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Flattening complex folder structures with duplicate file names

I have a folder with a complicated folder structure: ├── folder1 │ ├── 0001.jpg │ └── 0002.jpg ├── folder2 │ ├── 0001.jpg │ └── 0002.jpg ├── folder3 │ └── folder4 │ ├── 0001.jpg │ ...
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Flattening folder structure with duplicate file names [closed]

I have a folder with a complicated folder structure: ├── folder1 │ ├── 0001.jpg │ └── 0002.jpg ├── folder2 │ ├── 0001.jpg │ └── 0002.jpg ├── folder3 │ └── folder4 │ ├── 0001.jpg │ ...
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Find Directory if Number of files is over X

Am wondering if someone can advise on the best way to do this. In my Web Dir is around 100 folders; each folder is a clientID. Within each ClientID folder is a Sub-Set of folders. In each subset ...
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Bulk move files back to where they came from

What happened I'm in quite a mess right now after having clamscan scan over my windows part of the system and move all found files (which apparently includes PUA's) to a directory on another drive. ...
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Exact structure of a file [duplicate]

My question may seem really basic but I struggled to find satisfactory answer. I have started to wonder what is the exact structure of a file in Linux. There are some commands like file or ls that can ...
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merge two image folders

I have two image folders on my desktop both with around 600 images each. Both folders have some duplicate images and some images with the same file name. How do I merge both together - I do not mind ...
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Copy All Files With Certain Length File Name

In directory /source I'd like to copy all files with a file name more than 15 characters to directory /dest. Is there a UNIX command to do this? EDIT: Although this question explains how to search ...
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Find oldest directory name on a remote server?

I'm writing a backup script of sorts. My backup server contains 3 directories (named by date in the MM-DD-YYYY format) For example: 12-22-2015 12-28-2015 12-29-2015 Im writing my backup script ...
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remove files based upon diff of two text files

I have created two .txt files that look like: 5fba026dcf271c6fa174b9fc2fc1fefadf1370f9 ./.changeFiles/change/addImage1.change bb352fba5807f4d03ea11abb00e411b00ce38673 ...
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Kali Linux 2.0 File language

does someone know how to change folder names (Documents, Templates, Desktop etc.) I installed it in Croatian and change the language into English (US). Everything works and is translated except for ...
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Rename files based on their parent directory using find/xargs command?

I have a directory structure like this: Project/ | +--Part1/ | | | +--audio.mp3 | +--Part2/ | | | +--audio.mp3 | +--Part3/ | | | +--audio.mp3 ... I want to ...
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Use sed to retrieve variable from 1 file and place it in another

I need to use sed to retrieve a variable form within a file name. I am updating a previous code: cat /directory/filename1.xml | sed -e "s/XYZABC/${c}/g" > /directory/filename2.xml The value for ${c} ...
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Non writable folder even for root on linux [duplicate]

is there any folder on linux that are non writable even for root user? Thanks
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better way to overwrite?

We are currently doing classic planA. I want to know which one is better? Both fileA and fileB exist, with size of ~50-100M. assume in the same NFS mount in Linux/mac assume this is a overwrite ...
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Renaming thousand files with similar names

I'm having a difficulty creating a bash script to rename my files,so i'm asking for help. The files are in the same folder and all look something like this 1xxx_(bunch of characters)=(bunch of ...
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How to tweak the Double Commander drives list?

Double Commander can display a drives list panel above the panels, additionally a drives drop-down list can be opened by pressing the button below it. I would like to hide some items from and add some ...
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How to configure Double Commander to ask for my password and use sudo when it needs it?

As a Total Commander lover I am trying to replace it with Double Commander as Midnight Commander doesn't feel enough to me (needless to say standard single-pane file managers don't). One of the ...
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Help testing special file in `/sys/class/net/`

Background I am managing a cellular interface. I have a bash script that is testing the interface. In question is the file located at /sys/class/net/wwan1/carrier where wwan1 is an unconfigured ...
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Is there a way to know which files are being created, read or updated by running app? [duplicate]

I would like to list all files that have been read, created or updated from the app running.
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Terminal based Norton Commander program

I am looking for a terminal-based file manager like the good old Norton Commander or Total Commander...but all I have found so far are graphical and hence don't run in terminal. Is there any?
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Google Drive HTTP Error when downloading .zip file with Firefox

I'm using openSUSE 42.1 and opened a fresh install of Firefox, but somehow when I try to download a zip file from my Google Drive, an error is shown: Could not download "[filename]". HTTP error. ...
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Tips for parsing proprietary file formats?

So I got a quarkxpress file. The problem is, it confidential, so I can't upload here. In general, given some proprietary file format, what steps can you take to recover data from it in linux? I have ...
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Flatten the output of a recursive directory listing

Is there a way to list out all the files within a directory tree in a single list, sorted by modification time on Linux? ls -Rlt lists out files recursively, but they are grouped under different ...
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Invert matching lines, NUL-separated

I’m writing something that deals with file matches, and I need an inversion operation. I have a list of files (e.g. from find . -type f -print0 | sort -z >lst), and a list of matches (e.g. from ...
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Restore file permissions after Windows copy

I lost my drive with my media center on it, and I realized that I had an old backup lying around. But when I went to restore my backup, I realized that all of the files had been copied with a Windows ...
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sed in-place line deletion on full filesystem?

