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How can I write a script that will move all .png .svg .gif files from /home/eric/Desktop to /usr/share/icons?

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As follows


gksu mv /home/eric/Desktop/*.png /usr/share/icons & mv /home/eric/Desktop/*.svg /usr/share/icons & mv /home/eric/Desktop/*.gif /usr/share/icons & exit

I'm not a bash expert - but this should work. if it doesn't there is no warranty with my answer :P

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works with some modification – era878 Mar 15 '11 at 0:15
That's an sh script, not a bash script, and there's no point in running the mvs in parallel. I'd make a bash-script that does shopt -s extglob and then mv ~eric/Desktop/*.@(png|svg|gif) /usr/share/icons/ – geirha Mar 15 '11 at 7:15
told you I'm no expert :P – RolandiXor Mar 15 '11 at 13:29
i'd use 'sudo' instead of 'gksu' in a shell script. im no expert either. – djangofan Mar 22 '11 at 21:41
sudo is good, but gksu is safer, and graphical – RolandiXor Mar 23 '11 at 1:01

bash can handle this easily:

mv /home/eric/Desktop/*.{png,svg,gif} /usr/share/icons

Use sudo mv ... if you don't have permission to write into /usr/share/icons.

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There ya go, pushed you over 3k. – slm Mar 26 '14 at 1:24
I shall only use my powers for evil... – glenn jackman Mar 26 '14 at 2:42
Needs a maniacal laugh at the end of that comment, ala Dr. Evil from Austin Powers or something 8-) – slm Mar 26 '14 at 2:43

Why not use find? This worked for me:

find ./  -maxdepth 1 \( -iname "*.png" -o -iname "*.gif" -o -iname "*.svg" \) -ok cp {} /tmp/ \;

You want to mv not cp, and your destination is /usr/share/icons not /tmp but you can run this from the command line or a shell script.

-iname is case insensitive, -name would be case sensitive. Tweak the -maxdepth to your liking, and/or pull of the -ok clause to just see what it is coming up with.

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