Copy all directories except one

Issue

I’m copying all subdirectories with its contents to my current directory as follows:

cp -r dirToCopy/* .

But in the folder dirToCopy, there is one subfolder called dirNotToCopy which should not be copied.

How can I filter that particular folder out of my expression?

Solution

Use extended globbing:

shopt -s extglob
cp -r dirToCopy/!(dirNotToCopy) .

Answered By – choroba

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