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Old 11-29-2012
Copy files listed in text file to new directory

I am trying to write a script that will copy all file listed in a text file (100s of file names) to a new directory
Assume script will run with main as current working directory and I know how many files/lines will be in List.txt

Im trying to work up a test script using this model
Contents of main
Code:
script.sh
sort < is a folder
List.txt
stuff.pdf
misc.rtf
junk.txt
thing.txt

Contents of List.txt
Code:
stuff.pdf
misc.rtf
thing.txt

Script so far (contests of script.sh)
Code:
#1/bin/bash

count =0
while [ $count -le 3 ]
do
    filename= sed -n '1p' List
    cp $filename sort
    count=$(($count + 1 ))
done

2 things 2 Do
(1)
count though lines with counter
something like
Code:
filename= sed -n '$countp' List

(2)
use the file name stored in $filename in copy command
right now its viewing sort as the source not the destination $filename is not being read in

Its a small script but any help would be appreciated

Last edited by Scott; 11-29-2012 at 08:38 AM.. Reason: Please use code tags
# 2  
Old 11-29-2012
Even though you don't know how many lines are there in the List (file with filenames), you could do copying to the directory.

Code:
cat List.txt | while read line
do
cp $line <<desired_directory>>/
done

# 3  
Old 11-29-2012
You can also try this from command line

Code:
Text_File=$( awk '{print $1}' texfilename)
cp $Text_File targetdirectory


Last edited by Scott; 11-29-2012 at 11:34 AM.. Reason: Please use code tags
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