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Move items from subdirectories to current directory

Terminal - Move items from subdirectories to current directory
find -type f -exec mv {} . \;
2010-03-02 07:09:45
User: and3k
Functions: find mv
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Move items from subdirectories to current directory

Find every file and move it to current directory.

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Terminal - Alternatives
ls -d */* | sed -e 's/^/\"/g' -e 's/$/\"/g' | xargs mv -t $(pwd)
2010-03-01 23:43:26
User: leovailati
Functions: ls mv sed xargs
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You WILL have problems if the files have the same name.

Use cases: consolidate music library and unify photos (especially if your camera separates images by dates).

After running the command and verifying if there was no name issues, you can use

ls -d */ | sed -e 's/^/\"/g' -e 's/$/\"/g' | xargs rm -r

to remove now empty subdirectories.

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What others think

To find in every directory and move only MP3 files to /mnt/mp3 directory:

find / -iname "*.mp3" -exec mv {} /mnt/mp3 \;

(according to NixCraft at http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/howto-linux-unix-find-move-all-mp3-file.html)

Comment by celiapgt 114 weeks and 2 days ago

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