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Re: Copying files with dired preserving structure

From: Martin
Subject: Re: Copying files with dired preserving structure
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2016 06:06:19 +0100
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Alberto Luaces writes:

> Hi,
> I want to classify some files contained in a directory hierarchy into
> several groups, depending on their content.
> So far I do a 'find-dired' to get a list of the available files and then
> I mark each group by grepping into the files
> (dired-mark-files-containing-regexp).
> The problem is that if I try now to move those files elsewhere, the
> hierarchy is lost, and besides that, files with the same name are
> overwritten.
> I have tried to "tar" the marked files to preserve the hierarchy, but
> this approach is somewhat fragile, as I tend to use incorrect tar flags
> and I risk corrupting my work when updating some of those "groups".
> I am looking for a way to move marked files to a different place
> preserving the directory structure with dired.
> Thanks,


you may want to use dired-do-(async-)shell-command with
"cp ? --parents <target directory>".


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