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copy selected folder found recursively under src retaining the structure

Terminal - copy selected folder found recursively under src retaining the structure
find <src-path-to-search> -name "<folder-name>" | xargs -i cp -avfr --parent {} /<dest-path-to-copy>
2010-11-22 10:58:42
User: crxz0193
Functions: cp find xargs
0
copy selected folder found recursively under src retaining the structure

This command will a particular folder-name recursively found under the src-path-to-search to the dest-path-to-copy retaining the folder structure

Alternatives

There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find . -type d -exec mkdir /new/path/{} \;
2011-07-18 05:17:39
User: paulochf
Functions: find mkdir
-1

It's not better than the former, just another possible way.

Found at http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/copy-directory-structure-only-208796/

Credits to whansard

The command finds all .mp3 files in all subfolders from where it's ran, catches its "relative path" and creates inside /new/path/ with the same "relative path".

PS: /new/path/ must exists

Use case: folder with flac files with tree structure ../artist/album/number-title.flac

1) convert flac->mp3 in the same folder: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/6341/convert-all-.flac-from-a-folder-subtree-in-192kb-mp3

2) search for mp3 files and recreate tree structure to another path: this command

3) move all mp3 files to that new folder: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/8854/move-mp3-files-to-another-path-with-existing-subtree-structure

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What others think

You can drop the -r from the cp command, it's implied by -a.

Comment by TheMightyBuzzard 300 weeks and 4 days ago

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