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Copy All mp3 files in iTunes into one folder (Example: Music on Desktop) (Os X)

Terminal - Copy All mp3 files in iTunes into one folder (Example: Music on Desktop) (Os X)
find ~/Music/iTunes/ -name *.mp3 -exec cp {} ~/Desktop/Music/ \;
2009-02-23 10:43:57
User: vranx
Functions: cp find
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Copy All mp3 files in iTunes into one folder (Example: Music on Desktop) (Os X)

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This isn't properly escaped. Bad habits like this one get us in all sorts of trouble. *.mp3 will try to expand the file glob character * before execution of the command, which would mean the listing of files in the current directory you're running find from. If you quote *.mp3, then the file glob * will not be expanded, and will be interpreted correctly by find.

find ~/Music/iTunes/ -name '*.mp3' -exec cp {} ~/Desktop/Music/ \;
Comment by atoponce 394 weeks and 6 days ago

For me it worked fine without the "properly escaping". But before it gets someone in some sort of trouble, I added the two additional characters, as you suggested.

Comment by vranx 394 weeks and 6 days ago

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