View Full Version : Bash (Script) Help Please

November 9th, 2007, 02:39 AM

I need a bit of help. I need to write a bash script that will take in two (relative) directories and move files into a third directory in the following manner:

1) If and only if a command line switch is given, any file existing in one directory but not the other should be moved to the new directory.

2) When two files have identical names, the newer one should be moved to the new folder.

Come to think of it, there may be a command that does this i just don't know. Any help you can provide would be appreciated.

Oh, also, here's one hitch, anything I write needs to work on Enterprise Solaris, but don't worry about that so much, I can test and tweak it to make it work. I just need to know where to start.



November 9th, 2007, 03:47 AM

November 9th, 2007, 05:31 AM
Here are a couple quick hints:

Assuming there aren't subdirectories, you can look at each file in a directory like this:

for f in `ls somedir/`; do
echo $f; #do something here instead

To see if a file $f exists in the other directory:

for f in `ls somedir/`; do
if [ -e otherdir/$f ]; then
echo "$f exists in otherdir/"

...the ABS that BoneKracker pointed you to explains '-e' and other topics really well.

If your script needs to take command-line options, know that they're numbered $1, $2 and so on (also see info about this in the ABS).

November 9th, 2007, 01:40 PM
It sounds like something rsync could do. Probably an idea to look at the man page for rsync and see.

November 9th, 2007, 01:58 PM
Thanks for all the help so far, I'll probably start testing some scripts this afternoon.

Also, I don't believe that I can use rsync, I did look at that before I decided to write the script. It is either restricted or not installed on the Solaris box I need to use this on.

Like I said, Thanks,