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Top Forums Shell Programming and Scripting Script to order my video library :-) Post 302850915 by rjalex on Friday 6th of September 2013 04:47:20 AM
Old 09-06-2013
Originally Posted by Don Cragun
Am I correct in interpreting your requirements to be:
  1. You are sitting in a directory that contains both regular files and directories.
  2. You do not want to do anything with any files in directories under the directory in which you're sitting.
  3. You want to move regular files that have a file extension (such as .flc, .mkv, .avi, .mpg, or anything else) into a new directory. (It isn't clear to me whether you want to move a regular file like "movie.mkv" to "movie.mkv/movie.mkv" or to move it to "movie/movie.mkv". Which do you want?)
  4. You do not want to move (or remove) regular files that do not have a file extension.
Is this correct? (And, if so, do you want new directory names to have the extension stripped off from the names of the files that will be moved to them?)
despite my wobbly English you have understood everything !!!! :-)

The files to be moved into a newly created directory should belong only to a defined set of extension. All other extensions should be ignored (for example move.txt will remain where it is).

What I need is the newly created directory to be stripped of the file extension (which luckily appears always to be a dot followed by 3 letters).

This should also cover the theoretical case (I do not seem to have any) of two regular files with the same name but two different extensions (e.g. movie5.mkv and movie5.avi and they should both end up in the same movie5 directory).

I tried whipping up a find command to address the generation of the file list but I am under the impression that the command behaves DIFFERENTLY on Debian and on Mac OS (the two Unices I'm using) :-(

Thanks so much for trying to help.

---------- Post updated at 10:47 AM ---------- Previous update was at 09:17 AM ----------

I tried starting this script and have gone somewhere although still not want I want:

find . -type f -maxdepth 1 | while read FILE
    DIR=$(echo $FILE | sed 's/\....$//')
    if [ ! -d "$DIR" ]
                echo mkdir "$DIR"
    echo mv "$FILE" "$DIR"

It's not creating the directory if for example the file contains spaces, and therefore the mkdir fails

It's not selecting only the desired extensions

Ciao !

Last edited by rjalex; 09-06-2013 at 04:25 AM.. Reason: tried to express myself better
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MV(1)							      General Commands Manual							     MV(1)

mv - move or rename files SYNOPSIS
mv [ -i ] [ -f ] [ - ] file1 file2 mv [ -i ] [ -f ] [ - ] file ... directory DESCRIPTION
Mv moves (changes the name of) file1 to file2. If file2 already exists, it is removed before file1 is moved. If file2 has a mode which forbids writing, mv prints the mode (see chmod(2)) and reads the standard input to obtain a line; if the line begins with y, the move takes place; if not, mv exits. In the second form, one or more files (plain files or directories) are moved to the directory with their original file-names. Mv refuses to move a file onto itself. Options: -i stands for interactive mode. Whenever a move is to supercede an existing file, the user is prompted by the name of the file followed by a question mark. If he answers with a line starting with 'y', the move continues. Any other reply prevents the move from occur- ring. -f stands for force. This option overrides any mode restrictions or the -i switch. - means interpret all the following arguments to mv as file names. This allows file names starting with minus. SEE ALSO
cp(1), ln(1) BUGS
If file1 and file2 lie on different file systems, mv must copy the file and delete the original. In this case the owner name becomes that of the copying process and any linking relationship with other files is lost. 4th Berkeley Distribution April 29, 1985 MV(1)

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