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Old 09-21-2014
Question I want to copy all files of a said type on my external hard drive

My code is this, what I'm trying to accomplish is to make a list of all pdf documents in my computer and then copy all of those documents to my external hard drive in a directory

Code:
mkdir /Volumes/Hardrive-1/allpdf
 
echo "File Locations" > /Volumes/Hardrive-1/allpdf/FileLocations.txt
mdfind pdf >> /Volumes/Hardrive-1/allpdf/FileLocations.txt
 
find ~/ -iname "*.pdf" -exec cp {} /Volumes/Hardrive-1/allpdf/ \;

When i compile the code and test it, it creates the "allpdf" directory and creates the "FileLocations.txt" file with all the files that contain "pdf" in their names or extensions, but the last part of my code seems to be unable to work and all I get is a "bad path" perhas there's a mistake somewhere? thanks in advance

Last edited by Don Cragun; 09-21-2014 at 08:49 PM.. Reason: Add CODE tags.
# 2  
Old 09-21-2014
Try:

Code:
find ~/ -iname "*.pdf" -print0 | xargs -0 cp -t "/Volumes/Hardrive-1/allpdf/"

# 3  
Old 09-22-2014
Doesn't work

It doesn't work and only returns this Smilie :


Code:
mkdir: /Volumes/D-MEM/D: File exists
find: /Users/my_username//Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/na6g9efh.default/jetpack: Permission denied
find: /Users/my_username//Library/Saved Application State/com.adobe.flashplayer.installmanager.savedState: Permission denied


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