Due to an application bug as yet undiagnosed, I have several hundred servers with a full disk. There is one file that has been filled up with duplicate lines—not a log file, but a user environment ...
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Evenly allocate resources over multiple desinations

I'm not quite familiar enough with bash to figure this out properly, I'll try to be brief with what I'm trying to figure out! I have many paths stored in a file, along with their size (in G), such ...
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list size of folders and their changed date

How can I list the size of folders as well as their changed date? I am able to get the size of folders using du. I am also able to list the folders together with their date using $ls -ltr $path | ...
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Find files with group permissions more restrictive than owner permissions

This is an actual work-related problem. Users could previously "su - userx" and was able to execute a script with user:owner permissions as userx:groupz 760 or 540, or modify a file that's ...
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I want to list all the files in my Linux server which are older than Dec 31, 2014

I want to list all the Linux files in a directory and sub directories which are older than 31 Dec 2014. Please help me out for this.
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Find files older than X days and output them by their size

I am trying to get the files older than a number of days and list them in descending order based on their size with all their information (size, full path etc - something similar that is provided by ...
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Rename files to insert _ between StudlyCapsified words

I've a music lib where files names are like 05WithoutWallsSpanishMixChillDeLucia.mp3 (no space between words BUT exist a capital letter at beginning of every word). How do I detect this string form ...
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How to fetch file with highest version number

abc_efg_2015_hanshake_01.csv.gz abc_efg_2015_hanshake_02.csv.gz abc_efg_2015_hanshake_03.csv.gz how to fetch file with highest version number and store it in a array.
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How to navigate in dialog's file and directory selectors?

I wrote some shell scripts using dialog prompting the user for directories and files. However, I don't know how to change the directory. When I press Space in a dselect, the directory gets added to ...
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Replace numbers in file1 with corresponding line in file2

I have a file that looks like this File 1 3 123456789 3 00000 2 123456789 2 abcde 1 4 abcdefgh The lines in the first column correlate with the line number of another ...
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how to differentiate error returned while reading and for EOF in shell script

I have this task of uploading a delimited file and processing it. Once the processing is done, i either say its successful and if parsing fails, i need to throw the error. I'm reading this file line ...
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Files Just Go Missing On ext4 Partition (within TrueCrypt Volume)

There are spooky things happening on one of my external hard drives. It's a 3 TB hard drive with: one big partition taking up basically all the storage space there is, and a pretty small partition ...
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Is it a UUOC (useless use of cat) to redirect one file to another?

If I want to make the contents of file2 match the contents of file1, I could obviously just run cp file1 file2. However, if I want to preserve everything about file2 except the contents—owner, ...
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Unix Multiple Column Sort Issue

I am trying to sort a file: TX001;A0004|Number|5|0|Y|1 TX001;A0110|VARCHAR|5|0|Y|4 TX001;A1332|VARCHAR|15|0|Y|3 TX001;B3321|VARCHAR|15|0|Y|5 ...
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Opening .txt file when you open directory

Is it possible to automatically open *.txt file as you open certain directory on Ubuntu? We have a school assignment to make a text file to pop up when you open certain directory. For example, when ...
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Remove file with pound signs around it [duplicate]

I am using SSH to another terminal with very limited disk space. upon typing ls I see a file called #korpus.txt#. I suspect this file is an emacs buffer, but upon running emacs and trying to kill it ...
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How to auto run script upon driver reboot?

I am trying to set an auto run on my shell script (named driver_check.sh) which will trigger upon rebooting the driver. Basically, my script is as shown below: #!/bin/bash echo "Start script" ...
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Is there a way to create endless stream with custom character?

I need to create an endless stream of characters like /dev/zero but I need it to spam custom character (like 'a') instead of 0x00. Is there a way to do it?
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Why is it rm -rf and not rmdir -rf

I've always been curious why the command for deleting everything in a directory is rm -rf. Why aren't there flags to do the same thing with rmdir? Wouldn't it be more intuitive to use rmdir for ...
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Case … in, file type cases

I was given homework where I need to test if $1 is a file, special file or a folder in a Case $1 In statement. I tried some things but wasn't able to make it work. Do you have any idea on how to ...
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mv: Move file only if destination does not exist

Can I use mv file1 file2 in a way that it only moves file1 to file2 if file2 doesn't exist? I've tried yes n | mv -i file1 file2 (this lets mv ask if file2 should be overridden and automatically ...
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Removing duplicates in a large text list

I've searched around the internet and stackexchange for this. Even though there are lots of similar topics, I haven't found a solution yet. So, I have a quite large list (approx. 20GB), which ...
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Creating a sparse (automatically expanding and contracting) swap file with hole-punching support

I have this crazy idea, and want to know the pitfalls of such an approach (or whether it can even work with no deadlocks.. etc). The goal is to create an automatically expanding and contracting ...
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How to sort files by part of the filename?

Given the files below: ABC38388.SC01.StatueGrade_MKP ABC38388.SC02.Statue_GKP DEF38389.SC03.Statue_HKP XYZ38390.SC00.Statue_WKP How can I list them all based on the SC value, like this: ...
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How to write into local file and set its content to a variable within a ssh command substitution

I would like to write on local file (or local variable if better) and set its content to a variable within a ssh command substitution. Here is my code : REMOTE_OUTPUT=$(ssh remote@server /bin/bash ...