Recursive copy of Folders with files

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Old 09-02-2014
HP Recursive copy of Folders with files

Dear All,

I will appreciate any help received. Our system is running on hpux v1

My problem is as follows:

We have many customer folders with name fd000100, fd000101 and so on
(Testrun)(testsqa):/>ll /TESTrun/fd000100
total 48
drwxrwx---   2 fq000100   test         96 Jun 27  2004 ca
drwxrwx---   2 fq000100   test         96 Jun  1  2003 ipo
drwxrwx---  761 fq000100   test      20480 Aug 27 14:36 reports
drwxrwx---   2 fq000100   test         96 Jun  1  2003 settle
drwxrwx---   2 fq000100   test       4096 Feb 17  2013 sign

Each customer folder has 5 sub-folders. Our target folder is reports folder.
This reports folder has many sub-folders and many files in each sub-folders.

We need to copy these reports folders with its parent folder e.g. fd000100 along with all sub-folders in it.

Say our destination path is /Testrun/new-dest

So, after copy the listing should be as follows:

(Testrun)(testsqa):/>ll /TESTrun/new-dest/fd000100
total 48
drwxrwx---  761 fq000100   test      20480 Aug 27 14:36 reports

(Testrun)(testsqa):/>ll /TESTrun/new-dest/fd000101
total 48
drwxrwx---  761 fq000100   test      20480 Aug 27 14:36 reports

and so on...

Any help or hints on this recursive copy command will be highly appreciated.

Thanks you in advance.

Last edited by Don Cragun; 09-02-2014 at 04:06 PM.. Reason: Add CODE and ICODE tags.
# 2  
Old 09-02-2014

Not entirely sure what you want to do here, am I to understand that you want to copy everything to a new destination - and place the other four directories inside the reports directory.

Or am I missng something here.


# 3  
Old 09-02-2014
you may use cp command with -rP optins (r for recursive; P for directory)

cp -rP fd000100 /TESTrun/new-dest/

---------- Post updated at 06:20 AM ---------- Previous update was at 06:18 AM ----------

if you already have the directory in destination folder, you may use -R option to merge the directories
# 4  
Old 09-02-2014
In the TESTrun directory, try this manually to see if it works in general as expected:
tar cvf - fd000100/reports | (cd new-dest && tar xvf -)

If the result is OK, and assuming all directories starting with fd do not contain any whitespaces, you can do the rest via for loop:
for i in fd*; do tar cvf - $i/reports | (cd new-dest && tar xvf -); done

# 5  
Old 09-02-2014
Why not
tar cvf - fd*/reports | { cd /TESTrun/ && tar xvf - ; }

(if it fits onto the command line)?
# 6  
Old 09-03-2014
We have around 700 such fd000100 folders e.g. fd000101, fd000102, fd000103 and so on. Hence manual copy is not an option. I tried
cp -rp fd*/reports /Testrun

But it does not serve my purposes. In the destination path the fd000100 folders are not present. Is it possible to create these folders while copying files?

The source directory structure is:

There are few millions of such text files.

I am searching for a solution to copy these directory recursively with sub-folders and files to a new destination such as


So, after copy the new directory should be as follows

Moderator's Comments:
Mod Comment Please use code tags next time for your code and data. Thanks

Last edited by vbe; 09-03-2014 at 10:40 AM..
# 7  
Old 09-03-2014
Is it possible to create these folders while copying files?
Well its possible to create these folder before copying files into... It means using a loop...
e.g. Using Junior-helper's code:
newdest=<where to copy>
for i in fd* 
   mkdir $newdest/$i
   tar cvf - $i/reports | (cd $newdest && tar xvf -)

Dont ask if the code works, because I tested... But if you have issues its because you did not say all e.g. who are the owners of the dirs and files? tar will preserve them but what about $newdest/$i ?
We cant guess all.. it looks like those directories have the same name as their owner in which case you will have to do and chown and even perhaps a chmod because I cant guess what umask you have, if any...

Last edited by vbe; 09-03-2014 at 11:39 AM..
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