find is a command line utility to search for files in a directory hierarchy

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Delete files specified by the output of find: rm thinks argument list is too long.

When I run the following command, it gives me an error: $ rm -f `find /home/domain/imap/domain.com/*/Maildir -mtime +190 | grep -E '/cur/|/new/'` -bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long How can I ...
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Understanding -regex with GNU find

Background I have what I think should be a simple case. I want to find all files with "cisco" in the name and do something with those files (via xargs). Finding files with ls Before I use xargs, ...
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size option in find(version 4.4.2) does not understand kilo prefix

For some reason, find does not seem to accept kilobytes prefix: T42 ~ # find /root/ /home/noc/ \( -type f -size -1k \) -exec grep -iH hangup {} \; find: `/home/noc/.gvfs': Permission denied T42 ~ # ...
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The processing order and printing of files with find

This simple BASH script collects msgstrs in a PHP project: #!/bin/sh TARGET=/path/to/project LPATH=locale/cy_GB/LC_MESSAGES POFILE=messages.po mkdir -p $LPATH touch $TARGET/$LPATH/$POFILE cd $TARGET ...
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using regex with find

Let's say I need to find all files in /var/log/ except btmp, lastlog, wtmp. And I only need depth 1. I tried with the following find command, but that does not work as expected: find /var/log/ -...
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“find” output relative to directory

I'd like to use find to list all files and directories recursively in a given root for a cpio operation. However, I don't want the root directory itself to appear in the paths. For example, I ...
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How to find a symlink when the location in which it was created is unknown?

I followed some slightly incorrect instructions to install my video driver. I executed this command blindly and don't know what directory I did it: sudo ln -s lib /usr/lib64 How can I find that ...
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Find on AIX with output to file

find /apps/dynalife/clients/. ! -path "train" -type f -mtime +90 ! \( -name "*.p" -o -name "*.i" -o -name "*.w" -o -name "*.cls" -o -name "*.inf" -o -name "*.bat" \) -exec {} \; > /apps/dynalife/...
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Prevent wildcard expansion on find

Is there a way to prevent wildcard expansion on the find command so that the following would work? find . -iname "foo [bar]" As pointed out here, I tried running set -f, set -o noglob and setopt ...
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double-quoting parameter (representing filename) doesn't help if spaces are contained

When iterating over some filenames double-quoting the parameter does not prevent the filename from being broken: $ mkdir temp $ cd temp/ $ touch a\ b $ for f in $(find .) ; do echo "$f" ; done . ./a ...
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ls with find :: report total size

I am trying to get the total size of files satisfying a find, e.g.: ls $(find -maxdepth 2 -type f) However, this kind of invocation of ls does not produce the total size as well.
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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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Find directories with a certain name

How can I loop through each directory recursively and whenever it finds a folder called VIDEO_TS, let Genisoimage convert that folder's content to an dvd-video iso image, the name of the iso would be ...
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What is the most efficient way to move a large number of files that reside in a single directory?

CentOS 5.x I apologize if this is a repeat question. I've seen a lot of similar questions (regarding deleting files) but not exactly the same scenario. I have a directory containing hundreds of ...
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Remove all files created before a certain date

I have a directory containing a high number of files (like logs for every day of the year). I would like to remove all files created before let's say 22/11. How can I achieve that ? Must I use find ...
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Find file names that don't contain a specified string

I'd like to execute the opposite of: find . -name "*2013*" Find all the files in the current directory that don't contain the string "2013" in their names. How can I do that?
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`find` with multiple `-name` and `-exec` executes only the last matches of `-name`

When I'm using find . -type f -name "*.htm*" -o -name "*.js*" -o -name "*.txt" it finds all the types of file. But when I add -exec at the end: find . -type f -name "*.htm*" -o -name "*.js*" -o -...
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how to pipe find's output into another find

In searching how to make find sort the files it finds based on modification time I found this answer which provides the following incantation: find . -type f -printf '%T@ %p\n' | sort -k 1nr | sed 's/...
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Finding a specific file in several sub-directories

I've the following problem : I have to write something to copy a file contained in directory A. The file is unique, and has a specific extension (.jil). Only problem, directory A can contains a sub-...
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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 does the order of arguments influence the speed of find

How does the order of arguments in a find call affect the speed of the results? Compare for example (A) find -name dir -type d and (B) find -type d -name dir Or any other of combinations of ...
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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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How can I pass in a parameter to sed?

To be more precise - how can I pass in a parameter to a program that then calls sed - how can I 'pass' that parameter along? I have a file 'source_code.sc'. I have a sed script "find_expect": #n /...
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Use xargs to move files from within a directory

I am searching for some folders in my current directory. What I want to do is, move all the files within those directories to another directory. I am using the following command: find -maxdepth 1 -...
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Copying wallpaper images into a single folder

In my ubuntu 12.04 set-up, there are lots of wallpaper images in the directory /usr/share/wallpapers. For example, one might be usr/share/wallpapers/Leafs_Labyrinth/contents/images/1600x1200.jpg ...
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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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Linux shell - unexpected error

I'm new to the linux & command world. I have two directories, one called pasta (which contains 3 files) and another one called pasta2 (with nothing inside). I'm trying to move all 3 files from ...
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What is the “initialization time” in the find command?

