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I have a folder with images(png, bmp, jpg) and extension-less files.

I cant figure out how to move only the extension-less files. They are all random numbered files.

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With bash

shopt -s extglob
mv -- !(*.jpg|*.png|*.bmp) targetdir/
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The ! is to tell the command to do the opposite of what is specified? –  Dominique May 2 '14 at 22:28
@Dominique, ! is an extended glob operator that matches anything other than the patterns specified, read more about it here –  1_CR May 2 '14 at 22:35
Can I just suggest writing the target directory as targetdir/ to guard against the case where if it doesn't exist, the source files are successively renamed as targetdir? –  steeldriver May 2 '14 at 22:44
@steeldriver, good point, incorporated. Feel free to edit anytime –  1_CR May 2 '14 at 22:47
@steeldriver, if there are several sources, mv won't do anything if the target isn't a directory. But you are right in that it won't work right if there is just one source –  vonbrand May 3 '14 at 8:59

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