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Questions tagged [file-copy]

Questions regarding copying files from one place to another

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parallel file copy using tee unexpectedly slow

we're copying a large zfs snapshot (zfs send) from site-1 to site-2. site-1 and site-2 are remote, and are connected via IPsec (read: slow) on site-2, we need the data on two different zfs servers. ...
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Duplicate file x times in command shell

I try to duplicate a video file x times from the command line by using a for loop, I've tried it like this, but it does not work: for i in {1..100}; do cp test.ogg echo "test$1.ogg"; done
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Right click menu in Nemo missing 'create shortcut' and 'copy/move to'

I recently did a clean install of Linux Mint 17.3 with Cinnamon on my machine. Before the clean install, if I right clicked on a file or folder in nemo, the menu would have a 'create shortcut' option....
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rename(1)-like script in Perl, but for copying files?

So there's this rename(1) Perl thing. It suits my task precisely, except that I need it to basically cp files instead of mv. How to achieve that? I have quite a few rules of renaming, all expressed ...
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Can I clone a larger disk with lots of free space into a smaller disk

Is it possible to clone an OS disk with all its partitions into a smaller disk. The original disk has a lot of free space and the total used space is much smaller than the capacity of the new disk I ...
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How can I successfuly port W10 files to Ubuntu? [closed]

I just installed Ubuntu (Dual boot with W10) and I can see my W10 partition from inside Ubuntu with all my files. They seem fairly corrupt on the Linux side (Text editors, web browsers, Steam etc) ...
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Change directory without using 'cd' [closed]

I have a list of files with their paths in a text file. And I want to copy these files, mentioned in list, to another directory with their parent folders tree. Also my shell-script to copy these files ...
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Copy directory tree, changing the target of absolute symbolic links

I wondered if there's an easy way to copy, scp, pipe tar, etc. host1:/base1/dir1 to host2:/base2/dir1. Other than the base directory, all the directory structure should be identical. `host1:/base1/...
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Copy subfolders containing at least n files

I have a folder root_folder containing a lot of subfolders. Each of these subfolders contains a small number of files (between 1 and 20) and I want to copy all the subfolders containing at least 5 ...
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Is there any ways to copy all file to one specific sub-folder under the same parent-folder? [duplicate]

So for example i have one folder called "test". Inside that folder, i created one another folder called "player" and a lot of text file, let's say 50 files. [root@ip-10-0-7-70 test]# ls kaka.txt ...
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how do I exclude a specific folder on the destination when using rsync?

consider the following example: /source /source/folder1 /source/folder2 /source/folder3 /destination /destination/folder2 /destination/folder3 /destination/folder3/mytestfolder1 /...
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Prevent updates to 'modified time' when copying files to a mounted Samba folder

I don’t want the “last modified” attribute to be changed to the current date when copying files to a mounted Samba folder. How can I do this? This behavior occurs with (K)Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 15....
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PSCP - why can't it find the file when using non-admin credentials?

I am trying to make a batch script to get files from Windows vm to Ubuntu vm so I decided to use pscp. when I put pscp -l admin -pw pswd C:\path admin@IP:/path the files transfer fine but I don't ...
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reserve disk space before copying files

I would like to reserve (or is the keyword "claim"?) some amount of disk space before an rsync occurs so other programs will believe a disk has less space (because after the rsync, the disk will have ...
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Transfer files from linux (of linuxdeploy in android) to android (in which linuxdeploy is installed)

I am using Linux on my Android phone via use of Linux deploy. I have some files in /root/android/ - folder of that linux partition. And I want one of those files to move to my /storage/sdcard1/ - ...
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How to copy all images from disk to single directory using mc

I have very messy disk with many images in many folders. How I could copy only all files with .jpg extension to another disk into single directory? Probably there are many images with same name but I ...
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Linux usb-drive write cache

Is there any way to change the way the Linux kernel handles external storage and the external storage cache? Every time I copy something to it, the copy process seen from userspace seems really fast. ...
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Filesystem errors when restoring many files

I had an external hard drive that I mounted internally. It came formatted with NTFS, and I wanted to move to ext4. So I copied everything I wanted to keep onto other drives, created a brand new ...
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Copy/move group files with renaming

I want to copy (or move) some files like cp ./patt*.py /other/path. However /other/path/ already contents files with the same names. So, I would like copy with renaming (adding some suffix, for ...
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Copy files if directory does not exist on target

Can you copy files (using rsync ideally but any scriptable tool considered) from server A to server B skipping directories that already exist on the target, and any files they contain? Server A FEED -...
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Copy files from a directory if name present in a text file

#!/bin/bash while IFS='' read -r line || [[ -n "$line" ]]; do cd /home/Sud/Minimal\ Packages/All/ if [ -d $line ] then cp $line*.rpm /home/Sud/NewFolder/rpms/ else ...
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Copying files from multiple directories [closed]

I want to copy a single file from 10 different directories and append them in another directory.
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Using --delete option with rsync

We are using the following rsync command in a script to copy files from source to destination. rsync -av --exclude 'share/web/sessions/' --rsync-path "sudo rsync" /sdata/ 172.31.X.X:/sdata/ &>...
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How to copy files from one directory to another so that only new files are copied? [duplicate]

How would it be possible to copy all new contents from one directory to another so that only new files are copied from the source directory (both directories have the same naming tree). For example, ...
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How to clone an entire disk to a larger disk and then offload?

