Please, I need help with backup... I am trying to do something and I have NO IDEA how to start. I want to make a script in Ubuntu that would search through all folders of my W7 partition, and wherever there are .cdr files it would ( select and ) copy all files from that folder ( .jpg, .png, .pdf, ...) but not other folders in that folder. Then it would paste those files onto my external drive in folder named exactly as the one those files were copied from.

I KNOW IT'S complicated, and my English is not very good.

I hope you can understand what I am struggling with and help me.

Any help or even advice is very much appreciated. THANK YOU !



Not too terrible with some find, rsync and bash script magic. Put this into a file (backup.sh):


source_dir=${1:-<source directory>}
dest_dir=${2:-<destination directory>}

find "$source_dir" -name '*.cdr' -print | while read file; do
    find "$(dirname $file)" -maxdepth 1 -xtype f -print
    done > "$tmp_file"

rsync --files-from "$tmp_file" / "$dest_dir"

Then you have to make it executable with

$ chmod +x backup.sh

And you can run the script with

$ ./backup.sh

Step by step

Let me explain

find "$source_dir" -name '*.cdr' -print

finds all the .cdr files in $source_dir This is then piped into a while loop:

| while read file; do ...  done > "$tmp_file"

This takes every file from the previous find command, executes some commands and writes the result to $tmp_file. Note: This only works if the filename don't contain newlines, which should be given with a windows partition. The second find is

find "$(dirname $file)" -maxdepth 1 -xtype f -print

Here $(dirname $file) gives us the directory name of the .cdr file. It is the start point for our next find command. There we don't descend into subdirs with -maxdepth 1 and are only interested in files -xtype f

Lastly we use rsync to copy the files we saved in $tmp_file:

rsync --files-from "$tmp_file" / "$dest_dir"

rsync will keep the directory tree structure as is, which is what you want, right?

For more infos see the man pages:

$ man find
$ man rsync
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  • Thank you very much ! but can I use it the same way to manage files between two USB drives ? – user167302 Aug 26 '13 at 0:12
  • Sure, just change the source_dir and ``dest_dir` or pass them to the script. – ahilsend Aug 27 '13 at 6:57

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