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Find and copy scattered mp3 files into one directory

Terminal - Find and copy scattered mp3 files into one directory
find . -type f -iname '*.mp3' -exec cp {} ~/mp3/ \;
2009-12-09 00:19:14
User: SlimG
Functions: cp find
1
Find and copy scattered mp3 files into one directory

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 {}"

Alternatives

There are 8 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find . -iname '*.mp3' -type f -print0 | xargs -I{} -0 cp {} </path>
2009-12-08 20:50:48
User: sputnick
Functions: cp find xargs
5

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

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.

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What others think

This command moves rather than copy, my bad, replace "mv" with "cp" to make it copy instead

Comment by SlimG 241 weeks ago

Fixed it now

Comment by SlimG 241 weeks ago

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