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I was trying this command...am I going correct? other there is better way

I was trying to copy all debs from apt cache to some storage location and I was taking this approach...

Code:
/var/cache/apt/archives# ls -1 | grep -v jdownloader | fgrep .deb | xargs cp /media/eshant/L-STORE/Softwares/openjdk/

an error bla_bla.deb is a not directory stalled me

Suggestions please...
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Do any of the file names have embedded blanks? That's my first guess as cause of problem.
Code:
ls | grep -v jdownloader | fgrep .deb | grep " "

# 3  
You can try this pax :
Code:
cd /var/cache/apt/archives
pax -rw -s '/jdownloader*//' *.deb /media/eshant/L-STORE/Softwares/openjdk/

# 4  
Quote:
Originally Posted by hanson44
Do any of the file names have embedded blanks? That's my first guess as cause of problem.
Code:
ls | grep -v jdownloader | fgrep .deb | grep " "

no there is none such pattern
# 5  
That surprises me. Smilie The reason I suspected is as follows:
Code:
$ ls -1
xxx
yyy
zzz zzz

Code:
$ ls | grep " "
zzz zzz

Code:
$ ls -1 | xargs cp /tmp/
cp: target `zzz' is not a directory

Are you seeing same error message? What exact error message do you see?

Any chance other "funny" character (besides a blank) in the file names? Try something like:
Code:
ls | grep "[[:cntrl:]]"

# 6  
Use below command :

cd to that directory ;

Code:
find . ! -name "*jdownloader*" -name "*.deb" -exec cp {} /media/eshant/L-STORE/Softwares/openjdk/ \;

Let me know if it works ..I am not sure why your command is not working. I also checked but facing same problem for your command. But try find command to get it done.

Last edited by Scott; 04-21-2013 at 06:07 PM.. Reason: Code tags
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Quote:
Originally Posted by linuxconcepts
Use below command :

cd to that directory ;

find . ! -name "*jdownloader*" -name "*.deb" -exec cp {} /media/eshant/L-STORE/Softwares/openjdk/ \;

Let me know if it works ..I am not sure why your command is not working. I also checked but facing same problem for your command. But try find command to get it done.
That will work.
It will also solve the primary problem: xargs appends arguments to the given one, while cp needs the given destination last.

Last edited by MadeInGermany; 04-21-2013 at 03:42 PM..
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