mv xrags and cp

Marius Gedminas marius at
Mon Jan 15 21:33:44 UTC 2007

On Tue, Jan 16, 2007 at 12:16:53AM +0300, OOzy Pal wrote:
> I am trying to search for all images in all direcotries under olddir
> and cp them to one single direcotry called newdir bearing in mind that
> there might be duplicate files
> home/t/1.jpg
> home/g/1.jpg

What do you want done with duplcate files?

> I tried the following but no help
> find olddir -name *.jpg |xargs -t -I {} cp {} newdir/{}
> I get errors like
> cp test/ksi-1253.jpg newdir/test/ksi-1253.jpg
> cp: cannot create regular file `newdir/test/ksi-1253.jpg': No such
> file or directory
> note that there is nothing under newdir

If you want the new files to end up in the same directory, do not
mention {} in the cp's destination (and I also suggest you quote

  find olddir -name '*.jpg' |xargs -t -I {} cp {} newdir/

If you want to deal with unsafe characters in file names, better do

  find olddir -name '*.jpg' -print0 |xargs -0 -t -I {} cp {} newdir/

Actually, in this case you don't win much from using xargs, so you
could just as well use find -exec:

  find olddir -name '*.jpg' -exec cp {} newdir/ \;

Marius Gedminas
How much net work could a network work, if a network could net work?
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