Moving Only Sub-Directories?

Tim Chase blinux.list at
Wed May 5 11:22:17 UTC 2010

If I understand correctly, you have a source folder with a large 
mix of files and directories, but you only want to move the 
directories (and the files & sub-directories within them), not 
the files at the root level of the source.  And you have enough 
files/directories to make Lynx's dir-ed mode a pain.  If so, I'd 
use "find" to pull the directories and move them:

  find /path/to/source/ -maxdepth 1 -mindepth 1 -type d

That should generate a list of just the directories to be moved 
so that you can review them.  You can then tell "find" to move 
those files:

  find /path/to/source/ -maxdepth 1 -mindepth 1 -type d -exec mv 
{} /path/to/dest/ \;

The "-maxdepth 1" prevents "find" from trying to go into 
sub-directories to move their contents (after they've been 
moved).  I'm not sure if you need this.

The "-mindepth 1" prevents "find" from returning the current 
directory "." because that triggers an error.

The "-type d" instructs "find" to only evaluate directories.

The "-exec mv {} /path/to/dest \;" (note the backslash before the 
command-terminating semi-colon) is the command to be executed on 
each resulting file, replacing the "{}" with the file-path that 
"find" is considering.

Hope this helps,


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