[kwlug-disc] Need some advice/assistance on a script

R. Brent Clements rbclemen at gmail.com
Tue Jun 18 13:26:48 EDT 2013


Khalid:  by inserting an "echo $FILE" in the if statement, I am seeing
"Wanted/SFMW894/SFMW894-09"  Every part of the directory name is being
truncated differently. The lowest directory is "SFMW891 to SFMW920 - Sunfly
Most Wanted", the next one is correct in this case, but possibly only
because it includes no spaces, and then the filename is truncated after the
first space.

Is this possibly a shell issue?  I am using the default shell in xubuntu.

Brent


On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> Ech!
>
> 'rm -fr <mytopdir>'
>
> should probably be 'rmdir -pv <mytopdir>'
>
> Anything left behind is non-empty and needs further investigation.
>
> If you check and don't care about anything left behind, then run the 'rm
> -fr'.
>
>
> On 13-06-18 12:52 PM, unsolicited wrote:
>
>> Would:
>>
>> cd <mytopdir>
>> find . -type d -execdir "mv -fv * <myparentdir>" \;
>> rm -fr <mytopdir>
>>
>> do it?
>>
>> i.e. find the directories, within each found directory, execute the
>> command.
>>
>> - don't move under topdir, to facilitate rm <mytopdir>
>> (mv <newdir> <mytopdir> after the fact if useful)
>>
>> - probably want a v or inquire on that last rm, just in case something
>> didn't move.
>>
>> On 13-06-18 12:15 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>>
>>> cd /your_directory
>>>
>>> # Iterate through files
>>> for FILE in `find . -type f`
>>> do
>>>    # Don't move the file if it is already in the root directory
>>>    if [ `dirname $FILE` != '.' ]; then
>>>      mv $FILE .
>>>    fi
>>> done
>>>
>>> # Remove the directories
>>> for DIR in `find . -type d`
>>> do
>>>    if [ `dirname $FILE` != '.' ]; then
>>>      rm -rf $DIR
>>>    fi
>>> done
>>>
>>> On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM, R. Brent Clements
>>> <rbclemen at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>
>>>  I need to do something dramatically destructive.  I want to take a large
>>>> directory tree of folders, and collapse them all down to their root
>>>> folder.  File collisions are irrelevant.  How would you guys do this?
>>>> (assume for the moment that you would).
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