg
/wwwroot/205/gnd/blahhdf/image1/dr3/ghhd/OLD_blhja43newone.gif
/wwwroot/sd/234/45554/sdfgsdfsg/whatever/whateverelse/in/more/directories/forever/OLD_2335435.jpg

all the image files are in the OLD_*.extension naming scheme. I'm needing to move ALL 600+ like this to one backup directory. I have considered several ways of doing this, but Im under HUGE time constraints. I was wondering if anyone had done this before and if they could offer advice or script concepts for it.

Please help me. I'm under a lot of pressure.
 
Old 09-03-2004, 03:51 PM   #2
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Do you need to maintain the directory structure?

Assuming they are all different names:
find /wwwroot -name "OLD_*" -exec mv {} /path/to/backup/ \;
 
Old 09-03-2004, 05:59 PM   #3
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SOLUTION!!!

xargs....I must remember this.

For a linux system...this is the command string I passed:

find /home/joe -name "*.exe" | xargs -i mv {} exe/directoryforallexes/

For a Solaris system....this is the command string I passed:

find /wwwroot/allthestuff -name "*OLD_*.*" | xargs -I {} -t mv {} /wwwroot/oldstuffonly/

solaris has a slighty different way of requesting the output AND how you tell the shell what you're trying to do, but I figured it out in minutes instead of hours.

credit goes to chort(I believe) from the Linux Enterprise forum and O'REILLY for great books on nix!!!!
 
Old 09-03-2004, 06:20 PM   #4
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