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I want to place a list of files into individual directories I create from each filename. So given the files in the root directory:


I want to mkdir Movie1, movie2, and movie3, then move each file into the corresponding directory.

Any simple way to to generate the directories and then move the files.

mkdir << find /Video/Movies/ -maxdepth 1 -type f | sort
mv << find /Video/Movies/ -maxdepth 1 -type f | sort
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marked as duplicate by Ярослав Рахматуллин, Tog, Scott, Nifle, Randolph West Oct 3 '13 at 18:55

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

The command at the end of the question is never explicitly referenced in the question. Is it not working? Do you want a better command? – inixsoftware Sep 27 '13 at 23:52

You could define this function and use it with a wildcard...

for F in $@; do 
    mkdir "$FOLDER"
    mv "$F" "$FOLDER"

Usage: movetofolder *ovie*

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This should work...

mkdir container && find . -maxdepth 1 -type f -exec mkdir ./container/{} \; -exec mv {} ./container/{}/ \; -exec mv ./container/{} ./ \; && rm -r container

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