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

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How to handle spaces in path names when variable contains multiple paths [duplicate]

Although I've read myself through most of the questions about handling spaces in path names, I haven't found my case yet, which is about several path names in one variable. find will need this when ...
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What types of regex DO support (e.g.) negative lookbehind?

Bash on GNU: I am using a collection of find commands, most of which employ -regex to do their matching. Each time I try a different feature in my regex I have to cycle through the values for ...
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Shell script to find and count total number of characters in all the files

How can I make a script that finds every file in your home directory that is less than 3 days old and then gets a count of the total number of characters in all of these files?
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How can I find and list files that begin with a period? [closed]

I want to delete all the files on my server called .DS_STORE and .THUMBS I tried the following to find these files, but they all came up empty. I know for sure there are some there. > find . ...
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Remove all files recursively without deleting directories

I want to "clean out" all of the files a directory including all files in subdirectories but I want to leave the subdirectories in place. My understanding of rm -r is that it will also delete the ...
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How to bump file timestamps by 3 months (for a directory tree)?

I am looking at the touch command line utility (on Linux), and from the examples I found in tutorials, I see how one can bump the access or modification timestamp to a specified time, the current ...
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List the files of another format while finding a certain name pattern

I had wanted to edit the txt files of videoA and videoB only if the movs files names contains the namespace -test For eg. videoDir |-videoA |- videoA_v001_test.mov |- ...
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Using find with 2 sets of variables

I want to be able to run a find command in my bash script that will find files based on two seperate variables. I've gotten this far but I'm not sure how to get the final result workingfind . -user ...
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Using Rsync to SSH and Find files

Hello I am trying to use Rsync to SSH into a remote server and pull a certain type of file that has been modified within the last 24 hours. Here is what I am trying: rsync -avx --timeout=480 ...
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Using find and aspell together

I'm trying to spell check all the *.md files in my current directory but the following command fails: >> find . -maxdepth 1 -name "*.md" | xargs -I {} aspell check {} xargs: aspell: exited with ...
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How to search for all SUID/SGID files?

All the howtos that I find on the web states: Find all SUID files: find / -perm -4000 -print Find all SGID files: find / -perm -2000 -print But that is not true. See: $ ls -lah test -r-sr-xr-x ...
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Using Rsync in conjunction with Find

I'm am attempting to write a script that will copy files created in the last 24 hours AND be of a specific file-type (*.png). The command I have tried is: rsync -avz --ignore-existing ...
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bash find: get directory of found file

I have a parent folder named "parent_folder" with a lot of subfolders, in these subfolders is a file named "foo.mp4". I can find these files easily by doing this: mymacbook:parent_folder username$ ...
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Check exist file on another pc

Yesterday I had ask how to use my tftp protocol in my bash script: Debian - Using TFTP in a bash script And now I have a problem with my tftp protocol. The file who was taken depend of my Hostname. ...
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Multiple File Redirection with awk and find

I have some files in a directory. And I want to add some lines at top and end of file using awk. Example: My awk command: awk 'BEGIN { print "line1\nline2" } { print $0 } END { print "line3\nline4" ...
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How to make a script to move files with find and regex

Im trying to make a find regex script so i automaticly can copy files to specific directory. find . -regex "*test.*s01e([0-9][0-9]).*" -exec cp {} /storage/tv/test/s01/ \; Made this script, dont ...
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Find file by magic pattern maching

There is a bash command file(1) which outputs a file's contents type according to the matching pattern definitions in the /etc/magic and /usr/share/misc/magic. Is there a way to use these pattern ...
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status check for sleep command

I have run sleep command in background as follow , How can I know the status of execution ..? Command sleep 2d ; find /home/disk1/ -exec touch {} \; & How can I know that its executed for 1 ...
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Why is the “move” word necessary when using find + xargs + rsync in this example? [duplicate]

I often use this sort of command on my Mac to transfer files remotely: find . -iname '*.txt' -print0 \ | xargs -0 -J % rsync -aP % user@ip:/foo/bar I had to perform this on Linux. Since GNU ...
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Create symlink tree in existing directories

I carry all of my music around on a 1TB USB drive and have a udev rule to symlink it to $HOME/Music/ when I plug it in to one of my laptops, which it does. The issue I have is that this works fine ...
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How to express all files/directories at the extra -exec option of `find` command?

I have a task to copy all files from multiple directories with special names to a target directory. So I build this directory to test my command. The test directory tree looks like: . ├── dir1 │   ...
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Why does 'find -exec cmd {} +' need to end in '{} +'?

Preface: I understand the difference between -exec {} \; & -exec {} +. I also don't have a problem as such, I am just curious about the semantics of find. When ending the -exec argument with + ...
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Print file name extension using -exec in find

I am playing around with -exec flag of find command. I am trying to use the flag to print the extension name of files, using a fairly new Linux distribution release. Starting simple, this works: ...
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find files in linux with some exceptions

I am trying to make a command which will find all the files modified in past 24 hours and which are PHP only with a loop to look into each public_html directories and save the output into a HTML file ...
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How do I deal with directories that have spaces in their names from `find`? [duplicate]

I have this: #!/bin/bash for file in `find . -type d` do echo $file done If I have just one directory called My Directory, the output is My Directory How do I fix this? The echo $file is ...
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Separate filename and path inside find command's -exec option

