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

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find -exec mv stops after first exec

While researching for this question: Find and move directories based on file type and date, I stumbled upon a problem of my own. First I created a bunch of directories with files in them: seq 10 | ...
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Exclude paths that make find complain about permissions

I need to generate a file list from a disk volume. Some of the directories (all hidden directories under the root directory) have strange permissions that causes find to complain. I try to exclude ...
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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 in a certain subdirectory with find

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 rysnc?

I want to be able to search for files over 14 days and over 10k and than rsync those found files to a destination. Is there a way to combine these two commands? find ./ -mtime +14 -size +10k rsync ...
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Why does this one-liner clobber files?

I have written this to help me batch-encode some videos: find -name '*.mkv' -exec HandBrakeCLI -Z "Android Tablet" \ -c "1-3" -m -O --x264-tune film -E copy --decomb -s 1 -i {} \ -o `echo {} | tr ...
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The difference that quotation marks make in find command [duplicate]

When I have a nested directory find . -name "*.py" -print command gives me all the python scripts beneath current directory. However, find . -name *.py -print returns only the python scrips in current ...
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find and exec: why does this command not work?

I don't get why echo prints empty line (latest cygwin version): ~/tmp >find mydor/ -name "*php" mydor/es/c/packags.php mydor/etns/inx.php mydor/pacepors.php mydor/XAE.php ~/tmp >find mydor/ ...
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find all end subdirectories in a tree

given the following structure: oz123@debian:~/ $ tree . . ├── a │ ├── a1 │ ├── a2 │ └── a3 ├── a1 │ ├── a11 │ ├── a12 │ └── a31 ├── b │ └── b1 │ ├── b11 │ │ └── b21 │ ...
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Get list of all files by mask in terminal

I want to find all *.h,*.cpp files in folders with defined mask, like */trunk/src*. So, I can find separately *.h and *.cpp files: find . -path "*/trunk/src/*.h" find . -path "*/trunk/src/*.cpp" ...
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Variable declaration in parallel sh -c …

I've been trying to process the output of find with parallel, which in turn invoked a shell (some textual substitutions were needed). I observed some strange behaviour, which I cannot really explain ...
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How to find multiple strings in files? [duplicate]

I use the following command to find files with a given string: find /var/www/http -type f | xargs grep -iR "STRING1" But how can I find files which include "STRING1" OR "STRING2" OR "STRING3"? ...
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How to find file/directory names that are the same, but with different capitalization/case?

How can I list the file/directory names in a directory recursively that are the same, but with different capitalization/case? ex.: INPUT (not the ls command, the directories): [user@localhost ...
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What's wrong with this tar command? [closed]

find /informatica/dev/SrcFiles* -mtime +7 -and -size +1M -exec tar -rvf files.8.2.2013.tar {} \; This command is running/working correctly and I'm not sure whats wrong. I want to find the files that ...
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find command and tar

find /informatica/dev/SrcFiles* -mtime +7 -and -size +1M -exec tar -cvjf> So I ran this command and I can't find the file after it was done running (probably because I never named it?). The ...
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How to find first match in multiple files

Is there a way for the find command to search for the first match or occurrence of a string or pattern within each of multiple files? I've been using the usual syntax: find dir -iname '*.ext' -exec ...
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find command help

I'm struggling using the find command that will allow me to find all files that were modified over 7 days ago and that are larger than 1 MB. Here's what I have - find /path/to/files* -mtime +7 | ...
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delete files matching pattern

I need to recursively remove all files in all subdirs where the filename contains a number followed by an 'x' followed by a number, at least two times. Example: I'd want to remove these files: ...
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mv files to a different path which is constructed via a regex replacement

I have a directory full of files stored in subdirectories according to their filename, i.e.: 20d1/d325/52d1/20d1d32552d1a95249e62662fbdf924dd72c4027.jpg ...
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find doesn't return expected files

I'm doing a search for files that contain ".anki" in their file name. root@t500:/home/some1# find / -name .anki /home/some1/.anki But there are other files in my home folder that contain .anki: ...
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find -exec {} vs. find -exec '{}' [duplicate]

I noticed in the man pages for find, that the {} always have single quotes around them. find -exec '{}' \; The description states: Notice that the braces are enclosed in single quote ...
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Find pattern and move

I'm wondering if anybody knows how to find a pattern and then move it to a different location. For example, I have many files named: odbc.ini_20110630 odbc.ini_20110639 odbc.ini_20110643 etc... I ...
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linux shell: find -exec in find -exec

I want to execute chmod 555 on all files and directories I get with the following command (it returns the directory test and all files and directories in it): find ~/.config/google-chrome -type d ...
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Change filename from lowercase to uppercase recursively

I have 1,000,000 files in some folders and subfolders. I want to rename them from lowercase to uppercase using shell commands. I don't want to modify the extension. only filename part. I have found ...
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Keeps on getting message files are identical using find

Whenever I enter this: find . -type f -name 'diag*' -mtime +30 -exec mv {} temp_diag \; in SunOS I always get this message mv: ./temp_diag/diagnostic.log.68.gz and temp_diag/diagnostic.log.68.gz ...
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find -print always prints the starting directory

I am trying to count how many files and folders I have recursively under a directory with 500K files with find (note: recursively and under). I am using the following command: find my_folder -name ...
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How to I scan using find for all files that do have execute bit set?

