Move all located items to folder

locate -0 -i *barthes* | xargs -0 mv -t ~/'Library/Books/Barthes, Roland'
Find all books on my systems and move them into folder. The -0 switches are to handle spaces etc. in the filenames. Why would you need this? Locate uses an index, so it's super quick, and xargs is more elegant than a for loop.

By: qdrizh
2014-11-16 18:26:35

What Others Think

I think locate searches the complete file-system so you may not be able to move some items that match your pattern due to permissions. A more specific "find" may be more practical: find /some/dir/ -name '*barthes*' -exec mv -t dest_dir {} +
zlemini · 342 weeks and 5 days ago
You can prune system paths from the index in /etc/updatedb.conf I never understand why with Linux we use a global indexed search for system files and a slow find for user files.
qdrizh · 340 weeks and 3 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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