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Posted on 2004-10-14
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Hi,

I'd like to copy all the pdfs that reside within all the folders withing one folder.I tried this, but it didn;t work. It says 'no match'.

cp -r /Users/desiree/Library/Page\ Sender/In/*.pdf /Users/desiree/Desktop/Pdfs

The computer is an OS X machine not Linux, but that didn't seem to matter much with other commands. :-)

Any ideas?

Thanks,
agi
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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find . -name "/Users/desiree/Library/Page\ Sender/In/*pdf" -exec cp {} /Users/desiree/Desktop/Pdfs \;

The copy command does not recursively copy files, you need to call find first to search for all PDF files, and then copy the files that were found.

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Cut&paste error... Sorry about this.

find "/Users/desiree/Library/Page Sender/In" -name "*pdf" -exec cp {} /Users/desiree/Desktop/Pdfs \;
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Thanks, but didn't work. It says "No such file or directory".

Agi
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Try
find /Users/desiree/Library/Page\ Sender/In -name "*.pdf"  -exec cp {} /Users/desiree/Desktop/Pdfs \;


If you still get this error message, try to just list the PDF file names:
find /Users/desiree/Library/Page\ Sender/In -name "*.pdf"  -print

Does this work?
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Sorry, I'm still new here, wasn't sure how to accept.
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Thanks. :-)
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