The example below shows what I want to do, namely take the result from my last pipe and put it into the middle of the next command (where I wrote $RESULT_FROM_FIND_COMMAND).

$ find . -name "*0.01*txt" | cp $RESULT_FROM_FIND_COMMAND $(awk '{{split($1,a,"/")} {print a[3]"_"a[4]"_"a[5]}}')

What variable or command must I use to achieve this?

I'm using bash if that matters.

Ps. note that awk should also take the result from find as an input.

  • Could probably do this with a for i in $(find . -name "*0.01*txt") do ..., but I would like a version that follows the format above. – The Unfun Cat Jun 23 '13 at 7:52
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    What about find . -name "*0.01*txt" | awk '{split($1,a,"/"); print "echo cp "$1" "a[3]"_"a[4]"_"a[5]}' | sh? (If satisfied by the output, remove the “echo” to perform copying.) – manatwork Jun 23 '13 at 9:18
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    What's wrong with -exec on the find? – Mel Boyce Jun 23 '13 at 9:19

In this case, use the shell to iterate

find . -name "*0.01*txt" | while IFS= read -r filename; do
    newname=$(awk '{split($1,a,"/"), print a[3]"_"a[4]"_"a[5]}' <<< "$filename")"
    cp "$filename" "$newname"

In general, xargs is helpful:

find .... -print0 | xargs -o -I FILE someCommand arg1 FILE arg3 FILE
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