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Old 02-06-2015
Copying folders with only certain files

Hello gurus, quick question

I have a bunch of folders each having subfolders that have 3 files with the same name but different in content. So I want to copy the subfolders with only those 3 files to another location. Just making up some names here,

Code:
Folder1
SubfolderX1
SubfolderY1


Folder2
SubfolderX2
SubfolderY2
SubfolderZ2

Folder3
SubfolderX3
SubfolderY3
SubfolderZ3

I want files file1, file2 and file3 inside each of these subfolders.

I want to copy all these subfolders to a different folder say Folder4
Code:
Folder4
SubfolderX1
SubfolderY1
SubfolderX2
SubfolderY2
SubfolderZ2
SubfolderX3
SubfolderY3
SubfolderZ3

with each of these having file1, file2 and file3...and nothing else...


This is what I tried

Code:
for f in Folder1 Folder2 Folder3;  do  
 cp -R $f/Subfolder* Folder4/ ; 
done


Update

Was able to solve this, thanks..

Code:
 find . -type f -not \( -name 'file1' -or -name 'file2'   -or -name 'file3'  \) -delete


Last edited by ritakadm; 02-06-2015 at 02:52 PM..
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Old 02-21-2015
Do you have to worry about name collisions, where FolderA and FolderB each contain SubfolderNN?

Also, your method copies everything and then deletes what you don't want. How about just copying what you want:
Code:
for dir in Folder1 Folder2 Folder3; do
  cd ${dir}
  find . -type f \( -name File1 -o ... -o -name FileN \) -print0 | cpio -p0dmu ../Folder4
  cd ..
done

 
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