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# 8  
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Originally Posted by cmccabe
Code:
Auto_user_S5_0271-95-v5.6_Oncomine_Childhood_Cancer_Research_DNA_and_Fusions.pdf  ---> R_2019_01_30_14_24_53_user_S5-0271-95-v5.6_Oncomine_Childhood_Cancer_Research_DNA_and_Fusions
Auto_user_S5_0271-96-v5.6_Oncomine_Childhood_Cancer_Research_DNA_and_Fusions.pdf ---> R_2019_01_30_14_24_53_user_S5-0271-96-v5.6_Oncomine_Childhood_Cancer_Research_DNA_and_Fusions

Yes I am just trying to move or copy the .pdf with a partial match (portion in green) to the folder with the partial match (other portion in green).

... ... ...
But the portions shown in green don't match. The green portion in the PDF files contain two underscores and two hyphens. The green portion in the directories contain one underscore and three hyphens.
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But the portions shown in green don't match. The green portion in the PDF files contain two underscores and two hyphens. The green portion in the directories contain one underscore and three hyphens.
I missed that, should be:

pdf ---> folder
0271-96-v5.6 0271-96-v5.6
0271-95-v5.6 0271-95-v5.6

Thank you Smilie.
# 10  
Maybe something a little faster and easier (i.e., no invocations of awk, basename, cut, find, or sort), like:
Code:
#!/bin/bash
set -xv
cd /home/cmccabe/folder || exit 1
for pdf in *.pdf
do	# Extract common component from the name...
	key=${pdf#*_*_*_}	# Get rid of 1st 3 underscores and everything
				# before them.
	key=${key%%_*}		# Get rid of the next underscore and everything
				# after it.

	# Copy PDF file to directory with a name containing the key.
	cp "$pdf" *"$key"*/
done

This was tested with both bash and ksh on macOS Mojave, version 10.14.3 and seems to do what you want with the two sample PDF files and the two sample directory names provided in this thread. The PDF files were copied to the expected directories.
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# 11  
works perfect.... thank you Smilie.

What does pdf# in the key do? Thank you Smilie.
# 12  
In the code:
Code:
for pdf in *.pdf
do	# Extract common component from the name...
	key=${pdf#*_*_*_}	# Get rid of 1st 3 underscores and everything
				# before them.

$pdf expands to the name of the PDF file being processed on this iteration through the for loop. The first value assigned to key is the expansion of the contents of the value assigned pdf with the shortest string matching the filename matching pattern *_*_*_ removed from the beginning of the string if that pattern matches the value assigned to pdf, otherwise it returns the entire value assigned to pdf. So, with your sample PDF filename:
Code:
Auto_user_S5_0271-95-v5.6_Oncomine_Childhood_Cancer_Research_DNA_and_Fusions.pdf

used on the first time through the loop, key is initially assigned the value:
Code:
0271-95-v5.6_Oncomine_Childhood_Cancer_Research_DNA_and_Fusions.pdf

without the text shown in red that is matched by the pattern *_*_*_ and on the 2nd time though the loop with pdf assigned the 2nd PDF filename:
Code:
Auto_user_S5_0271-96-v5.6_Oncomine_Childhood_Cancer_Research_DNA_and_Fusions.pdf

key will initially be assigned the value:
Code:
0271-96-v5.6_Oncomine_Childhood_Cancer_Research_DNA_and_Fusions.pdf

without the text marked in red that matches the same filename matching pattern.
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