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I have a directory with c. 2-3 million files (and growing) that I need to categorise and compress.

shell commands on the directory - find, ls etc - just hang!

Use wildcards in bash or glob in perl (ie: Fragment and move to several directories with mv a*.* /A-dir. Compress the files beginning for b with something like gzip b*.*)


In reply to Re: Finding and sorting files in massive file directory by pvaldes
in thread Finding and sorting files in massive file directory by CColin

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