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Linux/macOS - How to split a directory into multiple directories
April 7, 2022 3:50 AM
The problem I ran into was that I had several thousand of files in one directory, and I wanted them to be divided over multiple subdirectories so my file explorer wouldn't go bonkers (long story).
So basically: one dir has thousands of files -> one dir has several sub dirs with a fixed number of files in it (50 in this example).
For this I wrote a Terminal script, which may be helpful to others:
# dirnumber generates the name of the output directory
# base directory
# the number of files we have moved
# number of files per dir
# Go through all JPG files in the current directory
for f in *; do
# Create new output directory if first of new batch of 2000
if [ $filesmoved -eq 0 ]; then
# Move the file to the new subdirectory
mv "$f" "$outdir"
# You can try this instead of the "mv" line to do testing
# echo "$f" "$outdir"
# Count how many we have moved to there
# Start a new output directory if we have sent "filesindir"
[ $filesmoved -eq filesindir ] && filesmoved=0