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Make directory including intermediate directories

Terminal - Make directory including intermediate directories
mkdir -p a/long/directory/path
2009-02-07 15:26:27
User: tjweir
Functions: mkdir
Make directory including intermediate directories

This will create the intermediate directories that do not exist.

I did not know about this for a long time.


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awesome, thats something i've never known

Comment by goatboy 389 weeks and 4 days ago

@goatboy, I wish that I had known about it earlier. A coworker at IBM used it in passing one day, my jaw dropped. :)

Comment by tjweir 389 weeks and 3 days ago

great tip, did not know this before now.

Comment by chaser 374 weeks and 6 days ago

you can also use the list notation:

mkdir -p root/child0/child1/{ab,cd,de,ef}

will create 4 directories named 'ab', 'cd', 'de', 'ef' in root/child0/child1.

this annotation can also be nested

Comment by linuxswords 359 weeks and 5 days ago

This wors too:

mkdir -p ~/{2010..2015}/{01..12}/{1..4}/{1..7}

Comment by wavic 47 weeks and 4 days ago

works :)

Comment by wavic 47 weeks and 4 days ago

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