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Old 03-25-2020, 01:26 PM   #1
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Beginner cp help needed (don't hate me for forgetting)


I've got /home/b***/recovered-from-mbp/ with a 1000 directories i.e., /recup_dir.1-->1014 underneath that. I want to use cp to copy only *.NEF, *.jpg etc. from those 1000 directories to /recovered-images. For example, if I go to the top of that tree this

$ find -iname '*.nef' -exec cp {} /home/b***/recovered-images/ \;

means I have to go into each of the 1000 directories individually and I'm trying to avoid that---despite having lots of time on my hands currently... Clues happily read!
 
Old 03-25-2020, 02:07 PM   #2
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If you want to copy them all to the same destination directory, that is easy. Fix the syntax you have for the find utility. See "man find"

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find /home/b***/recovered-images/ -iname '*.nef' -exec echo cp -p {} /some/destination/ \;
If you need a more complex decision made about where to copy the files to, then please provide a little more detail and maybe some examples.
 
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Old 03-25-2020, 02:38 PM   #3
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If you are copying files from a huge directory tree into *one* directory - are you *sure* you don't have any filename overlap somewhere? If there is you *will* end up with only the last version of file with that particular name in your destination dir.

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Old 03-25-2020, 02:40 PM   #4
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The find man page recommends:
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-exec command '{}' \;
Quote:
Notice that the braces are enclosed in single quote marks to protect them from interpretation as shell script punctuation.
 
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Old 03-25-2020, 02:53 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=Turbocapitalist;6104304]If you want to copy them all to the same destination directory, that is easy. Fix the syntax you have for the find utility. See "man find"

Thanks kindly, specified dirs and removed the echo and all went as it should have. I haven't had to do this kind of a cleanup for a few years. Much obliged!
 
Old 03-25-2020, 02:55 PM   #6
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If you are copying files from a huge directory tree into *one* directory - are you *sure* you don't have any filename overlap somewhere? If there is you *will* end up with only the last version of file with that particular name in your destination dir.
The -n/--n-clobber flag on cp would be a good idea then.
 
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