I'm struggling with escaping and expression evaluation. I am trying to run a command inside a find...-exec COMMAND structure, where COMMAND operates on one file and outputs to the stdout. To use ...
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Getting the -exec option in find to work

I am trying to make find print out a list of directories that contain files other than jpg images, but I think my use of the -exec option is broken. My environment is Cygwin Bash. $ find ! -iname ...
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Bash rename 360 000 files using find -exec

I've got around 360 000 files like: ./001/1/1.jpg ./001/1/2.jpg ./001/2/1.jpg ./002/1/1.jpg ./003/1/1.jpg ... pattern: [60 dirs]/[1000 subdirs]/[4-10 files].jpg I want to rename files using rename ...
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Find files recursively that are older than one year and not owned by a specific user

I'm trying to find any files on a specific mount that are older than one year and do not belong to a specific user. This is the command I'm using (within the root directory of the mount): find . ! ...
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Tried to mv folder, now having trouble finding folder

Yeah, so I was trying to move a folder around, and now I'm having trouble finding it. Originally it was in my .../Downloads/ directory. I did: sudo mv Downloads/Blah/ ~/ ... which seemed to work ...
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Did I unintentionally delete my entire hard drive?

A while ago I backed up a Linux folder onto a Windows disk drive I had lying around. Recently I was scanning through those files when I realized that I had unintentionally copied over many unwanted ...
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Delete all files by find

How to delete all files found by this command? find -type f -name "*-thumb.png"
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mv command error “already existing file”

I am using a simple script to create some directories. Finding some specific files by name and then moving them into the directories that I have created. The code that I am using is below: mkdir ...
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Find latest copy of same file in folder structure

I need to get the path of foo.txt in a folder structure. There are multiple foo.txt files in this structure but I need an automated to find the latest. Suggestions?
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how to find files based on filename range?

I have some files with numeric names: 2341a.po, 4567211someword.po, 0012.po, etc. I would like to find a set of files based on the numeric range. such as [126 - 363]. Normally I use regular ...
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use basename in find -exec?

If I just use basename {} .txt, it will work: find . -iname "*.txt" -exec basename {} .txt \; It will just print xxx instead of ./xxx.txt if I want use $(basename {} .txt) in the -exec option, it ...
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How to swap entire html blocks in multiple files with sed

I have tons of html pages with a simlar content as follows: <div class="wrapper"> <div class="aaa"> ...lot of html1 here like div's/spans etc.. </div> <!-- end aaa --> ...
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How to recursively delete a dir after find [duplicate]

find . -name "DIR-NAME" -type d -delete because i want to delete specific dir name recursively well it returns find: cannot delete `./DIR-NAME': Directory not empty which is expeted but I have ...
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How to find a file with partially specified path?

I am trying to find all my .txt and .csv files in my backup (Apple's time machine). The structure of the backup directories is like this: /machine name/date/Macintosh HD/ The above contains all ...
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How to change date format and position in find output

Sorry if this a basic question. Say i have the following command. It's set to display a list of the last 20 files modified on my drive with the paths included. find -type f -printf '%TY-%Tm-%Td %TT ...
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How to tell xargs to unpack tar into certain directory [closed]

I wrote my first script which goes: find /media/temp/test -type f -printf '%T@ %p\n*.tar.gz' | sort -n | tail -1 | cut -f2- -d" " | xargs tar -xvpf I would like to find latest modified file which ...
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How to find a specific file and move it to a specific directory?

How to find a specific file, and move it to the specific directory /var/tmp? For example I want to find the file 0914_Jul-2014.gz. Remark, the file 0914_Jul-2014.gz, is under ~300 subdirectories: ...
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Using `find`, how can I get `rm` to print a fuller path name than it does when executed through `-execdir`?

Summary of Answers: while literature promotes "-execdir" as safer than "-exec", do not ignore the operational difference. The former is not a simple reimplementation of the latter. Also, when using ...
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Find and create empty files with the same name in another location

I want create empty files with the same name, but in another location. Is it possible? find some files use only filenames touch an empty file in another place Something like this: find . -type f ...
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bash: What is the difference between these two script variants?

(Note: Both of these examples may require GNU or BSD find and may not work as-is with the POSIX "edition" of find). Both of the scriptlets below must be understood as excerpts from way more complex ...
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In which directory is node running?

In trying to figure out how some application that listens on port 8088 is running, I see that it has PID 15020: $ netstat -ntulp Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address ...
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Copy only files between two times [closed]

I'm trying to copy pictures taken between two times, from one directory to another. I’ve managed to list them using this command find /mnt -type f -name "*.jpg" -newermt "2014-12-14 01:00:00" ! ...
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How do I find/list all files on filesystem with a certain SELinux “fcontext”

I'm having trouble finding information on what command, presumably from setools, I should use to find all the files on my filesystem that are labeled by SELinux with a certain file-context (fcontext). ...
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Change file ownership recursively without errors

I am trying to write a script that fixes the ownership of all files owned by a specific user, after changing the user's UID. Currently, I run: chown -Rhc --from=${OLD_UID} ${NEW_UID} / chown -Rhc ...
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Find files older than x amount of time in specific directory with ignoring subdirectories

My setup is as following: folder structure dir |--correctfile1 |--correctfile2 |--correctfile3 |--subdir1 |--wrongfile1 |--wrongfile2 |--wrongfile3 |--subdir2 |--subdir3 I need to ...