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Offline Juanito

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Trying to copy a list of files
« on: February 04, 2011, 05:35:27 AM »
I'm faced with trying to copy about a 1000 jpg files from 10,000 of other files from a windows hd.

Of course the windows folders have spaces in the folder names, but why will this work:
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sudo cp --parents "/mnt/nfs/backup/DOCUMENTS/dumb windows folder name/dumb file name.jpg" /mnt/public-wd/temp
and this will not work:
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for F in `cat files`; do sudo cp --parents "$F" /mnt/public-wd/temp; done
..where files contains a list of the 1000 jpg files enclosed in "", eg "/mnt/nfs/backup/DOCUMENTS/dumb windows folder name/dumb file name.jpg"

..any pointers would be much appreciated

Offline TaoTePuh

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Re: Trying to copy a list of files
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2011, 06:25:08 AM »
Maybe you are looking for :

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export IFS=

Offline Lee

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Re: Trying to copy a list of files
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2011, 06:25:52 AM »
I think it is because
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for F in `cat files` ....
breaks on spaces as well as on line breaks.  Try something like this

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cat files |while read F ; do {
...
} done

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Offline Juanito

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Re: Trying to copy a list of files
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2011, 07:31:51 AM »
thanks - I got the job done with tar