I have a ton of files in my tmp directory. It's hard to make sense of them.
ls isn't good enough when the entire list fills multiple screenfulls.
So I wrote a little
sh script to categorize files into directories according to the time of their creation.
Sample output looks like so:
$ ls -l total 7310 -rw-rw-rw- 1 mikeg users 2239 Apr 20 2003 VILECORE.DEH -rw-rw-rw- 1 mikeg users 4946 Apr 20 2003 vilecore1.0.txt -rw-rw-rw- 1 mikeg users 5568032 Apr 20 2003 vilecore1.0.wad -rw-r--r-- 1 mikeg users 1857351 Nov 26 13:30 vilecore1.0.zip -rw-rw-rw- 1 mikeg users 3990 Dec 24 2000 vilestory.txt $ ~/bin/group.sh * Creating directory 2003-04-20/ Moving VILECORE.DEH to 2003-04-20/ Moving vilecore1.0.txt to 2003-04-20/ Moving vilecore1.0.wad to 2003-04-20/ Creating directory 2004-11-26/ Moving vilecore1.0.zip to 2004-11-26/ Creating directory 2000-12-24/ Moving vilestory.txt to 2000-12-24/ $ find . . ./2000-12-24 ./2000-12-24/vilestory.txt ./2004-11-26 ./2004-11-26/vilecore1.0.zip ./2003-04-20 ./2003-04-20/VILECORE.DEH ./2003-04-20/vilecore1.0.txt ./2003-04-20/vilecore1.0.wad
The above sample was very contrived, but it illustrates the principle.
The code will omit any arguments that are directories.
Here is the script so you can use it too.
#!/bin/sh for k in "$@" do if [ -f "$k" ]; then export `stat -s -t "%Y-%m-%d" "$k"` destdir=`date -r $st_birthtime +"%Y-%m-%d"`/ if [ ! -d $destdir ]; then echo Creating directory $destdir mkdir $destdir fi echo Moving "$k" to $destdir mv "$k" $destdir fi done
The code was made to run on FreeBSD. That is, the options passed to
date may not be compatible with your version of Linux or UNIX.
Links: Rather than moving files to new directories, create symbolic (or hard) links in date directories.
Directories: Move (or link, as per above) entire directories just like files.
http://michal.guerquin.com/filegroup.html, updated 2004-12-11 02:18 EST