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Merge ( directories [looking for improvement]

Terminal - Merge ( directories [looking for improvement]
(cd SRC; find . -type d -exec mkdir TARGET/{} ";"; find . -type f -exec mv {} TARGET/{} ";")
2009-08-17 12:35:48
User: karel1980
Functions: cd find mkdir mv
Merge ( directories [looking for improvement]

Using a GUI file managers you can merge directories (cut and paste). This command roughly does the same (it doesn't ask for confirmation (no problem for me) and it doesn't clean up the empty SRC directories (no problem, trivial).

probably does the same:

cp -l SRC TARGET; rm -rf SRC


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Terminal - Alternatives

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What others think

Have a look at rsync, does this and much more.

Eg: (NB: the trailing '/' characters are important)

rsync -va --remove-source-files SRC/ TARGET/

Comment by lingo 319 weeks and 5 days ago

Forgot -r flag:

cp -lr SRC TARGET; rm -rf SRC

Comment by karel1980 319 weeks and 5 days ago

@lingo: true, I never looked into the rsync's hard-link options (particularily want to use hardlinks to avoid the overhead of physically copying the data)

The following command should do it

rsync -a --link-dest=SRC SRC/ TARGET/
Comment by karel1980 319 weeks and 5 days ago

and, of course --remove-source-files. Nice, did't know about that one either

Comment by karel1980 319 weeks and 5 days ago

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