When I try to refer find command's man page , I come across -mmin n The value of n can be one of the following: n Evaluates as True if the file modification time ...
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thoroughly find all links (hard and symlinks, and any combination thereof) leading to a file/dir [duplicate]

I read "most" of the proposed questions, but I believe they all miss the complexity of the right answer. I want, only using "basic" commands (for maximum portability) (i.e., something that would work ...
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Trouble getting regex to work with find

I'm having a lot of trouble getting find to work with regex flags. Im using egrep on its own to find a date pattern in a file, like this: egrep '[0-9]{4}-[0-9]{2}-[0-9]{2}' which will return dates ...
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Find directories without music files

My ~/Music/ directory is actually full of "empty" directories I want to clean. I say "empty" because this directories actually contain files, some contain old cover image files or Thumbs.db files. I ...
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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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Linux splitting array into separate variables

I've been programming on MVS for years and recently have been using Linux so my Linux skills are not that great yet but I understand development concepts well. What I'm trying to do is to read a ...
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Create Zip for each subfolder but containing only matched files

I am trying to figure out how to create a zip file for each subfolder containing only files that match my criteria. For instance I have: Folder1 Folder2 Folder3 Each folder contains the same set ...
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Need to copy files to existing directory and remove files already there with the same name but different extension

EDIT: Total rewrite of question for clarity. I have a directory tree (new) with a bunch of files of with an extension of .new. I have an identical tree (old) where many of the files have names ...
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why does find command use {} for a placeholder variable?

I'm curious as to why find uses {} as the syntax for variable substitution (e.g., as in find . -name "*~" -exec rm {} \;). It's a rather unusual syntax, and I don't know any other programs or ...
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find: combining -path and -prune to exclude files and directories

I have a directory /srv/tftp/pxelinux.cfg and a file /etc/mtab. I want to exclude both from find. But whatever I do, either one always is not excluded find /etc /srv -path /srv/tftp/pxelinux.cfg -...
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What is the difference between [.]* and '.*' for command 'find -name'?

My goal is to find all files or directories in a filesystem that start with a dot (.), for example .gnupg. So I came up with the command: find -name '.*' Checking on the Internet, I saw some hints ...
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Rationale find command display . directory

I am wondering what the reason or rationale is for the find command to list the current directory ( . ) at some times but not others. When I use ".", I see the current directory in the outer ...
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Faster way to delete large number of files [duplicate]

I have a directory where lots of cached files are getting generated very quickly. Since these are very small files, it is consuming all my inodes very quickly. Currently I am running the following ...
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mv complains about standard input in a pipeline that filters file name with grep

I'm trying to move several .avi files that have spaces in from a CD to my home folder. I've already know how to get rid of the spaces: find /media/mathscd/ | grep -L -r "*.avi" | for file in *; do ...
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find files not matching list of filename patterns

I find myself needing to find and identify extraneous files (out of about 900K files on a 2T drive). There are lots of files that I want to keep, and I have filename patterns for these known good ...
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recursive search for a pattern, then for each match print out the specific SEQUENCE: line number, file name, and no file contents

What I am after is almost exactly the same as can be found here, but I want the format "line number, separator, filename, newline" in the results, thus displaying the line number at the beginning of ...
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Recursively apply a command to modify all files in a directory

I have a command that reads a file, and outputs a modified version on stdout: ./convert /path/to/file How can I recursively apply this command to all files in a directory, and overwrite the ...
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Search mp3 collection for songs with a certain song length

How would I search a directory of mp3 files for songs between a certain length. Ex: findmp3 -min=03:00 -max=03:15 /music/mp3/ebm/ Would return all mp3 files in the emb/ directory having a song ...
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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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Delete all files in directories except those whose path are listed in a file

Given the following files: data/A/a.txt data/B/b.pdf ... date/P/whatever.log ... data/Z/z.jpg I would like to delete all files in the data/A/, data/B/, ..., data/Z/ directories except those files ...
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find /var/log/ -type f -name *.log doesn't return list of log files

Instead, it returns the following error: find: paths must precede expression: file1.log Usage: find [-H] [-L] [-P] [-Olevel] [-D help|tree|search|stat|rates|opt|exec] [path...] [expression] ...
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ksh:Get files created on specific date in directory [duplicate]

I want get the files that were created on specific date in a directory > ll total 36 -rw-rw-r-- 1 tak tak 212 Oct 08 07:06 name.log -rw-rw-r-- 1 tak tak 494 ...
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Excluding . and .. from results in find and ls

Is there any way to prevent find and ls -l from listing . and .. in their results? I never care about seeing this result in the output, and it prevents me from effectively piping their output to wc -l ...