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Old 07-12-2001
Copying all files of type "pdf"


Within a shell script I'm trying to copy all the files in a directory structure to another folder but only the files of type "pdf"

I have made a start but I can't work out how to finish it.

find $ATEBUILD/doc/user -name "*.pdf" | xargs cp THEN WHAT?

I hope this makes sense!

# 2  
Old 07-12-2001
to be honest you are making it a bit complicated, try just using just the 'cp' command with wildcards.

# 3  
Old 07-12-2001
could you give an example of how I'd do that?

It would be a great help

# 4  
Old 07-12-2001
Done it

Don't worry I've found a solution. (Well I got a UNIX guru in my office to do it.)

It pipes the destination directory as well by the way.

find source-directory -name "*.pdf"
echo desitnation-directory
| xargs cp

Just in case you are ever in the same situation!
# 5  
Old 07-12-2001
cp /sourcepath/sourcedir/*.pdf /destpath/destdir/

should do it as well without the need for pipes, paths or even a second command.

Apologies for the delay in getting back,
# 6  
Old 07-12-2001

Well that search through the subdirectories of the source directory or would I have to put another option in?

# 7  
Old 07-12-2001

cp -rf /sourcepath/sourcedir/*.pdf /destpath/destdir/

..... goes down the directory. The xargs and pipe is not required to do this simple copy. It is routinely and mundanely done with cp countless thousands of times each day all over the world Smilie

On the other hand, it is great to see such creativity using the xargs and pipe !!!!! Can anyone think of another way to do this without cp ? Smilie
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