Replicate a directory structure dropping the files

for x in `find /path/ -type d | cut -b bytesoffoldername-`; do mkdir -p newpath/$x; done

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By: f4nt
2009-03-06 20:07:51

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This is a great command, worked for me like a charm!!! Thanks I have been looking for this for a long time..
zaipai · 484 weeks and 3 days ago
Ouch. Backticks. The only thing they offer is portability. If this command is to be run on the severely ancient and outdated Bourne shell, then you're fine. Otherwise, you should use the more readable and more capable $(). for x in $(find /path/ -type d | cut -b bytesoffoldername-); do mkdir -p newpath/$x; done
atoponce · 484 weeks and 2 days ago
Neat idea. Cut could be used a little more gracefully though. If your directory separators are forward slashes, '/', then you could ask cut to not cut out bytes (characters) but any number of directory names that you specify. Here I set the delimiter as '/' and ask for all directory names after the first. find path -type d | cut -d / -f 2-
bwoodacre · 483 weeks and 6 days ago
I added an alternative that doesn't use that ugly cut...
rocketraman · 395 weeks and 4 days ago

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