How to Copy a File to Multiple Directories in Linux

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Aaron Kili

Aaron Kili is a Linux and F.O.S.S enthusiast, an upcoming Linux SysAdmin, web developer, and currently a content creator for TecMint who loves working with computers and strongly believes in sharing knowledge.

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14 Responses

  1. Martin Joergensen says:

    Very interesting article, so in:

    # echo /home/aaronkilik/test/ /home/aaronkilik/tmp | xargs -n 1 cp -v /home/aaronkilik/bin/

    the output from echo is appended to the “cp -v {source-file}”-command. What if we wanted to switch source and destination, so copy from multiple sources into a single destination? How to proceed then (preferably with a one-liner)? Something like copying sys_info1sh and into the tmp-directory:

    ## echo /home/aaronkilik/test/ /home/aaronkilik/tmp/ | xargs -n 1 cp -v ?????????????? /home/aaronkilik/bin/

    So I/we need to take the output from echo and prepend (instead of appending it) to the “cp -v”-command – how do achieve this?

  2. Aliabbas Syed says:

    Nice article. I often have to move files to another system to multiple dir. I use SCP for that. e.g. scp /source/dir/file1 file2 file3 @:/target/dir

  3. Georgina says:

    Thanks for the info! In turn, some for you: The article AN is used before singular, countable nouns which begin with vowel sounds. Thus “…an easy way…”

  4. Raj says:

    Nice article, I think xargs option “-n 1” – tells xargs to use 1 argument per command line at a time. (single line input to xargs has two whitespace separated arguments)

  5. buster says:

    You aways come up with something great, I can just wait to see what you have for next week. I follow you all the time and this is just another example of content sharing.

  6. yazul says:

    an other (simpliest ?) solution :

    for dir in dir1 dir2 dir3
    cp -v file1 file2 file3 $dir

    for…do…done is basment of shell power

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