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

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find files in folder newer than

I searched through man find but it doesn't give me the answer to a simple task: I want to list all files inside a folder that were modified during the last 5 hours. I tried find ~/.purple/logs ...
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Moving files older than one year to parent archive directory

I want to move the photos of my collection into an "/home/Bruno/Archiv/Bilder" directory, which is parent to the "/home/Bruno/Bilder" Directory. I started of with: find -ctime +365 -exec echo mv ...
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grep for files and open the resultant matches

I'm trying to open all files based on some return values from grep in the command line. I know that I can use the -l option to only return filenames, but I would like to combine this somehow with ...
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Find files belonging to a group

Actually I want to find all the files and folders that are under the same group, for example I have this : [test] user1/sam a.txt user9/sam b.txt user4/sam I'm looking for a command ...
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Find and for loop

Trying to do a mass convert from M4A to OGG in a large music collection, I have: #!/bin/sh for i in `find /home/family/Music -name *.m4a -print0` #do ffmpeg -i "$i" -acodec libvorbis -aq 6 -vn -ac ...
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find directories not containing a file

How can I use the find command to locate directories that do NOT contain a particular file? E.g., if I have bunch of directories that should be under revision control, can I search and find the ones ...
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Problem combining -or and -exec with find command

I'm finding that when I use find's -or operator in combination with -exec, I don't get the result I expect. When searching for .cpp and .h files, the command works as expected if I don't use -exec: ...
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my permission command doesn't work properly

find . a* -exec chmod o+r {} \; find . *d -exec chmod o+x {} \; I want to give o+r to all files that start with "a" and o+x to all files that end with "d", but these lines seem to affect all files ...
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Replace cp function by rsync [duplicate]

I'm trying to replace my cp function by an rsync function My cp function is the following find /home/odroid/USBHD/Movies/ -iname "*.mkv" -mtime '-1' -exec cp -n {} /home/odroid/NASVD/Movies \; do ...
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Finding files on a Unix server and sorting by size

I have a web server where I have run out of space and it's causing issues with the WordPress sites I am running on them. I know that I have a lot of large .png files (the fact that it's PNG is a ...
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run grep cmd recursively and print path name and result

I have a log file that exists in multiple directories one for each client. I am trying to run the following: find . -iname "20140926.log" -exec cat {} \; | grep 123456 | grep 'food="100"' | wc -l ...
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Why does find complain of an invalid expression?

I have shell script like this to copy from backup file to weekly directory: #!/bin/sh find . type f \( -iname "SS1*.tar" -o -iname "SS2*.tar" -o -iname "SS3*.tar" -o -iname "SS4*.tar"\) -exec cp {} ...
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How do I delete directory and file, if .picasa.ini is the only file in the directory?

I want to start from a root directory and recurse through the tree. I want to delete the directory and file if there is only one file in the directory called .picasa.ini It seems like the "find" ...
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Concatenate file contents AND names

I've been writing for many months. The files I create are dated files named like 2011-06-13.markdown with daily content. I've decided I want to have all the writing in one file instead but I'd like ...
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List of subdirectories that contains a particular file name

I am wondering if i can do this in a single shell command. I am in home directory and want to find a list of subdirectories that contains a particular file. The file name and the depth is always ...
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List folders that contain more than X images

Is there a way to return a list of all folders on a given disk containing more than X images ? The search should be recursive but X should not. Example for X=100 : Folder A |_ folder A1 ...
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finding latest date and date modified file and using sed

I have a series of files that contain a date and I need to get the file which has the latest date, and the latest date modification and pipe it to sed. I have tried various approaches and I cannot ...
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bash find using variable

I have an issue I don't understand. It is simple and it should work, but it doesn't. =EDITED exactly what I can see from terminal= I have a list of filenames: [molni@archlinux picasa_album]$ cat LIST ...
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how to execute a shell built-in if find found certain files

In general, if we want to execute a command if find identifies files corresponding to certain specs, we can use -exec. But in my case I want to exit the shell/script if find found a match and -exec ...
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Clone directory tree structure and copy files to the corresponding directories modified after a specific date

I have a folder with more than 30 sub directories and I want to get the list of the files which was modified after a specified date(say sep 8 which is the real case) and to be copied with the same ...
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List File Space Ownership By User

I have a 4TB NFS file system that is being served from a NetApp filer. The NetApp's quota tools tell me that a certain user is using X amount of disk space in that qtree, but it isn't in "their" ...
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Is it possible to use `find -exec sh -c` safely?

I'm trying to use find to echo 0 into some files, but apparently this only works with sh -c: find /proc/sys/net/ipv6 -name accept_ra -exec sh -c 'echo 0 > {}' \; But using sh -c with find -exec ...
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Reference a path name in `find` output results

What I would like to do is to be able to reference a find path name result as a parameter to another command without laboriously typing the full path name. Example: $ find -name testfile path1 ...
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Delete empty directories using 'ls' command

I want to delete empty directories without using find command find . -empty -type d -delete. like the following: if [ "$(ls -d *)" ]; then echo "Not Empty" else echo "Delete" fi How do I ...
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Find files in multiple directories taken from list in a file?

