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Find and copy scattered mp3 files into one directory

Terminal - Find and copy scattered mp3 files into one directory
find . -iname '*.mp3' -type f -print0 | xargs -I{} -0 cp {} </path>
2009-12-08 20:50:48
User: sputnick
Functions: cp find xargs
5
Find and copy scattered mp3 files into one directory

No problem with word splitting. That should works on many Unix likes.

Alternatives

There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find . -name '*.mp3' -type f -exec sh -c 'exec cp -f "$@" /home/user/dir' find-copy {} +
2009-12-08 19:31:16
User: mariusz
Functions: cp find sh
1

I used this command to recursively gather all mp3 files that were previously imported into their own directories (sorted by band name) in Songbird.

find . -type f -iname '*.mp3' -exec cp {} ~/mp3/ \;
2009-12-09 00:19:14
User: SlimG
Functions: cp find
1

This command copies all filenames in the current dir and subdirs that end in .mp3 regardless of case (also matches .MP3 .mP3 and .Mp3)

It copies all the files to the "mp3" folder in your home directory.

If you want to see the files that are beeing copied, replace "cp {}" with "cp -v {}"

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What others think

No need for -print0 and xargs -0 if your version of find supports the "xargs-mode" -exec option:

find . -name "*.mp3" -exec cp -t path {} +
Comment by bwoodacre 295 weeks ago

This also matches dirnames that end in .mp3

Comment by SlimG 295 weeks ago

-f flag and -iname instead of -name added...

Comment by sputnick 295 weeks ago

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