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I need to move all files from a directory, discarding the directory structure.

Unfortunately, some files have the same file name (Thumbnails). I'm looking for smth. like this:

find /tmp/dirtree -type f -exec mv -i {} . \;

How can I prevent the overwriting of larger files during the process?

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Create the mymv.pl Perl script:

use File::Copy;
$file = shift;
($name = $file) =~ s#.*/##;
if (-f $name and -s $file < -s $name) {
     warn "$name not moved";
} else {
     move($file, $name);

Then, change the line to

find /tmp/dirtree -type f -exec perl mymv.pl {} \;
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Simple stupid solution means KISS! Please edit your post and add the perl parameter after -exec. I got curious issues without that. Thank you. –  mate64 Oct 26 '12 at 13:35
@msec: Updated. –  choroba Oct 26 '12 at 15:08

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