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abc-1.0.zip
kncb-1.0.zip
jenk-1.1.zip

I want to find all the above files dynamically and copy them to a directory except jenk-1.1.zip. I have tried the below command but it also copies file(jenk*.zip), need a command which copies all the above files except jenk-1.1.zip to a directory mentioned (test_dir);

find . \( -name *abc*.zip-o -name *knc*.zip ! -name "*jenk*.zip"\)  ! -path '*/test_dir/*.jar' -exec cp -ar {} ./test_dir \;
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  • if you're specifically matching "abc-1.0.zip" or "kncb-1.0.zip" why even bother excluding "jenk-1.1.zip"? It'll never match the preceding names...
    – Jeff Schaller
    Oct 15, 2018 at 20:13

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 -iname *.zip 

is looking for all zip files

! -iname "jen*.zip"

is ignoring all jenk* files

If you're looking for just zip files, there is no need to exclude jar files. If you search for files (find -type f) there is no need for the cp -r switch (recursive))

find . -type f \( -iname "*.zip" ! -iname "jen*.zip" \) -exec cp -av {} ~/test \;
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  • That will copy all zip files except for the one starting with jenk. It's not a problem if those are the only three zip files in the entire directory including the subdirectories but if they aren't then it'll be too much. Oct 15, 2018 at 20:21
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cp $(find . -maxdepth 1 -name abc-1.0.zip -o -name kncb-1.0.zip) test_dir

Run that from the directory where the files reside. If you want to descend into subdirectories, remove maxdepth 1.

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  • This looks correct, but might not work for abc-1.1.zip if OP works with versions.
    – Michael D.
    Oct 15, 2018 at 20:32
  • He's not trying copy abc-1.1.zip. Oct 15, 2018 at 20:47

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