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copying files using unix on an apple on osx

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Hi all,

On an Apple running OS X, I need to copy all files which have been modified since a specific date (I have used the unix command 'find' to list these) maintaining the same directory structure as the source - onto a new share with the same directory/sub-directories created for the file copies. I know how to do this using cp, and have found the files using find, but am unaware of a perl / apple script / unix command to combine the two (-exec maybe?).

Unfortunately I have found Spotlight and the gui of osx very limited in achieving a solution to this - unless I am missing something.

Any help is appreciated
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You can do it with find and cpio:
 find -type f -mtime 2|cpio -p -m -d -v /tmp/archive

This will copy the files found by find (here: regular files modified in the last two days in the current directory and below) to the directory /tmp/archive preserving the original directory structure.

File modification timestamps will also be preserved.

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Hi,

I have run this however it only copies the directories - not files - as it says the files cannot be copied due to metadata. Is there a way around this or would you know the syntax to use tar instead?

Thanks.
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