script help

erikmccaskey64 erikmccaskey64 at
Tue Feb 15 08:57:02 UTC 2011

my little opinion: first run the changes on a backup, or a copy of the files:

this one works under linux bash fedora:
how to create a "shadow" of a folder [same filenames in another dir, but with 0 Byte size]

in the original, "A" directory:
find . -type f > a.txt

"B" directory:
cat ../a.txt | while read file; do if [[ "$file" = */* ]]; then mkdir -p "${file%/*}"; fi; touch "$file"; done

so if something goes wrong, there would be no trouble

---- Be Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:11:19 -0800 Adam Vande More <amvandemore at> írta ---- 

On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 4:34 PM, Jack L. Stone <jacks at>wrote: 
> Hello folks: 
> No doubt this will be easy for those with scritping abilities. 
> I have a gazillion files by the same name and each contains the same line 
> requiring the same change. But the problem is that they are in many 
> different directories on a server with numerous domains. While I could 
> handle the change using a single directory within my abilities, I'm unsure 
> how to do a search and replace throughout the many domains and their 
> directories. Don't want to mess up. Here's what I'm trying to do: 
> # find all of the same filenames (copyright.htm) and then replace the year 
> 2010 with 2011 in each file. Once I have a working script, I should be able 
> to add it as a cron job to run on the first day of each new year. 
> Any help appreciated. 
Adam Vande More 
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