Move all files with common extension to current directory

mv `find .zip ./` .
This is useful if you have a collection of files in folders (for example, a bunch of .zip files that are contained in folders) and you want to move them all to a common folder.

2009-03-27 04:42:48

What Others Think

If you have spaces in the names, it fails. This is safer, but more overhead (since it's multiple calls to mv instead of just one) find .zip . | while read file; do mv "$file" .; done
isaacs · 668 weeks and 5 days ago
Or: find .zip . -exec mv {} . \; ;
isaacs · 668 weeks and 5 days ago
"find .zip" on my distro (ubuntu) will just try to search for anything within a file or folder that's named .zip in the current working directory, what works for me: find * -name "*.zip" -exec mv {} . \;
SlimG · 668 weeks and 5 days ago
Fail. Miserably. 1) Backticks suck. 2) Find is king. 3) Learn xargs.
atoponce · 668 weeks and 5 days ago
+1 for xargs find . -iname "*.zip" -print0 | xargs -0 mv -iv -t ./
asmoore82 · 668 weeks and 1 day ago
seofox · 8 weeks and 4 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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