View Full Version : Zenuty --confirm-overwrite

October 21st, 2009, 10:29 PM
Hi not sure if this is really the right place for this but here goes...
How can I make this:

#Move multiple files
toHere=`zenity --multiple --file-selection --directory`
mv $moveThis $toHereso that it will not over-write a file if it is there ( I am new to this as you can probably tell)
I tried

toHere=`zenity --multiple --file-selection --save --confirm-overwrite --directory'using all sorts of scenarios.. meaning moving the --save and --confirm-overwrite in different positions what happens is I do get the dialog and it will not move nothing when I click ok (the dialog still stays) however when I click cancel it will move one of the 2 files, I tried it with 3 files, 2 that were in the spot I was moving to and one not, when I click ok nothing, then when click cancel nothing. Any help or pointing me in a direction that might be able give me help will be appriciated, thanks!

October 22nd, 2009, 01:57 AM
I believe the --confirm-overwrite option only makes sense when selecting files, not directories. Instead you could check whether the directory is empty or not in bash, and use a zenity --question if it's not empty.

How to check if a directory is empty or not is explained here http://mywiki.wooledge.org/BashFAQ/004

Also, remember to "quote" pattern expansions.

mv "$moveThis" "$toHere"
Without quotes, you'll get undesired results if either of the variables contains path names with spaces. This has an explanation of why http://bash-hackers.org/wiki/doku.php/syntax/words