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Hi,

I need to softlink recursively all files/folders in a dirctory.
It's a VERY large corpus and i don't want to spend weeks on that ;)

think a simple bash script should handle that, right?
Got no experience with bash though :(

depth is only 3.

big THX for any help,


/riplix

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glassd earned 101 total points
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Not sure exactly what you want to do.

If you link the base directory to a new name, then the whole structure would appear to be duplicated in the new place.

If you REALLY need to link all the files then I suspect a mixture of shell and the 'find' command will do what you want.

Assuming that this is the requirement.

Real structure:

a1
  a1b1
    a1b1c1
    a1b1c2
  a1b2
    a1b2c1
    a1b2c2
a2
  a2b1
    a2b1c1

and you want to link this to a new location somewhere else, then consider the following:

The find command will give you a list of all the files with their relative path from the start point.

find .
will result in the output:
./a1
./a1/a1b1
./a1/a1b1/a1b1c1
./a1/a1b1/a1b1c2
./a1/a1b2
./a1/a1b2/a1b2c1
./a1/a1b2/a1b2c2
./a2
./a2/a2b1
./a2/a2b1/a2b1c1
   
Assuming you want to link every file to a structure on /data1

#!/bin/bash
for File in $(find .)
do
   ln -s $File /data1
done

this assumes you want symbolic links rather than hard links. Remember that hard links are restricted to the same file system.

If I have totally misunderstood the question then ignore all the above.  
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by:riplix
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softlinks yes. cuz i am mustn't manipulate the source data at all.
@glassd: i think you got it right, though i havn't checked on it yet.
please see
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Platforms/Linux_Programming/Q_20815297.html#9870044
for some more details on what i'd like to do.

THX so far
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