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Restore Selected Files From Secondary Backup Hard Disk

Q. I've backup created using rsync command stored at /disk2/home/tom/ directory. Accidentally, I had deleted files from /home/tom directory. I'd like to restore all file names starting with alpha numeric characters from /disk2/home/tom/ to /home/tom. How do I restore selected files in a batch mode?

A. You can simply use old good find command to copy all files in a batch mode:
$ cd $HOME
$ find /disk2/home/tom/ -maxdepth 1 -type f -iname '[a-z|0-9]*' -exec /bin/cp -v {} . \;


  • /disk2/home/tom/ : Source directory
  • -maxdepth 1 : Descend at most levels of directories below the command line arguments i.e. only copy files from /disk2/home/tom/ directory
  • -type f : Only files no directories
  • -iname '[a-z|0-9]*' : Case insensitive file copy pattern
  • -exec /bin/cp -v {} . \; : Execute cp command to copy each file to your $HOME directory