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Bash Snippet: Move list of files from stdin

2010 December 6
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by Tedb0t

Tonight I had a list of filenames copied on my local computer and wanted to move them in an ssh session. Here’s how I did it:

cat | while read line; do mv "$line" destination_directory; done

After hitting enter, you can paste in a list and each line will be used in the mv command. cat, by itself, reads from stdin, and this is piped to the while read. Send Ctrl+D (End of File) to exit out of cat.  Super handy, and it only took me like a freaking hour to figure out!

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