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Automated Locate and Move .JPG Files HELP!

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Oct 23, 2012 11:00 AM

I am trying to locate and move all .JPG files on my MacBook running OS X 10.6. I need a Script that will locate all .JPG files no matter where they are on the hard drive and move them [not copy] to a specified folder titled "JPG PHOTOS" that is on my desktop. I am then going to move that folder with all of the images to an external hard drive.

 

I am very new to scripting.

MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2009), iOS 6
  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 11:42 AM (in response to CEStryker)

    The fastest and most reliable is to use http://apps.tempel.org/FindAnyFile/ to search names for jpg. Then select all (cmd A) and drag to desired location.

     

    Alternatively use Finder to search for jpg extension and drag to new location.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 12:54 PM (in response to CEStryker)

    My test showed that a file type search is rarely necessary as I had no names containing jpg.

     

    Am I correct in thinking that you wish to maintain the original sub-structure within your new folder?

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 3:29 PM (in response to CEStryker)

    You do not say how many files or duplicates are involved but here is a simple bash script which you can paste into Terminal and then hit return.

     

    find "/Users/neville" -name "*.JPG" -exec mv -n {} "/Users/neville/All JPG Photos" \;

     

    Notes:


    1. Make a full backup before you do this - mv can be dangerous
    2. A simple mistake - such as not creating the destination folder can destroy files
    3. This is not a copy script it moves files - so original path information will be lost
    4. Change source and destination as required
    5. May have to do it again for jpg
    6. The -n  ensures nothing is overwritten
    7. Do it repeatedly with slightly different destinations to get duplicates
    8. The script could be modified to auto-renumber duplicates - GNU bash has a 'backup' option for this
    9. If there are a large number of JPG files a batch modification may be required

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