automating folder creation & naming

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by peeluseeds, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. peeluseeds macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    Hi everyone,

    I'm trying to figure out a way (with Automator, ideally) to have a script look through a folder and create a new folder for each item. for example:

    -search through folder for all files with EPS extension
    -for each EPS file, create folder with name of the EPS file (minus extension)
    -move EPS file into created folder.

    I hope automator can do this!

    Thanks for the help!
  2. lee1210 macrumors 68040


    Jan 10, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    I am not the best with applescript or automator, but with shell:
    ls *.eps | awk -F'.eps$' '{print "mkdir "$1"; mv "$0" "$1"/"}' | sh
    In general, always back up anything before you run a script you write, or you get from an untrustworthy source (like the internet), etc.

    ls *.eps will give you a list of files that end with .eps. The awk command tokenizes on .eps<end of line>, and prints "mkdir <filename without eps>; mv <filename> <filename without eps>/", and sending that to sh will execute that command. You can accomplish the last bit using system() in awk instead, but i always like to print and see what's going to happen first, and it's always easy to just pipe it to sh instead of changing it to system.

  3. peeluseeds thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    This is great! Exactly the type of thing I was hoping for.

    Thank you very much, Lee!

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