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Old 05-16-2012
Read input txt while find copy

I have a text file called file.txt which has a list of file as shown below that i need to find and copy to a particular location.


i am using following code and it never works however i try it.
cat file.txt | while read FILENAME;do find .  -name "$FILENAME" -type f -print -exec cp '{}' /testdir /; done;

Also point to consider while doing this is there is possibility of have 1 file in many directory in that case need to copy them to target folder like file1 file2

Can someone please give me a more better code.

Thank you

Last edited by Franklin52; 05-16-2012 at 06:57 AM.. Reason: Please use code tags
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Old 05-16-2012
Sooooo close!
cat file.txt | while read FILENAME;do find .  -name "$FILENAME" -type f -print -exec cp '{}' /testdir \; done;

---------- Post updated at 01:05 PM ---------- Previous update was at 01:01 PM ----------

As for your second problem (same file from different directories), here's one solution:
tar cf /testdir/archive.tar `cat file.txt | while read FILENAME;do find .  -name "$FILENAME" -type f -print;done `

archive.tar will then contain all the files you want. You can extract them (with relative path names) using
tar xf /testdir/archive.tar

Last edited by otheus; 05-17-2012 at 02:12 PM.. Reason: missing "done"
# 3  
Old 05-17-2012
Dear Otheus,
Thank you for your quik, solution but still it does not work and the code dose not seem complete when i execute them. it expects something more not quite sure what.
# 4  
Old 05-17-2012
Perhaps something like this:
find . $(sed 's/^/-name /; $!s/$/ -o /' infile) -type f .....

# 5  
Old 05-17-2012
I was missing "done" in my code. I Corrected the post. But Scrutinizer's post is also correct and more efficient. Both commands will fail, by the way, if there are too many files and the command line is too long. In that case you'd use xargs with my solution:
tar cf $BACKUP
cat file.txt | while read FILENAME;do find .  -name "$FILENAME" -type f -print;done |
{ read onefile; tar cf $BACKUP $onefile; xargs -r tar rf $BACKUP ; }

xargs tries to fill the command line with as many parameters as possible, invoking "tar rf $BACKUP " as a prefix to each command. If there are too many command-line parameters, it runs another invocation of the "tar rf $BACKUP" command with the rest of the parameters. The "r" option of tar adds to an existing tar file, so we first have to create it using the first file on the list. So we "read onefile" to get the first filename from the find operation. We then create the archive file using $onefile as the only argument. Now xargs can do its job properly.

Last edited by otheus; 05-17-2012 at 02:22 PM..

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