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I need a shell (bash) script that can copy all files from one directory to another; where the source and target will be specified by the user calling the script.

Could someone help me with this?

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closed as too broad by Braiam, guntbert, saji89, Eric Carvalho, falconer Jan 6 '14 at 12:35

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You can do this in so many ways, post your script and any problem or questions you have. – bodhi.zazen Jan 4 '14 at 17:51
AskUbuntu is not exactly the place to ask for someone to do your homework. – Luís de Sousa Jan 4 '14 at 18:03
A friendly suggestion - always google your problem first before posting it here. You will be surprised how many solutions you can find from googling. – Faron Jan 4 '14 at 19:12

I can't think why you'd need a script for this.

cp /path/to/sourcedir/* /path/to/target

If you don't want to over-write files that have the same name in the source and target directories, use the -n or --no-clobber option.

cp -n /path/to/sourcedir/* /path/to/target

If you want to include hidden files (i.e. those beginning with a dot), use

shopt -s dotglob

before executing the cp command.

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Here's a little script...

echo "..:: Script to copy source files/directories to another target location ::.."
echo "Supply the source file/directory below:"
read srcName
echo "Supply the target directory below:"
read dstName
echo " "
echo "..::  Copying from: Source -> Destination  ::.."
cp -rv -t "$dstName" "$srcName"
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I'm a little noob on bash, but aren't you supposed to "declare" srcName and dstName before ? If not, why ? Thank you ! – MrVaykadji Jan 5 '14 at 15:46
I'm no expert either.. never declared variables in bash.. this little intro. to bash programming mentions that you don't have to declare since they don't have a data-type so that you can directly use them in script when and where needed.. (a link to the official Bash Reference Manual)... – precise Jan 5 '14 at 16:55
@MrVaykadji: ..but this one shows the control you can get over your variables using declare/typeset "Typing variables: declare or typeset" – precise Jan 10 '14 at 5:07

i tried it and it work

find /path/to/A -name '*.deb' -exec cp -t /location/you/choose/ {} +

change the path and the location (change .deb to ur file extension)

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what does this {} + represents ?? – Tejendra Nov 17 '14 at 11:02