Copy specific files recursively using the same tree organization.

rsync -vd --files-from=<(find . -name entries -print ) . ../target_directory
This command has been used to overwrite corrupted "entries" files of a corrupted subversion working copy. Note the --files-from input format.

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By: samyboy
2010-01-26 09:41:12

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I guess that this construct: creates a temporary file that rsync is using? It's very neat - do you know how this feature is called? It also seems bash-specyfic, it didn't work in zsh - do you know the equivalent for zsh?
zabuch · 438 weeks and 2 days ago
I found this syntax browsing the web. I guess it's bash specific. I don't know zsh enough sorry :( Actually there is no temporary file because rsync gets the list directly from the find command. It's a cool quick and dirty one-liner, However I don't consider it safe to use it in a script. If I where smart would do something like this: TMPFILE=$(mktemp -t filelist.XX) find . -name a -print0 > $TMPFILE rsync -vd --from0 --files-from=$TMPFILE . ..dest /bin/rm $TMPFILE
samyboy · 437 weeks and 6 days ago
Anybody know, how to combine rsync -v --files-from= and find `cat /path/to/list.lst` list.lst contains for example path/to/*dir/dir/ path/to/*dir/filename* path/to/another/dir*/filename* ?
Edward · 418 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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