On Thu, Apr 08, 2004 at 05:06:17PM +0100, Peter Risdon wrote:

> I want to redirect the output of a command to mv(1) as the source file, 
> and specify somehow a destination directory. Basically, I have to move 
> several thousand files whose names match a number of patterns to a 
> single directory.
> Any suggestions will be gratefully received.

There's several ways of doing this.  Assuming you've got a command
"listfiles" which returns the list of files you want moved from the
current directory:

    % mv `listfiles` /destination/directory/

If the number of files to move is larger than the maximum number of
command linearguments:


    for f in `listfiles` ; do
        mv $f /destination/directory/

or you can use xargs(1):

    listfiles | xargs -J % mv % /destination/directory/



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