I want to write a permission fix script that uses find to fix permissions on files. Mainly what I need is a find command that is able to list all files with execute bit set, regardless of the other ...
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Moving files with find + xargs: target is not a directory?

When I run the following command: > mkdir some_dir > find /foo/bar/ -name '*.csv' -print0 | xargs -0 mv {} some_dir I get hundreds of lines that say: mv: target `/foo/bar/XX.csv` is not a ...
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List of Recently Modified Files of a specified user in whole disk?

One of my colleague is suddenly getting sick seriously and I need to finish his part, so knowing what he is working on most recently would be useful... For example, if I want to see the most recent ...
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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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Count number of lines with a certain value in a column for all files in directory recursively

I have 40 files in a directory and I want to count the number of times there is a line with a "2" in the first column in each file individually. I am trying something like this, but it prints out ...
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How can I filter those “Permission denied” from find output? [duplicate]

I started using sed recently. One handy way I use it is to ignore unimportant lines of a log file: tail -f example.com-access.log | sed '/127.0.0.1/d;/ELB-/d;/408 0 "-" "-"/d;' But when I try to ...
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`find -path` explained

The find command provides the option -path. I understand that one has to define where to start looking [commonly known as "path"]. Trying to figure out what it is used for, I found many examples using ...
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How do I use find when the filename contains spaces?

I want to pipe file names to other programs, but they all choke when the names contain spaces. Let's say I have a file called. foo bar How can I get find to return the correct name? Obviously I ...
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How does -exec actually work

I am confused on the -exec command. E.g. in this case: find . -type f -name "*.c" -exec cat {} \;>all_c_files.txt It seems that I get cat file1 file2 file3 ... fileN While in this case: ...
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Why are there empty lines in the output of my command?: find ~/x/y/ | shuf > ~/Desktop/z.txt

As it turns out the reason for this problem was one filename with several newlines. (No idea how that happened.) find ~/x/y/ | shuf > ~/Desktop/z.txt This command works pretty much as expected ...
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How to deal with spaces in a variable

I'm working on some scripting: for x in `find ./ -name *.pdf` do echo pathname $x done My filenames are Test1 ( Volume II), Test2 ( Volume II). I'm getting a return of pathname Test1 pathname ( ...
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How to prevent find -execdir from following symlinks?

Say I have a symlink: linktob -> b If I run something like find . -type l -execdir chmod 777 {} \;, the chmod command affects the file the symlink is pointing to, i.e. ‘b’. The man page suggests ...
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How can I efficiently dereference all symlinks in `find` *output* filenames?

I need paths to be both fully resolved and relative to a given directory. This must be done efficiently, since the number of paths is often greater than 100,000. Situation: I have directories which ...
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dowload find binary , accidentally deleted /usr/bin/find binary file

I accidentally deleted all some binaries by rm -r f*, when my current directory was /usr/bin/ . So i couldn't install any files including findutils, since 'find' binary is the prerequisite for ...
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POSIX find all local files

I'm trying to write a cross-platform command line that will find all local files on a file system. My intention is to use the find command, using only POSIX parameters. Is there a way to skip ...
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Having some trouble using “find -exec {} +”

Disclaimer: I am a novice to Unix/Linux, but I am looking forward to learning! I have tried a search on this stackexchange and read the the man find, but I can't seem to figure this out. I want to ...
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How can I rename all files with one extension to a different extension recursively [duplicate]

Say I have a folder: / /a.bub /v.bub /dr.bub /catpictures /catpictures/or.bub /catpictures/on.bub How can I format a script to change each of these to .aaa. Here is what I've got, although it ...
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Change some ASP code to PHP code in all files

I'm migrating a directory of files containing fairly simple ASP code over to a PHP server and I need to modify the contents of all the files with a find and replace mechanism. I'm not great with ...
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Find/ls caching

It seems as though the first time I run find or ls on a directory, it takes a while to work. But, each time thereafter, it is fast, as though a list of the directory's contents has been cached or ...
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Why are POSIX Find Parameters Different from Other Program styles?

Why is a parameter in the POSIX find command added with a single hyphen for multi-character parameter names, while most other programs use single hyphen to indicate multiple single-character flags, ...
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find/rename command doesn't work

I am using Linux Slackware 14.0, bash 4.2. Suppose, I have 2 files in the directory: bash-4.2$ ls 1.txt 2.txt I want to rename them to .svg. This answer is accepted and upvoted, so I think, it ...
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What is the '+' in find command for? [duplicate]

I have some times come across the use of trailing + while using unix commands like find. Example from SO post - find -exec touch -t 201007162310.00 \+ Please help me understand the use of this.
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How to use arguments with 'find -exec'? [duplicate]

I'm trying to generate static html files for all php scripts inside dir: find . -name "*.php" -exec php {} > {}.html \; But it just dumps all results to {}.html. How to do it properly? And how ...