I need to use terminal to copy my Pictures folder from a failing harddrive onto another drive, but I can't actually change into the folder and use just
cp *.jpg ~/Documents. Is there a way to do this without having to navigate into the source directory?
Doesn't need to be copy obviously, just whatever that can get my files out of the drive.
Edit: Found a way around my current problem, so I figured I'd add it. (The answers below did work on other folders, just not on the one I was having problems with. I guess nothing can handle the nightmare that is iPhoto.)
I couldn't see the subfolders of my /Pictures/ directory (and couldn't change the permissions on the folder since the disk is broken). But, using terminal, and
sudo find /Volumes/Olddisk/Users/me/Pictures/ -type d
I got it to print the subfolders (and could probably use the trick in the answers on the individual folders, I guess) so within the mess of iPhoto I found my pictures at
and just resorted to grabbing each year with
sudo cp -rpv "/Volumes/Olddisk/Users/me/Pictures//iPhoto Library/Masters/2006" ./