What I have done is clone a small 32GB flash module that had three partitions. I happened to have a 32GB USB lying around, so I thought it might just work; it did not. It seems 32GB from Toshiba is a ...
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attempting to create a script, with an alias, that will backup a single file

I want to do this. I want to create an alias called 'bu' (backup). The bu alias would call upon the copy tool to copy any file passed to a directory I will manually setup in /root/backup/ $bu ...
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When using the cp command to copy multiple files, can you rename the files when you copy it? [closed]

I was wondering if this is true or false.
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Can't copy to usb device

Changed /etc/fstab /dev/sdc1 /media/usb rw,noatime,user,umask=0 0 0 Mounted mount -a But while copying showed Operation not permitted
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Watch /tmp for file creation and prevent deletion of files? [duplicate]

I have a binary that creates some files in /tmp/*some folder* and runs them. This same binary deletes these files right after running them. Is there any way to intercept these files? I can't make the ...
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linux error flag in permission denied thing [closed]

Even after running the command sudo chmod -R 777 /home, I cannot fix the error: Sorry, user kumarht1 is not allowed to execute '/bin/chmod -R 777 /kumarht1' as root on host.com. How should I fix ...
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How to copy modified files while preserving folder structure

I have made many changes to files in my PHP project and I want to push those changes to our server via FileZilla FTP. Rather than push all of the files, I would like to find only the files that have ...
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Copy only certain file types from a folder structure to another

I have a top folder with many sub-folders. It's named "a". There are many .png and .jpg files in there. I'd like to recursively copy "a" into a new folder "b", but only copy the .png and .jpg files. ...
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Copy last used files of total size

I want to copy the last used (or maybe created) files of a total size to another folder. Is this possible without additional tools? I have an USB drive of a certain size that is less than the total ...
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How to verify a file copy is reflink/CoW?

I'm playing with btrfs, which allows cp --reflink to copy-on-write. Other programs, such as lxc-clone, may use this feature as well. My question is, how to tell if a file is a CoW of another? Like for ...
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rsync failing to exclude directory [duplicate]

We are using rsync to copy files from one location to another location on a different host. We want to exclude a directory from the source location so that files from this directory are not copied . ...
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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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How to duplicate a file a number of times while embedding an index in each file

I have a file named, for example, ascdrgi.txt, with the following contents: tiger lion cat I want to duplicate this file a (variable) number of times by changing the last character of the filename (...
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Search drive and copy source to flat target

I have backups and backups of backups (there are copies of copies) of images spread out over various drives. I want to scan the drives and copy all images from a source to one flat target directory. I ...
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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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How to duplicate a file without copying its data with btrfs?

I have no experience with btrfs, but it's advertised to be able to de-duplicate files. In my application, I'd need to duplicate whole directory trees. From what I learned, btrfs only de-duplicates ...
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ZeroCopy using commandline

Does any of the standard copy mechanisms take advantage of zero copy? Ex. cp, rsync
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copying and working on OSX .app files (folders) in linux

tldr; I want to run a script over an external hard drive and tar.gz every folder that ends with .app into their own archive. That is, I don't want them all in one tar.gz file, I want to create one ...
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How to copy symlinks as symlinks from one machine to another?

Let's assume I have two identical systems. On the first system I've created a symbolic link. On the second one I want to copy that symlink via sftp and the symlink shall work the same (i.e if the ...
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See progress in Files (Nautilus)

I am trying to copy a directory containing multiple subdirectories and files to an external drive. It is taking a long time (24+ hours). I copied in Files on Fedora 23 instead of cp -v on the terminal....
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Find and replace all same files between 2 directories

I want to find all files in dir1 having corresponding same file names in dir2, and replace them with the files from dir2. For example: dir1: first.txt second.txt dir2: third.txt first.txt So I want ...
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Migrate to a new vdisk

I have to migrate some data to a new vdisk. But i have no idea how i can do this. The old Vdisk is under /dev/mapper/12345 which is a link to /dev/dm-1 The new Vdisk is under /dev/mapper/67890 which ...
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cp command which partially resolves symlinks

Is there an easy way to copy a directory recursively where symlinks to external files/directories are resolved (target file is copied), but internal symlinks (pointing to files inside the copied tree) ...
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Comparing files with different extensions but possibly similar contents

So the problem is that i need to compare and copy files with 2 different extensions say .txt and .doc . These files may have the same name but different contents. If the contents of say play.txt and ...
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rsync + renaming the copied files

Is it possible to change the name of the destination file (add some timestamp as a prefix) when copy is done by rsync ? For example, I can use the following command to change the name of the ...
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Script for copying files from a folder and appending md5sum into new filename

I would like to know if this is possible: I have a large number of .mov files in a folder. I would like to know if I can copy the files to a separate folder but include the md5sum in the new ...