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Old 05-11-2008, 10:41 AM   #1
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How to copy a specific no of files from a group of files


I have a task to completed . There are around 20,000 files in the folder and i have to copy 1500 files from the current directory to a specific directory . How can i do it ??? Please guide me . it is very urgent

More to add , only 1500 files , not a single more than that or less than that

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Old 05-11-2008, 11:02 AM   #2
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More information needed

Do you want any 1,500 files?

Do you want 1,500 files using a filter, like a files beginning with 'b' or all executable files?

Suggest you start with the find command and develop a loop from that.
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You could use ls to list the files, and take the first or last 1500 of them using head or tail as you wish, e.g.
ls |head -1500 |while read f; do echo cp "$f" "/your/destination/directory/"
THat command will just echo the copy commands it will execute - check that they are sane and what you want to do, and then do the command again, but take out the echo.


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