Move files from inside subfolders without creating the folder in destination?

So here's my problem

I have several files inside a set of subfolders.
Whenever I try to do

rclone move remote:folder1 remote:folder2 --include=*.jpg -P

it recreates all the subfolders inside folder1 again in folder2.
Basically I want to take all the files inside the subfolders and put it in the parent.

Is it possible with rclone move?

if i understand what you want, then i know of two ways

rclone lsf -R --files-only  --include=*.jpg remote:folder1  > thedirs.txt
for /f %%u in (thedirs.txt) do rclone copy remote:folder1/%%u remote:folder2

you could do a rclone mount remote:
then use file manager to select all files in a flat view of folder1
use file manager to move those files to folder2

That's what I'm doing but it's no reliable.

I'm using Windows to show . files, ctrl+c and ctrl+v.
Slow, no checks.. a bad solution.

This is all in a smb share from a rclone mount on my unraid server.

the cmd command you made might be the best solution.

sure, if you are using windows explorer, that is not reliable, i have not used it in many years.
i use double commander and that works well.

but the cmd is the way to go

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cmd is working

scratch all that.

For folders that have space on it, it's only using the first word even using the "remote:folder1/%%u"

EDIT: Solved it.
So I list the files into a txt, open the txt with notepad++ add " at the end of every line, easy done with replace all $ with ".
Run again but like this:

for /f "usebackq delims=" %%u in (thedirs.txt) do rclone copy "remote:folder1/%%u remote:folder2 -P

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Not currently. Rclone would need a --flatten command for this.

I've had about 10 requests for this recently so I'll put it on the TODO list!

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can you share what you have in mind?

--flatten would mean copy all the files to the root of the destination rather than in their hierarchy. It would be surprisingly useful at times, but a bit of thought needed as to how to handle files with the same name.

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sure, i have used the concept many times.
most file managers have that.

duplicate files would a problem.
guess a new set of flags would be needed.

--flatten-overwrite-if-duplicates.
--flatten-rename perhaps with --suffix
--flatten-do-not-overwrite
--flatten-allow-duplicates - for storage systems like gdrive
--flatten-the-earth

and how to handle that in the logs

I'd probably do a --flatten-mode flag with the default of do-not-overwrite

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that's good, if you do a beta, i will test it.

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I would be incredibly useful.

Depending on the software it takes 30+ minutes to scan 2000 folders within gdrive.
Windows explorer with rclone mount can take up to 10 seconds going into a folder and back to the previews one depending how many files you have.

If you just drop everything into a single folder this is way faster, less API calls to google.

This folder with 2000 files can be opened in less than 10 seconds.

So, this is really useful.

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Hi NCW,

Any news on this?
This would be really handy right now.

You can follow this issue:

Nice thank you Animosity, I'll keep an eye on that.

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It is on the list - all my spare cycles are going into a VFS refresh at the moment though!

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thanks, the merging of the cache remote into vfs, that is much needed by many.
let us know about any beta we can test?

the flatten can do done with a few lines of script for now.

Sure will! The end or the tunnel is in sight now I think (or is it the lights of an oncoming train...?).

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