[CentOS] Need to do some careful moving...

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Wed Jun 27 01:03:25 UTC 2007

When I built this new Centos 5 drive, I copied over much of my old data 
using cp, and did not use the -preserve option.  Ouch.  I need those 
file create dates so that documents and such sort properly, historically.

I recovered much of my stuff from a tar built back in mid-May (but I 
missed that the tar backup ended abnormally, as I was tar-ing to a USB 
attached drive formatted FAT32, and at 4Gb, it stopped).

Now I want to copy all of my newer files into this recovered directory.  
The -u option of cp and mv will do the wrong thing, of course.  I want 
to only copy files that are NOT present in the recovered directory.  I 
will of course still be stuck with a lot of files with a Jun 18 date 
that were created between the backup date and Jun 18, but at least I 
will be better off....

Perhaps I do a mv -f from the recovered to the misdated directory?  
Being careful to protect those few files that HAVE really been modified 
since the backup?

Oh, I am talking about 30k files here.....

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