How do I copy all the files with "t_1" in the name to a different directory using one command?

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    cp "*t_1*" /target/dir/... – jasonwryan Sep 24 '16 at 0:58
  • @jasonwryan it is saying "cp: cannot stat ‘t_1’: No such file or directory" – Jarhead Sep 24 '16 at 1:05
  • Are you in a directory that includes at least one file with t_1 in the name? – jasonwryan Sep 24 '16 at 1:15
  • Yes because I can do ls | grep "t_1" and files show up. There are 4. – Jarhead Sep 24 '16 at 1:22
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    Remove the quotes: *t_1*... – jasonwryan Sep 24 '16 at 1:26


cp /path/to/files/*t_1* /path/to/destination

or just

cp ./*t_1* /path/to/destination

if the files are in the current directory.


for f in ./*t_1*; do
    cp "$f" /path/to/destination

That should work for sure, even if there are many thousands of files matching the pattern in the current directory.


Here is a quick fix..

find ./ -name '*t_1*' -exec mv '{}' ./ \;

This code will move all the files (containing the search pattern in the file name) one level up the hierarchy.

For example, Let's say that all your 't_1' files are stored in /Home/Desktop/ directory. Then just go to /Home/ from terminal and execute this command. All the 't_1' files will be moved from /home/Desktop/ to /home/ directory.

All the files irrespective of the position of t_1 in the filename will be copied.

  • just copy the command as it is....presence or absence of a whitespace will affect the results. I have tried and tested this command before posting this answer – Upendra Pratap Singh Sep 24 '16 at 6:03
  • once you have all your files in the parent folder, you can move the entire parent folder wherever you wish – Upendra Pratap Singh Sep 24 '16 at 6:09
  • This would copy all the files matching the pattern in the current directory or below, to the current directory, not just from one level below the current directory. – Kusalananda Jun 22 at 7:11

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