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

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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 ...
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How can find support large files?

I would like to find all the files of my system, which sizes are more than a couple gigabits. I thought I would use find -size, but the man page states: The size does not count indirect blocks ...
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How does one find and replace text with geany in all files in a directory?

I see this discussion: How does one find and replace text in all open files with geany? I want to find and replace all files in a directory. The method suggested in the answer, is very good to find. ...
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The find command: the options '-mindepth' conflicts with the action '-prune'

If the file structure is like this: /a/p/c/d... /c/a/c/g/f/... /a/c/d/e/... ... And I want to do this: find -mindepth 3 -type d -name p -prune -or -name c -print However, this command will not ...
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How to keep track of which files are currently growing in directory

I have a local filesystem which is exported rw with nfs (very big xfs partition). Somewhere (I cannot determine who or what remote process) files are being written, created new or updated appending ...
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Excluding a specific directory using a recursive 'ls'

I've been using the following command to list the most recently updated files (recursively) within a specific directory and order by modification time: $ stat --printf="%y %n\n" $(ls -tr $(find * -...
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Using Shell Commands to Manipulate File Paths for Use as Arguments to Another Program

I can use find like this to find a list of files: find -type f -path "./src*" -name "*.php"` For example: ./src/Superuseradmin/Model/Mapper/UUID.php ./src/Superuseradmin/Model/Mapper/Mapper.php ...
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Unable to concatenate files with find ./subdir/* -print0 | sort | xargs -0 cat > merge.txt

I am trying to concatenate thousands of files that result from processing the pieces output by split with find ./subdir/* -print0 | sort | xargs -0 cat > full_merge.txt The files under subdir ...
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Sort files by modification time

I've seen many questions and answers here using a construction along the lines of list_dir=`ls -t /path/to/dir/` for i in $list_dir; do or ls -t | while read i; do Now, I know that you shouldn't ...
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find utility does not recognize bracket notation

I've two files in the current folder: submitWeb.m submit.m the following find does not show the two files: find . -regex .*submit\(Web\)?\.m But the above regex expression works fine in ...
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List all files in a directory recursively but exclude directories themselves

Simple question, I'm running the following find command: find . -type d \( -path ./.git -o \ -path ./log -o \ -path ./public -o \ -path ./...
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Variable scope in multiple pipes

I was trying to do something following, find . -name "*.dat" | get the basename of file | move filename returned by first command to basename returned by second command To give a concrete example, ...
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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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Concatenating thousands of files: > vs >>

I found two seemingly contradictory answers on StackOverflow to the following questions: Concatenating Thousands of Text Files Across Hundreds of Directories (while keeping some structure) How do I ...
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Setting file permissions in bash script

This script is not working the way I thought it would .I though it would find all the scripts that have every one rwx permissions changed to the permissions of xx5 #!/bin/bash # the / makes find ...
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How to find files with a certain subpath?

I need to find all xml-files that are placed in folders named config. Also config must be somewhere under a folder named trunk. For example, I am interested in all files like below: ~/projects/e7/...
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Print filename and execute a command on each result of find

I am trying to apply two command (echo and haml --check) to result of my find. haml --check `find . -name "*.haml"` # return Syntax error on line 2: Illegal nesting: nesting within plain text is ...
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How do I redirect output from the find command (that uses grep) to a log file?

Consider the code to search for all files containing the pattern "search string": bash-3.2$ # The below find works fine.. bash-3.2$ find . -type f -exec grep -il "search string" {} \; bash-3.2$ # But ...
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Exclude all subdirectories except one specific path in a find command

I use a find command to search for all files with a given extension within the current subdirectories ignoring certain directory path: find -L . \( -wholename "*/ignoredPath" -o -wholename "*/...
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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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How to do `head` and `tail` on null-delimited input in bash?

find command can output names of files as a null-delimited strings (if -print0 is provided), and xargs can consume them with -0 option turned on. But in between, it's hard to manipulate that ...
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Why don't find and locate search /bin?

What gives? Normal find and locate commands don't turn up the verify program that lives at /bin/verify. In fact, it seems they don't turn up anything that lives in /bin [jake@jace]/bin% "find" /bin/ -...
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find is missing a result — how is that possible?

What conditions explain this output: root@ip:/# find / -name "server.xml" -print /etc/tomcat7/server.xml root@ip:/# ls /var/lib/tomcat7/conf/server.xml /var/lib/tomcat7/conf/server.xml I am ...
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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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chmod allowing write when I am not setting it

I've got a perl script which systematically changes permissions. The first thing the script does is remove all permissions. It does this by calling chmod(from perl). I did this as I found the set guid ...
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file mass deletion

I would like to delete all the txt, xls,pdf files in a directory as well as its sub directories. I would like to save everything else. find . -type f ! -iname '*.xml$,.png$,.jpeg$,.gif$,' -delete ...
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Find command incorrect results with days filter

I am trying to find all files modified before march 6 in a directory with thousands of files. I executed the following commands in the PWD where I want to find files. find -mtime +47 > /root/...
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How to move the files based on Year

I need to move files based on a year. I used the find command find /media/WD/backup/osool/olddata/ -mtime +470 -exec ls -lrth {} \;|sort -k6 but for this command to successfully execute i need to ...
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Execute multiple bash commands on the output of find

I want to execute some commands using the find -exec option, but I'm not sure what' wrong with this code. Currently, it's only processing the first find result, then getting stuck. I'm using bash in ...
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Delete n minutes old file in solaris

Can some one please tell me how to delete n minutes old files in Solaris? My find does not -mmin option.
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find . .[^.]* -type f -print0 | xargs -0 sudo chmod 664; does not work

I am using this command to set permissions for files recursively clime@vm6879 /srv/www-php/steeltrading $ find . .[^.]* -type f -print0 | xargs -0 sudo chmod 664 But after executing that command ...
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Use find result without ./

I'm trying to use find to create a bunch of symlinks but using the result with {} includes ./ before each filename. How can I avoid that? find . -type l -name '*.h' -exec ln -s /sourcedir/{} /...
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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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remove duplicate files

On my Mac OS X 10.6.7, iTunes duplicated every single file in my music library. Now I have 3,840 files instead of 1,920. The problem is that iTunes didn't simply duplicate the whole folder, but each ...