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Re: [K12OSN] OT: bash help - copying a series of files



No, I don't want to copy all the files in that directory, or even a
particular pattern of files (*.desktop).

-Rob

Garrett Novotny wrote:
> Rob,
> 
> Are you trying to do all the files in that specific directory?  If so you would use a wildcard (*) or like in your example *desktop to get any files ending in desktop
> 
> example: cp /usr/local/share/icons/*.desktop /destination/folder
> 
> If you are dealing with coping folders and files folders I think you need to use the -R (recursive) switch/option...
> 
> example: you have a 10 files and 5 folders inside the folders there are also a number of files to copy all of them you could use...
> 
> cp -R /locationOfFolderAndFiles/* /destination/
> 
> Hope this helps,
> Garrett
> 
> 
> 
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> 
>>>> Nils Breunese <nils breun nl> 12/11/08 2:37 PM >>> 
> Rob Owens wrote:
> 
>> j.w. thomas wrote:
>>> Rob Owens wrote:
>>>> I've read this somewhere before, but I'm having trouble finding it  
>>>> on
>>>> google...
>>>>
>>>> I need to copy a series of files without using a loop.  I think the
>>>> syntax is something like:  cp /path/to/[file1 file2] /destination/ 
>>>> folder
>>>>
>>>> But that doesn't work.  Does anybody know the correct syntax?   
>>>> Google
>>>> isn't so good at searching special characters like [ and {
>>> I do this:
>>> cp /path/to/file1 /path/to/file2 /destination/folder
>>>
>>> If the names are as similar as you wrote though, you should be able  
>>> to
>>> do this:
>>>
>>> cp /path/to/file[12] /destination/folder
>>>
>> The names really aren't that similar.  Here's the actual paths that I
>> need to copy:
>>
>> /usr/local/share/icons/Drawings.desktop
>> /usr/local/share/icons/Obsolete\ Drawings.desktop
>> /usr/local/share/icons/Obsolete\ a\ Drawing.desktop
>>
>> Since it's only 3 files, I could do as Robert suggests:
>>
>>> cp  /path/file1  /path/file2  /path/file3  /dest/dir
>> But I was hoping to find a way with less typing, just in case  
>> someday I
>> have to do this with 10 files instead of 3.
> 
> You could first change the current working directory, so you don't  
> need to supply the path to every file.
> 
> 	cd /usr/local/share/icons
> 	cp Drawings.desktop Obsolete\ Drawings.desktop Obsolete\ a\  
> Drawing.desktop /dest/dir
> 
> Nils Breunese.
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