Find Movies but NOT TV Series using find and regex

find . -type f -regextype posix-extended ! -regex '^.*[S|s|\.| ]{0,1}[0-9]{1,2}[e|x][0-9][0-9].*\.(avi|mkv|srt)$' \( -iname "*.mkv" -or -iname "*.avi"-or -iname "*.srt" \)
Identify Movies but NOT TV Series using find and regex While it's easy to find video files, it's not easy to check wheter they are Movies or part of TV Series; this could be important if you need to move files before cataloguing them. Using Regex this could become possibile. Normally TV Series are names with Season and Episode numbers in the file name, this way: "X-Files S01E12 - Gna gna gna.avi" or "3x04.Falling.Skies.-.The.Revenge.mkv" and so on. This RegEx will find correct Episodes if they have the structure "S00E00" or "0E00" or "S00x00" or "0x00". Inversing RegEx makes the trick to find out Movies.

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By: marcolino
2017-05-08 10:56:21

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  • While it's easy to find video files, it's not easy to check wheter they are Movies or part of TV Series; this could be important if you need to move files before cataloguing them. Using Regex this could become possibile. Normally TV Series are names with Season and Episode numbers in the file name, this way: "X-Files S01E12 - Gna gna gna.avi" or "3x04.Falling.Skies.-.The.Revenge.mkv" and so on. This RegEx will find correct Episodes if they have the structure "S00E00" or "0E00" or "S00x00" or "0x00". In case you should need to find Movies but NOT TV Series, you have to inverse the RegEx when finding video files: find . -type f -regextype posix-extended ! -regex '^.*[S|s|\.| ]{0,1}[0-9]{1,2}[e|x][0-9][0-9].*\.(avi|mkv|srt)$' \( -iname "*.mkv" -or -iname "*.avi"-or -iname "*.srt" \)


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    find . -type f -regextype posix-extended -regex '^.*[S|s|\.| ]{0,1}[0-9]{1,2}[e|x][0-9][0-9].*\.(avi|mkv|srt)$'
    marcolino · 2017-05-08 10:16:07 0

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