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    mv files and structure

    I'm looking to be able to find a bunch of pdfs, move those pdfs to another directory, keep the directory structure, and remove the previous structures.
    So far I have been able to use the find command and copy the files while keeping the structure:

    find /home/john/books1/ -regex ".*\(pdf\|epub\|mobi\)$" -type f -exec cp '{}' /home/john/temp/ ';'

    but if I use mv I get all the files in one directory...

    find /home/john/books1/ -regex ".*\(pdf\|epub\|mobi\)$" -type f -exec mv -b '{}' /home/john/temp/ ';'


    Am I stuck using 'cp'? Which is fine, I just need to find a way to then delete them...

    find /home/john/books1/ -regex ".*\(pdf\|epub\|mobi\)$" -type f -exec rm '{}' /home/john/temp/ ';'

    I plan to also have this in a cron job but that shouldn't be a problem once I have figured out the script

    Thanks for any help


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    Re: mv files and structure

    If you use rsync, it will preserve directory hierarchies.

    Another option is to use tar like this:

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    tar cpf - /path/to/some/location | (cd /path/to/new/location; tar xf -)
    That creates a "tarball" of the source location and "pipes" it to another instance of tar that unpacks the tarball in the new location. The tarball itself is not perserved.

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    Re: mv files and structure

    I couldn't seem to get tar to be used with find but I was able to get rsync to work. so I'm happy

    rsync -r -R --include='*/' --include='*.pdf' --include='*.epub' --include='*.mobi' --exclude='*' --remove-source-files /storage/unsorted/ /home/john/Books/


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