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Create a false directory structure for testing your commands

Terminal - Create a false directory structure for testing your commands
for each in /usr/bin/*; do echo $each | sed 's/\/usr\/bin\///' | xargs touch; done
2011-10-13 19:14:34
User: evil
Functions: echo sed xargs
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Create a false directory structure for testing your commands

This will make a false directory with the same file names as whatever directory you choose. This is wise to use when testing scripts that alter contents, filenames, or move files. I wrote this after an OOPS I made when renaming a directory of JPGs, PNGs, PSDs that were mixed. I recommend this as I lost over 2000 vacation pictures and some graphics I designed for software and web sites. :(

NOTE: This only creates name copies, that data itself is not copied.

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Terminal - Alternatives
for i in /usr/bin/* ;do touch ${i##*/}; done
2011-10-20 12:38:45
User: _john
Functions: touch
Tags: bash find xargs zsh
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You could avoid xargs and sed in this case (shorter command and less forking): At least bash and zsh have some mighty string modifiers.

I would also suggest using find with exec option to get more flexibility. You may leave out or include "special" file for example.

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