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How to AutoGenerate a Directory Structure

Posted on 2004-09-29
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Hi all,

would appreciate help here pls..

I have just started working on a software appl. which has indepth directory structure.

Now they have plans to change the directory structure (because they are migrating there appl from WEBLOGIC 6.1 to 8.1 and from webserver from iplanet to sun1 webserver, but I don't even understand there current dir structure.

is there a way/script to autogenerate current directory structure? Ofcourse i can do cd, and keep writing what is in the directory.. but isn't it that there might be some already build tool/script or something, which can probably give directory structure in user friendly way, or a diagram (visio or anything) which can have whole directory structure and may be files in that directory.  

Hope you guys can help me with this migration.
thanks
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Question by:hunky_sh
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Hi hunky_sh,
Yes, you can use
find base_dir -type d

...and you'll get back the entire directory tree. Then you can do some manipulations there, like copying directories only:

cd base_dir ; find * -type d | ( cd target_dir ; xargs mkdir -p )




Cheers!

Stefan
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More generically, the -p flag on the mkdir command instructs mkdir to also make any intervening directory structure that does not yet exist.

For example, let's say you have /opt/someapp with no subdirs

You want to create /opt/someapp/dir1/alpha and /opt/someapp/dir2/beta

You don't have to create /opt/someapp/dir1 and /opt/someapp/dir2 and then create their individual subdirs. Instead, you could:

# mkdir -p /opt/someapp/dir1/alpha
# mkdir -p /opt/someapp/dir2/beta

The intervening directories ("dir1" and "dir2") will be created automatically.
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# just a variant of the previous suggestions:

# create dir tree
cd 8.1 && (cd 6.1 && find . -type d)|xargs mkdir -p

# list all files:
cd 6.1 && find . \! -type d -print
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Fine by me
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