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

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How to find files containing two strings in different lines

A real example is: I have a Python file util.py, and I changed one of the function name from foo to bar. There might be other files using foo as function name and they are irrelevant. I want to ...
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How to prepend a particular text file contents to every text file in a directory and its subdirectories?

I hate to clutter my source code files with licensing/attribution comments but some times it is a requirement. So having dozens of source code files (organized in a tree of subdirectories) written I ...
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Find “.git” dirs but ignore some paths; or how does `find -not` work

I cant figure out how the find -not works. Let's say that I would like to locate all .git dirs in the tree. find -type d -iname .git No problems, but then let's say that I have some dirs that I ...
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Find last edited date of file (strange exec behaviour)

I am trying to get the last modified dates of all the word documents in all the directories below this one $ pwd /run/user/1000/gvfs/smb-share:server=myServer,share=myResources If I do a regular ...
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Find + Grep Recursive Search

I am mirroring a website using wget. On the server, there is a dump of the find / command, which includes filenames in the form : /dir1/ /dir1/page1.txt /dir1/page2.txt ... The mirrorring is very ...
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How to display “human-readable” file sizes in find results?

I'm trying to find all large files on my Centos server. To do that I'm using: find / -maxdepth 10 -size +100000 -ls I tried changing -ls to -lsh but it is not allowed. How can I display these ...
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`tar` with `find` with removing original file extension

I want to create tb2 files from bunch of text files like this. tar cfj $(basename ./2014_04_09.txt .txt).tb2 $(basename ./2014_04_09.txt) With this command I can create a archive file 2014_04_09.tb2 ...
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Find font file from font name on Linux

I have a font with the name Media Gothic. How can I find the file name of that font in Linux? I need to copy that file to another system. I've tried: find /usr/share/fonts/ -name '*media*' But this ...
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Why is my find not recursive?

I am running the following command, but it is not performed recursively: find . -name *.java I know there are java files further down in the current directory but it is performing the find on the ...
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Find the top 50 directories containing the most files/directories in their first level?

How can I use find to generate a list of directories which contain the most numbers of files. I'd like the list to be from highest to lowest. I'd only like the listing to go 1 level deep, and I'd ...
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Detecting extension files doesn't executed for a period

How can I detect the .class files in my workspace which haven't executed for a certain period, and remove them?
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Sort the files in the directory recursively based on last modified date

Sort the files in the directory recursively based on last modified date I have modified a lot of files in my directory want to know what are those files by sorting them by the last modified date ...
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Count result in a find/exec statement

I have some Perl files which I have to modify through a simple sed call. Basically, I have to remove the first line of all of them. Currently, I managed to do this : find <PATH> -type f -name ...
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echo keywords found

I'm trying to figure out which keywords are being found for [each] file in the script below. I tried adding echo $keywords and it just outputs every keyword. Code: keywords=("Alachua" "ALACHUA" ...
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Delete subfolder and keeping up parent folder

I need to delete folderx which are not accessed for seven days, easily I can do it with next: find /path/folder -type d -mtime +7 |xargs rm -rf The probelm is when I have subfolder marked for ...
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Find all files that have been last modified on a specific day - like Monday?

So I want to use find to return a list of all .html files in a given directory that have been last modified on a Monday. How can I do this?
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Find command returns wrong files

I'm trying to find files in a folder using find command which are a day older than the day on which the command is run.. I use the following command: FILES_dcn=($(find $dir_dcn -maxdepth 1 -type f ...
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Delete files with same name at the end of the file

Delete files with same name at the end of the file i have a lot of files in my folder and sub directories like ajax_hostel_room_master.php.php class_hostel_registration.php.php ...
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Symlink all subdirectories in a directory to another directory

I'm trying to symlink every directory in a folder to another folder. For example, in the structure below, I need the subfolders symlinked to folder2. - /home/chris/folder1 -- subfolder1 -- subfolder2 ...
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How to only zip the files of a specific user?

