I have over-complicated this problem with if/then scripts and super simple one line commands but for some reason I keep getting stumped.

I am trying to create a new directory a-e and place the files a,b,c,d,e inside of it. For some reason it will create the directory just fine but places the files inside of the ps directory instead of the new directory.

mkdir /home/adminuser/ps/a-e && touch /home/adminuser/ps/a-e {a..e}  
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    – guiverc
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    touch /home/adminuser/ps/a-e {a..e} will do two things: 1) Update the modification/access/change time of the already existing directory /home/adminuser/ps/a-e and 2) create five files a, b, c, d and e in your current working directory ... ps happened to be your current working directory and that is why ... touch takes arguments separated by spaces and therefore your passed arguments are actually 6 and not 5 as you expected.
    – Raffa
    May 26 at 7:51
  • you just want a / instead of a space there: touch /home/adminuser/ps/a-e/{a..e}
    – Esther
    May 30 at 21:10

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Looks like maybe the last forward slash is missing to connect the path of the a-e directory and the filenames to be created?

Try touch /home/adminuser/ps/a-e/{a..e} and see if that works?

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