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# 1  
Old 05-13-2012
Bug Moving Files Automatically

I'm looking to find/create a script so that when a download is complete, I can run the script in order for it to automatically move a file such as...

'example.avi' into my videos folder

I'm a novice when it comes to scripting, any advice/help would be greatly appreciated!

# 2  
Old 05-14-2012
What will the constants be? Will the file be moved from /Users/<yourUserName>/Downloads to /Users/<yourUserName>/Movies ?
Will it always be a .AVI file?
# 3  
Old 05-14-2012
Constants will always be the directory. For example file downloaded to Downloads Folder, and be moved to Movies, or Music.

.avi, .mp4, or .mp3

and move to the according folder
# 4  
Old 05-14-2012
Kind of a simple approach, assumes you know how to save a bash shell script and make it executable, and to run it.
for i in ~/Downloads/*.avi
mv "$i" ~/Movies

for i in ~/Downloads/*.mp4
mv "$i" ~/Movies

for i in ~/Downloads/*.mp3
mv "$i" ~/Music

---------- Post updated at 05:53 PM ---------- Previous update was at 05:51 PM ----------

Basically, save the code to a text file on your desktop named

Open Terminal and do: chmod +x ~/Desktop/

To run it in Terminal: sh ~/Desktop/
# 5  
Old 05-14-2012
Thanks for the quick response! I really appreciate it.

It did in fact work, and I must say will save me a lot of silly time.

I am starting to read a book on shell scripting, so this is an awesome little start to it. I am familiar with C++ and Java, but am obviously new to this.

For educational purposes, would you mind explaining what "i' represents in the code?


---------- Post updated at 06:26 PM ---------- Previous update was at 06:08 PM ----------

Did the obvious editing necessary. One last question to make this script simply PERFECT! Smilie

If I wanted to take a group of folders on my Desktop and move all the content of those folders to the desktop (in a non organized fashion) how would I do that? Or if you can respond with guidance... I'm more then happy to continue the learning process.

Thanks again!

for i in ~/Desktop/*.avi
mv "$i" /Volumes/Drobo/Movies

for i in ~/Desktop/*.mp4
mv "$i" /Volumes/Drobo/Movies

for i in ~/Desktop/*.mp3
mv "$i" /Volumes/Drobo/iTunes/iTunes Media/Automatically Add to iTunes.localized


# 6  
Old 05-14-2012
cd ~/Desktop
mv folder/* ./

# 7  
Old 05-14-2012
Hmm... Didn't seem to work. I'll continue playing, and modifying.

Any other suggestions appreciated!
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