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Move all files with common extension to current directory

Terminal - Move all files with common extension to current directory
mv `find .zip ./` .
2009-03-27 04:42:48
User: smcpherson
Functions: mv
Move all files with common extension to current directory

This is useful if you have a collection of files in folders (for example, a bunch of .zip files that are contained in folders) and you want to move them all to a common folder.


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If you have spaces in the names, it fails. This is safer, but more overhead (since it's multiple calls to mv instead of just one)

find .zip . | while read file; do mv "$file" .; done

Comment by isaacs 340 weeks and 2 days ago


find .zip . -exec mv {} . \; ;
Comment by isaacs 340 weeks and 2 days ago

"find .zip" on my distro (ubuntu) will just try to search for anything within a file or folder that's named .zip in the current working directory, what works for me:

find * -name "*.zip" -exec mv {} . \;
Comment by SlimG 340 weeks and 2 days ago

Fail. Miserably.

1) Backticks suck.

2) Find is king.

3) Learn xargs.

Comment by atoponce 340 weeks and 2 days ago

+1 for xargs

find . -iname "*.zip" -print0 | xargs -0 mv -iv -t ./
Comment by asmoore82 339 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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