Brian v Brian v - 14 days ago 4
Bash Question

Making folders with mkdir and pbpaste

I am using terminal to create folders with the mkdir command. I know that something like

cat folders.txt | xargs mkdir

will work but I want to take what is in the clipboard and make the folders from that list.

I am currently using this:

pbpaste | xargs mkdir

The problem I am having is that it works with one line but when I use an entire list I get an error of "File name too long" with the filename looking like XXX\rXXX\rXXX\rXXX\rXXX etc.


You seem to have carriage returns instead of linefeeds in your clipboard. Try replacing them:

pbpaste | tr '\r' '\n' | xargs mkdir