Merge ( directories [looking for improvement]

(cd SRC; find . -type d -exec mkdir TARGET/{} ";"; find . -type f -exec mv {} TARGET/{} ";")
Using a GUI file managers you can merge directories (cut and paste). This command roughly does the same (it doesn't ask for confirmation (no problem for me) and it doesn't clean up the empty SRC directories (no problem, trivial). probably does the same: cp -l SRC TARGET; rm -rf SRC

By: karel1980
2009-08-17 12:35:48

What Others Think

Have a look at rsync, does this and much more. Eg: (NB: the trailing '/' characters are important) rsync -va --remove-source-files SRC/ TARGET/
lingo · 635 weeks ago
Forgot -r flag: cp -lr SRC TARGET; rm -rf SRC
karel1980 · 635 weeks ago
@lingo: true, I never looked into the rsync's hard-link options (particularily want to use hardlinks to avoid the overhead of physically copying the data) The following command should do it rsync -a --link-dest=SRC SRC/ TARGET/
karel1980 · 635 weeks ago
and, of course --remove-source-files. Nice, did't know about that one either
karel1980 · 635 weeks ago

What do you think?

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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