Copying files in subdirectories to a single directory

In order to copy my files, easily to Google Photos, they must be in a flat directory structure.  Doing this on my machine is a bit of a challenge, since I’m running Mac OS and trying to easily copy files on a read only external NTFS drive.  The built in find functionality of the Finder window doesn’t really fit my needs.  This approach will work on most unix systems.

Make a temporary directory, if you don’t already have one.  For this scenario, I made a tmp directory in my home area.  I have gotten myself into trouble often enough, that I will never use the system level /tmp directory ever again.  From the Terminal in the top level directory where your images are, execute the following command(s):


mkdir ~/tmp

find . -name '*.*' -exec cp {} ~/tmp \

This will copy all files from your target location to a temporary directory in your home/user area.  Since a lot of my photos have different extensions, it is easiest to copy everything.  The post on uploading to Google Photos will come later.

Published by jmordars

Dad, Software Engineer, Business Traveler, Amateur Photographer, and Sports Fan!

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