Copy by extension

Neil hok.krat at
Tue Oct 21 07:57:36 UTC 2008

On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 7:13 PM, Nils Kassube <kassube at> wrote:
> Ed Jabbour wrote:
>> I'm looking for an app that will descend into a directory and its subs,
>> find all files with a .foo extension and copy them to the bar
>> directory.  There are a lot of files, so doing it manually would be
>> tiresome.    If cp has that functionality, I can't find it.  Thanks.
> Use this:
> find -name \*.foo -exec cp {} bar \;
> However if you might have multiple files with the same name you will end
> up with only one of them in the bar directory. You can check if you have
> that problem with this command:
> find -name \*.foo -exec basename {} \; | sort | uniq -d
> Nils
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just curious: would cp -R *.foo /path/to/destination/ do the trick? Or
would it recreate the directory structure in the destination


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