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Old 04-15-2016
How to recursively copy directory only for recent files?

I love the -newerct flag for the Cygwin find command on windows.

Can I use "/usr/bin/find . -newerct '3 hours ago'" to conditionally copy a directory tree so that only the files in the directory tree that are younger than 3 hours are copied to my destination directory such that the directory structure is preserved?

Can someone give me a sample /usr/bin/find command (or some other utility) that will only recreate those parts of the directory tree on a different memory stick that are younger than 3 hours?

Thank you
Siegfried
# 2  
Old 04-15-2016
You've got the command. Where are you stuck?
# 3  
Old 04-16-2016
This command does not recreate the directory structure
Code:
/usr/bin/find .  -type f -newerct '8 days ago' -exec cp {} /cygdrive/c/deleteme.txt \; -print

This code correctly finds the one file in the directory structure. It is in a great-grandchild directory. It copies the file to the top level directory with a file name of deleteme.txt instead of creating a directory tree called deleteme.txt with the child, grand child and great grand child sub-directories.

How do I create the directory structure?

Thanks,

Siegfried

Last edited by siegfried; 04-16-2016 at 03:20 AM..
# 4  
Old 04-16-2016
List the results - don't cp yet. Then, go through the list, separate the directories from the path, and use mkdir -p to create it. Then only you can copy...
# 5  
Old 04-19-2016
Good idea!
Thanks!

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