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Replicate a directory structure dropping the files

Terminal - Replicate a directory structure dropping the files
for x in `find /path/ -type d | cut -b bytesoffoldername-`; do mkdir -p newpath/$x; done
2009-03-06 20:07:51
User: f4nt
Functions: cut mkdir
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Replicate a directory structure dropping the files

Alternatives

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Terminal - Alternatives
find . -type d -exec mkdir -p $DESTDIR/{} \;
find . -type d -print0 | (cd $DESTDIR; xargs -0 mkdir)
2010-11-18 09:33:51
User: rocketraman
Functions: cd find xargs
1

Here is how to replicate the directory structure in the current directory to a destination directory (given by the variable DESTDIR), without copying the files.

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This is a great command, worked for me like a charm!!! Thanks I have been looking for this for a long time..

Comment by zaipai 266 weeks and 5 days ago

Ouch. Backticks. The only thing they offer is portability. If this command is to be run on the severely ancient and outdated Bourne shell, then you're fine. Otherwise, you should use the more readable and more capable $().

for x in $(find /path/ -type d | cut -b bytesoffoldername-); do mkdir -p newpath/$x; done
Comment by atoponce 266 weeks and 5 days ago

Neat idea. Cut could be used a little more gracefully though. If your directory separators are forward slashes, '/', then you could ask cut to not cut out bytes (characters) but any number of directory names that you specify. Here I set the delimiter as '/' and ask for all directory names after the first.

find path -type d | cut -d / -f 2-
Comment by bwoodacre 266 weeks and 2 days ago

I added an alternative that doesn't use that ugly cut...

Comment by rocketraman 178 weeks ago

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