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Symlink all subdirectories in a directory to another directory

I'm trying to symlink every directory in a folder to another folder. For example, in the structure below, I need the subfolders symlinked to folder2. - /home/chris/folder1 -- subfolder1 -- subfolder2 ...
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Expected behavior of `find -depth` if execute permission denied for subdirectory?

I'd like to know if I can rely on the behavior I am seeing when using find with -depth option and user does not have execute permission for a subdirectory. Assume the following directory structure: ...
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find with execdir

I run a find with execdir both I don't get the results I was expecting. SSCCE below: mkdir -p a/b/c find . -type d -execdir touch foo \; $ tree a a ├── b │   ├── c │   └── foo └── foo Directory c ...
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How do I search all subdirectories to find one with a certain name?

Let's say I have a top level directory called /dir and many sub directories. How do I search the subdirectories of /dir to find the one called x/x/dir/x/x/x/target? This question is similar to, but ...
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83 views

Check for existence of files prior to acting on them

In one of my processes I check for existence of files older than 31 days, and then do stuff with them. find /my/directory/*txt -mtime +31 -exec ls -l {} \; All this is well and fine if files are ...
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How can I for example list five largest files in /usr/lib -directory?

How can I for example list five largest files in /usr/lib directory? Please also add some minor explanation for each bit of code that you are using.
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Count entries for each directory in tree

Say I have the following tree: root: d foo d bar /foo: d A - tmp.txt /bar: d B - tmp2.txt /foo/A: - tmp3.txt /bar/B: d = directory and - = file I need to answer the following question: which ...
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Find a particular nesting of directory names, e.g. …/project/dir1/dir2

I'm having some issues dealing with the find command; I don't know the syntax for it very well and I need to use it in a script to find a specific directory structure that could be located anywhere. ...
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How to find certain files and move them to a new directory in the same command?

So I was looking around and all I have found is how to do this only if the directory is already made, which is this: find source -name '*.z' -exec cp {} destination \; But how can I make a new ...
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191 views

How search for a file beginning with either a or z and ending with a or z?

I attempted find -name 'a*' 'z*' '*a' '*z' but it gave me the error code find: paths must precede expression: z* I know how to find files starting with a though z, or ending with a-z, but not ...
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607 views

Find and move directories based on file type and date

I have a directory "New Movies" containing 200+ subdirectories "Movie Name (year)". The subdirectories "Movie Name (year)" contains a single video file (avi/mkv) and several related jpg/xml files. I ...
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Delete all files except certain subfolder [duplicate]

I want to recursively delete all files not accessed in a while in folder a, except all files in the subfolder b. find a \( -name b -prune \) -o -type f -delete However, I get an error message: ...
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Find and remove sub-directories without error?

I need to find a way to remove sub-directories from within a particular directory without receiving an error if no sub-directories exist. This command will successfully remove sub-directories if they ...
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Cheapest way to find the oldest file (recursively) from a directory under heavy load

What is the least expensive way to find the oldest file in a directory, including all directories underneath. Assume directory is backed by SAN and under heavy load. There is concern that "ls" could ...
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find command: how to ignore pathname?

I have to find some type of files in a directory and it's subdirectories and I only have to print out the filenames. So here's the main command: find -type f -name "*.c" Now, how could I cut the ...
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Find and copy directories containing file type

I have a directory "Movies" containing subdirectories "Movie Name". Each subdirectory "Movie Name" contains a movie file and related image/nfo files etc. I'm trying to copy all directories containing ...
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779 views

Passing multiple directories to the -prune option in find

I am using find to locate and delete backup files but wish to exclude certain directories from the search. The backup filenames could terminate in .bck, bak, ~, or backup. The Minimal Working Example ...
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Is there a command to list files, exclude sub-directories and display size and date?

Before I begin please assume I have only basic knowledge in UNIX. Basic meaning I have only started reading about it since last week for a work related purpose. I have been experimenting with the ls ...
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1answer
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Why is the output of find sorted in Cygwin but not in Solaris?

I wonder why find does not behave in the same way in Solaris as in Cygwin or Linux. I have a bunch of directories that have files called CS##########. Each # is a digits but there are always 10 ...
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Find directories that do not contain subdirectories

I'm writing script is ksh. Need to find all directory names directly under the current directory which contain only files, not subdirectories. I know that I could use ls -alR and recursively parse ...
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find flags: -exec rm -rf vs -delete

I thought the flags I mentioned in the question are the same, but I get the following message with the former, but nothing with the latter: $ find . -mindepth 1 -type d -exec rm -rf {} \; find: ...
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Delete all folders containing files which match pattern

I'm trying to delete all subdirectories of my current working directory which contain a rar file. My first attempt: find -name *.rar -exec rm -r {}/.. ';' failed because that is not a valid ...
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807 views

Get a list of directory names with find

I know I can do this to get a list of directory names: find . -type d -maxdepth 1 The output looks like this: . ./foo ./bar I prefer the listing without ./. Is there a way to get find to output ...
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Make directory copies using find

I have a directory with a bunch of subdirectories in it. Thus /usr/local/src/ccl/ccl-1.8/x86-headers$ ls elf gl gmp gnome2 gtk2 jni libc Each of these directories has a further subdirectory C ...
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Rename multiple directories

I want to find all directories with the last subdirectory named doc, for then rename them to Doc. How can be renamed? I've the first part: find -type d -name 'doc' which returns directories paths ...
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Find files with same name but different content?

I want to generate a list of files that have: Same name Different content in a directory (including all children directories and content). How to do? Bash, perl, anything is fine. So, two ...
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How can I list subdirectories recursively?

The obvious ls -dR does not work. I am currently using find /path/ -type d -ls but the output is not what I need (plain listing of sub-folders) Is there a way out?
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1answer
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What is the best way to find directories that exactly match a string irrespective of the path?

Suppose I have the directories: /foo/ /A/B/C/foo/D/E/ /F/foo/G/H/foo/I/ How can get a result that lists all the directories whose basename exactly matches a given string (for example foo in here)? ...
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How to remove all empty directories in a subtree?

How can I remove all empty directories in a subtree? I used something like find . -type d -exec rmdir {} 2>/dev/null \; but I needs to be run multiple times in order to remove directories ...
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use 'find' to search for directories !containing certain filetype foo

I have a few directories, some with a depth of 3, which contain mixed file types. What I need to do is to rm -rf all the subdirectories that do not contain filetype foo. Is this achievable with find ...
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How can I move files by type recursively from a directory and its sub-directories to another directory?

What would be a good way to move a file type from a directory and all of its sub-directories? Like "move all *.ogg in /thisdir recursively to /somedir". I tried a couple of things; my best effort was ...
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Directory filenames with sed with whitespaces

I'm working on a script and I'm stuck, even with the help of teh googles. Here's my code: for FOLDER in `find . -type d | sed "s#^.#$(pwd)#" | sed 's/ /\ /g'` do echo "$FOLDER" done This will ...
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Best way run a command on each file in a directory tree

There appear be a number of ways to do this including loops in shell script, find and xargs. Which of these is best, and which is most portable?