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# 1  
Old 11-19-2001
move files from folder thats are not empty


I would like to write a shell script that moves files from one folder to another without retrieving the error 'can not find file or folder' when the folder is empty.

Any ideas,

Thx in advance,

# 2  
Old 11-19-2001


I hope this might help as I tested it very briefly.

dir_one="your directory pathway/tmp" //* directory where files could be *//
dir_two="your directory pathway/tmp2" //* directory where files moving to *//
for files in $dir_one/*.txt     //* files with "txt" extension *//            
 if [ -a $files ]               //* checks if files exists *//                
    mv $files $dir_two          //* If so they get moved to new directory *// 
   echo "no files to move"      //* the else bit could be left out * /        


added code tags for readability --oombera

Last edited by oombera; 02-19-2004 at 04:38 PM..
# 3  
Old 11-19-2001
Maverick, if I read your solution right, you want to get the list of files in the source directory, then move each one in the for-loop? If that's the case, the for-statement needs to do an ls command:

for files in `ls $dir_one/*.txt 2> /dev/null`

and the else-statement will never get executed because an empty for-list will not loop. Following solution does a single move if the directory file count is > 0 :
if [ `ls $dir_one | wc -l` -gt 0 ] ; then
   mv $dir_one/* $dir_two
   echo 'no files to move'


added code tags for readability --oombera

Last edited by oombera; 02-19-2004 at 04:38 PM..
# 4  
Old 11-20-2001
What about :
mv /some/directory/* /other/directory/

cd /some/directory/
mv * /other/directory/

The * should be expanded by the shell to each name in that directory. For example, try `ls`, then try `echo *`.
Looks familiar, no?
# 5  
Old 11-20-2001
Wow, so that's what that little fuzzy thing is for!

LivinFree, neither of youir solutions satisfy the requirement, as they will both produce the undesired error msg. I am assuming that he doesn't want to just discard stderr with 2> /dev/null because that would hide errors of all types.
# 6  
Old 11-20-2001
It seems not all of us are on a learning curve here...Smilie

I was under the impression this is an idea exchange and learning forum Jimbo?

# 7  
Old 11-20-2001
You're right, maverick. My apologies.

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