I have a list of files lying in subdirectories which I have created by calling find:

for f in $(find . -name "myFile.txt"); do 
    echo "$f" >> filelist.txt;

The content of filelist.txt looks like this:


Now I want to copy all these files to a remote computer such that they are placed in the corresponding folders:


However on the remote computer the folder structure First/Path/To/File/ etc, does not exist yet and also I don't want to copy the entire directories but only the file myFile.txt in it.

I know that on a local computer this works using the command

while read p; do cp --parents $p /some/root/directory ; done < filelist.txt

However for remote computers using scp this option --parents doesn't work anymore. Also rsync doesn't create a parent directory if it's missing. Does someone know a solution?

  • I've deleted my answer, because it wasn't good at all. Namely it would have required authenticating twice for each file, which I'd say it's indeed a no deal. However I've pasted it here for the moment, in case you or someone else want to do something with it: paste.ubuntu.com/15538652. If I find a good way to change it so that authenticating twice is no more necessary I'll undelete my answer (in any case heemayl's answer is most likely the way to go about this). – kos Mar 28 '16 at 13:19
  • Ah, and the notice about the pitfalls when using for f in $(find [...]): mywiki.wooledge.org/BashPitfalls#for_i_in_.24.28ls_.2A.mp3.29. – kos Mar 28 '16 at 13:21

Using rsync:

rsync -av --files-from=filelist.txt . remote:/some/location/

Run this from the directory where you have run find, the root of the directories, where the filelist.txt currently is.

--files-from reads files (newline separated) to be copied from the file filelist.txt.

--files-from should always use relative path (unlike mentioning directly), although you can be explicit about it:

rsync -av --relative --files-from=filelist.txt . remote:/some/location/
  • This seems to work nicely thank you :). I guess the dot . specifies the source directory which is in this case the current directory ? – mcExchange Mar 28 '16 at 13:03
  • @mcExchange Yes and the filelist.txt contains files relative to . – heemayl Mar 28 '16 at 13:04

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