Questions tagged [file-copy]

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Copy files with renaming

I have a huge file tree. Some files have same name but in different case, e.g., some_code.c and Some_Code.c. So when I'm trying to copy it to an NTFS/FAT filesystem, it asks me about whether I want ...
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How do I only copy files to a remote folder on another server that don't already exist in the folder… from the command line in linux?

I have two folders on two different servers. I want to sync files between A and B, however, I only want to copy files that don't already exist in folder B because these files are huge. I don't care ...
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mkdir based on input from other directories

I have a directory full of albums I've ripped to FLAC format. Folders are named "Artist - Album [flac]" I need to create matching directories named "Artist - Album [mp3]" but only for certain folders.....
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Copy/Move whole folder but with certain extentions

I have a backup copy of my site located in /tmp/backup and want to copy it to /home/mysite/public_html But my aim is to copy only the .php files (with nested folders) and replace. If I don't have ...
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File manager with spring-loaded folders?

One thing I miss about Finder, Mac OS X's file manager, is the spring-loaded folder function where if you drag a file(s) over another folder long enough, the folder would open and you can "navigate" ...
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Terminal command vs. GUI drag & drop when copying large no. of files: Any tangible benefit?

I'm finding myself in a terminal more and more often these days as I learn to do certain types of things quicker or more conveniently. However, when it comes to copying a large amount of data (i.e. ...
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How to quit GNOME file copy GUI after it hangs

Many times I find GNOME file copy GUI tool (Nautilus) irritating when it stops working. It happens when: I cancel the copy or move I try to copy to blue tooth exchange folder to my friends laptop(...
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How can I copy a subset of files from a directory while preserving the folder structure?

I want to move some subset of files from dirA to dirB (let's say files with "blah" in the filename), but I want all the nested directories to be the same in the new location. How can I do that?
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Is there a way to determine the optimal value for the bs parameter to dd?

On occasion I've seen comments online along the lines of "make sure you set 'bs=' because the default value will take too long," and my own extremely-unscientific experiences of, "well that seemed to ...
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How to copy files nested in directories that match a pattern?

I'm looking to copy files from subdirectories that match this pattern vendor/plugin/*/tasks/*.rake into a folder lib/tasks
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What happens if a file is modified while you're copying it?

What is the effect of copying a file say fileA.big (900mb) from location B to locationC. If during that cp operation, say 35% through the process, fileA.big is appended with new information and grows ...
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Easiest way to duplicate directory over FTP

I want to duplicate a directory on an FTP server I'm connected to from my Mac via the command-line Let's say I have file. I want to have files2 with all of file's subdirectories and files, in the ...
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Copy a file back to local system with ssh

If I'm logged in to a system via SSH, is there a way to copy a file back to my local system without firing up another terminal or screen session and doing scp or something similar or without doing SSH ...
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How do I copy all files and directories, except certain ones over ssh?

Using the Linux command line, I use the scp command, to copy all the files and folders from a certain directory. However, I don't like to consume bandwidth, for copying things I rarely change like my ...