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I have a directory structure of which I wish to recursively go through the folders and copy any .jpg I find into another directory.

I think I had the wrong idea with:

cp -R photos/*.jpg /cpjpg

I am usin Ubuntu.

Thanks.

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Do you want them all to end up in one directory (flatten) or do you want to preserve the stucture? –  gbarry Jan 4 '10 at 22:01
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This will copy all files ending in .jpg or .jpeg (case insensitive as well) in the current directory and all its subdirectories to the directory /cpjpg.

find . -type f \( -iname "*.jpg" -o -iname "*.jpeg" \) -exec cp '{}' /cpjpg \;
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This will do the same thing as above, but will preserve the directory structure.

find photos/ -type f \( -iname '*.jpg' -o -iname '*.jpeg' \) -print0 |xargs -0 tar c |(cd /cpjpg ; tar x)
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