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

Hi,

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,

Steven.
# 2  
Old 11-19-2001
Lightbulb

Hi,

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 *//
Code:
for files in $dir_one/*.txt     //* files with "txt" extension *//            
 do                                                                           
 if [ -a $files ]               //* checks if files exists *//                
  then                                                                        
    mv $files $dir_two          //* If so they get moved to new directory *// 
 else                                                                         
   echo "no files to move"      //* the else bit could be left out * /        
 fi
done

Smilie
Maverick

added code tags for readability --oombera

Last edited by oombera; 02-19-2004 at 04:38 PM..
maverick
# 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 :
Code:
if [ `ls $dir_one | wc -l` -gt 0 ] ; then
   mv $dir_one/* $dir_two
else
   echo 'no files to move'
fi

Jimbo

added code tags for readability --oombera

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

or
Code:
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.
Jimbo
# 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?

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

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