FreeBSD 9.2 RELEASE p2 I have a file dirs.txt. In this file is a new line separated directory list like so: /etc /home /home/goods/ I need to first find in all directory's files which have names ...
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how to find and then delete files older than specific days in unix including files in subdirectores not touching folder structure

I have got one folder for log with 7 folders in it. Those seven folders too have subfolders in them and those subfolders have subfolders too. I want to delete all the files older than 15 days in all ...
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How can I cat the contents of files found using find into a single file?

I managed to shoot myself where it hurts (really bad) by reformatting a partition that held valuable data. Of course it was not intentional, but it happened. However, I managed to use testdisk and ...
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Remove by date in Shell Script

I have a shell script that creates a backup of a database. I would like to keep the last 7 days for files. What is the syntax I need to remove files in a directory by date or can I keep the newest 7 ...
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Find doesn't want to find *.sh in certain level [duplicate]

I have a problem with find. It doesn't find *.sh files if I am in certain directory level. It does, however, find *.sql files. /path$ cd do_not_upload/updates/1.1.1/ ...
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How to integrate mv command after find command?

Given a scenario I was searching for file name which contain AAA withing it on a path using following command: find path_A -name "*AAA*" Given the output shows from the above command, I want to ...
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Meaning of @0 in a shell script

I was looking at the script /etc/init.d/sudo in my Ubuntu 14.04 Linux system. While reading the script, I found this statement : find /var/lib/sudo -exec touch -d @0 '{}' \; What is the meaning of ...
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Find an archive and extract it in the directory where it is located

I want to find a tar file which is presented in any directory and un-archive it in a one line command. I am able to find it separately from home directory. but only can extract it from directory ...
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make `find` return with a non-zero exit code if error occured

Why am I seeing the following: $ find -not -exec bash -c 'foo' \; -quit bash: foo: command not found $ echo $? 0 This is a reduced version of the actual script I am using which I post at the end ...
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Improve execution time for recursive md5sum check?

This recursive md5sum check for 40000 items of 11.8 GB takes 2 minutes: ret=$(find "${target}"/ -name ".md5sum" -size +0 | while read aFile; do cd "${aFile%/*}"; md5sum -c ".md5sum"; done | grep -v ...
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ls and find command excluding a certain directory

I want to do this: ls -altrhS 'find / -type d \( ! -name tmp -prune \) -size +10000k 2> /dev/null -print' | egrep -v 'ibd|MYD|MYI' So I want to list, in that format, files of a specific size ...
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find: Why is the -a operator not commutative in combination with -print?

Supposing we're using find in current directory with audio files (e. g. MP3) and (important!) also non-mp3 files (e. g. JPEG) present in current directory or somewhere below it. Additionally to that, ...
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Apply recursive chmod to files or folders only

I'd like to apply chmods to files and folders in one line, Basically: chmod 700 ./* -R # but only apply to folders chmod 600 ./* -R # but only apply to files Of course I searched google and read ...
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When will `find . -exec COMMAND {} +` execute COMMAND multiple times?

If I do find . -exec echo {} + it prints all paths in one line, i.e. command echo is only executed once. But according to man find, -exec command {} + ... the number of invocations of the ...
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mv with rsync functionality

I'm trying to merge two directory trees that have many common elements but also each have elements that are only present in one of the two trees. The main issue I am having is that when mv encounters ...
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find file read it and search for specific identifier

I'm trying to find out in what files some specific identifiers are being used. I know the file's name and know the identifier, therefore I use the following command to achieve my desired result: find ...
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Can find work more efficiently to delete a large number of old files?

I want to delete old files in a directory that has a huge number of files in multiple subdirectories. I am trying to use the following - after some googling it seems to be the recommended and ...
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grep contents of files based on a list of files

Running CentOS 6.5, qemu-kvm. I have a script which builds a list of running VM's. I want to pull information from those .xml files of only the VM's that are running. cat /dev/null > ...
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Getting the size of parent folders when using find to search for criteria?

I am hunting for a certain regular expression within the filenames and am seeking to return the parent folders with their sizes in a unique fashion. For example, here is the command that I expected ...
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shell script for auto-touching files

I have written a shell script to touch all the files in the /tmp directory. However, there was an error message saying that /bin/touch: Argument list too long. What's the cause of the problem? ...
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Find all symlinks to a directory and change target to another directory

I have a bunch of symlinks in /home to files and sub-directories in /foo. I want to target the new directory, /bar. My approach was to look at all invalid symlinks and verify that they were pointing ...
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sliding window of JPGs from thousands of files

My machine has a camera attached that can take thousands of jpgs a day. I am looking for a way of remotely looking at the last 30 to 60 mins of footage via a cloud storage site such as box.com. I ...
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Why does 'find -delete ' delete all files in a directory recursively

So the following behaviour of unix find just cost me dearly: > touch foo > touch bar > ls bar foo > find . -name '*oo' -delete > ls bar > touch baz > ls bar baz > find . ...
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rolling snapshot of pictures taken in the last half hour

I've taken this: find -maxdepth 1 -mtime +1 -type f -exec cp '{}' backup \; Which should copy all the regular files in the current directory more than 1 day old to the directory backup (assuming ...
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What command in bash to search for this string?

file.txt contains: aa=testing sss=whoiam bbb=findme What command do I use to search for testing and print it? Expected result: # you search testing
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How do I search files without certain extensions in their names?

I would like to search recursively in all the files and directories under a directory for some strings e.g. library. I also would like to exclude files and directories which store downloaded ...