Copy a directory recursively without data/files

find . -type d -exec env d="$dest_root" sh -c ' exec mkdir -p -- "$d/$1"' '{}' '{}' \;
Sample Output
export dest_root=/var/tmp/b
cd /var/tmp/a
ls -R a
a:
aa

a/aa:
bb

a/aa/bb:
cc  dd  ee

a/aa/bb/cc:

a/aa/bb/dd:
gaga

a/aa/bb/ee:
gaga

cd a
find . -type d -exec env d="$dest_root" sh -c ' exec mkdir -p -- "$d/$1"' '{}' '{}' \;

ls -R b
b:
aa

b/aa:
bb

b/aa/bb:
cc  dd  ee

b/aa/bb/cc:

b/aa/bb/dd:

b/aa/bb/ee:

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By: hahnst
2009-08-03 12:21:37

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What Others Think

the given command execs one "mkdir" for each directory - that seems a bit much. however, one "mkdir" with a list of all directories should suffice: bash> mkdir -p $(cd $DIR; find . -type d ) zsh> mkdir -p $(cd $DIR; ls -d **/*(/) ) here is zsh's globbing notation: ** recurse into subdirectories *(/) directories only enjoy! --Sven www.zshbuch.org
guckes · 463 weeks and 4 days ago

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