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I want to copy all the files that I have in the system with extension sol to the specific folder can you please help me. I tried sudo cp / *.sol ~/SOL/ but it doesn't work


I tried to follow the first answer, and that's what I got:

root@johntheripper-PORTEGE-Z835:~# find / -name *.sol | wc -l
root@johntheripper-PORTEGE-Z835:~# find / -type f -name '*.sol' -exec cp {} ~/SOL \;
root@johntheripper-PORTEGE-Z835:~# find ~/SOL -name *.sol | wc -l

As you can see 26 out of 61 file was copied, please help me to copy the rest.

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Probably its due to duplicate names.(man files of same name in different directories) – user61928 Oct 16 '12 at 14:37
this is a good point, do you know any way to kinda say in linux: 'if there is a file system.sol, create system1.sol'? – Vor Oct 16 '12 at 15:34
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There's a bash script to copy files with specific extension in this link.

There's also an answer on StackOverflow, I haven't tested it yet, but here it is:

find / -type f -name '*.sol' -exec cp '{}' ~/SOL \;

EDIT: As phoibos suggested, I changed the answer adding '' in the code.

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Thank you very much – Vor Oct 15 '12 at 23:32
Actually, this statement copied some of the files but not all of them. – Vor Oct 16 '12 at 0:30
Sorry, I didn't test the script, I'll try to find another one or make one myself. – Evandro Silva Oct 16 '12 at 12:10
It probably didn't work for files with spaces in its name. Enclose the {} with ': find / -type f -name '*.sol' -exec cp '{}' ~/SOL \; – phoibos Oct 16 '12 at 14:30
Thanks, I'll try it. – Evandro Silva Oct 16 '12 at 14:33

I usually use Midnight Commander for this. You can install it using

sudo apt-get install mc

Midnight Commander

To find all files with a particular extension, choose Command -> Find File (Esc-?), enter your search criteria, when the search finishes click [Panelize]. All files found will be displayed in a panel from where you can review and copy them.

The explanation is a bit long but believe me it's easier than remembering the syntax of the find command :)

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Thank you very much! This is very nice program – Vor Oct 15 '12 at 23:33

First change to root

sudo -s

change directory to /

cd /

Now enjoy

cp $(locate *.sol) /path-to-directory

PS: IF the count is less it may be due to duplicate files,You can check the output

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Nice and short answer! But how to rename duplicates and still copy them? – Vor Oct 16 '12 at 15:42

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