I'm trying to find and replace multiple directories with symlinks, but I have no idea how to do it.

I have 2 root folders, lets say /var/www/html and /var/www/html2 and they both contain the same files and folders, for example


What I want to do is search /var/www/html and replace all config folders with a symlink to the same folder in /var/www/html2, but only if config is inside a lib folder

I understand that I will have to remove the existing directory (rm -r /var/www/html/project1/lib/config) and then create the symlink (ln -s /var/www/html2/project1/lib/config /var/www/html/project1/lib/config)

I can do this manually, but I'd like to create a 1 liner or shell script to do this.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Using bash's recursive globbing:

shopt -s globstar
cd /var/www/html
for d in **/lib/config
    echo rm -r "$d"
    echo ln -s /var/www/html2/"$d" "$d"

Run with echo to check, run without it to actually do the linking.

  • @Zanna they want to symlink to /var/www/html2/foo/lib/config from what I understand, and that's not being deleted here, unless I made a typo – muru Oct 13 '17 at 13:46
  • That does exactly what I need it to do, thank you! – nomayonnaise Oct 13 '17 at 14:17

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