I like zip, it's simple, but recently I came with the need of only zipping the file owned by one user in a directory. I read the manual and I can't find any option to for example do things like: ...
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Expected behavior of `find -depth` if execute permission denied for subdirectory?

I'd like to know if I can rely on the behavior I am seeing when using find with -depth option and user does not have execute permission for a subdirectory. Assume the following directory structure: ...
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find -exec exit 1 \; Doesn't work neither does find -exec sh -c exit 1 \;

Using Enterprise Linux 5/6, Bash 4.x I want this type of logic: # IF temp file exists, exit because we are restarting already find /tmp/restarting_server -mmin -10 -exec exit 1 lsof -i TCP:1234 ...
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Find a file when you know its checksum?

I have the md5sum of a file and I don't know where it is on my system. Is there any easy option of find to identify a file based on its md5? Or do I need to develop a small script ? I'm working on ...
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Search for specified keywords in files and copy to a new filename based on the keyword

I'm trying to create an .sh script where if any keyword is found in a file then copy that file to the directory /pathtofolder/keywords/$thefirstkeywordfound (overwrite the file if it already exists). ...
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Why can't find -regex match a newline?

Why does this fail? touch "$(printf "a\nb")"; find . -regex './.\n.' I also tried these, none of which work: find . -regextype posix-extended -regex '.\n.' find . -regextype posix-awk -regex ...
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How to find files that contain newline in filename?

I am trying to find files that have a newline in the filename. But I can't figure out what pattern to use. The following works, but is not very useful if I want to use it in indented code. find . ...
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Use basename to parse a list of paths held in a file

I'm running Mac OSX and trying to use the command line to find the number of files I have with the same name. I tried to use the following command: find ~ -type f -name "*" -print | basename | sort ...
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Why “ls” doesnt show the file that “find” discovered ?

(New to unix) In ubuntu When I am up in "/" folder i type sudo find . -name .erlang.cookie and the result is ./var/lib/rabbitmq/.erlang.cookie then when I am on the folder - /var/lib/rabbitmq ...
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copy files modified after specific date using cp switches

When I execute the command find . -mtime -60 I get the list of files modified within the last 60 days. So when I execute find . -mtime -60 -exec cp {} /tmp/1 \; I can copy these files to a new ...
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Search for files by content only in trunk subdirectories

I think its a simple question, but the answer is probably a little more complicated :P Edit: Actually, its not complicated at all!^^ So I have a directory with multiple svn projects and I would like ...
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Emacs temp dot hash file don't exist

I use find | xargs grep a lot when working on large source code and when I didn't save a file in Emacs it creates .#SomeFile and grep give error that there's not such file (I'm not including because ...
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How to get directories and and subdirectories count fastest way?

I want to get the number of directories and sub directories.I tried following command which takes very long time . I tried waiting about an hour to finish the command. commands I used $ find . -type ...
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parsing file from ls -laLR

ls -laLR /home/tools > all_site1.txt I need the state of all folders and files in subfolders of /home/tools. With this command I put all in this file. What I need now is a solution how to parse ...
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Delete files and directories by their names. No such file or directory

I need to delete all compiled data: directories called build, directories called obj, *.so files. I wrote a command find \( -name build -o -name obj -o -name *.so \) -exec rm -rf {} \; that ...
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Two find commands comparison

Recently I received this find one-liner, but I'm not able to explain where the difference of the below two comes from: Example 1 [root@centos share]# find . -exec grep -i "madis" {} /dev/null \; ...
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How to find Emacs backup files?

Emacs backup files start with .# but I can find those in my directory. I've try: find . -name '^\.#.*' or find . -name '.*#.*' and they are not show up, and I have them. For instance if I create ...
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Lynx incremental search

I am trying to run an incremental search using lynx. Imagine a page, for example, an index_of page which contains several folders which also contain other subfolders and files. I want to run lynx in ...
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Using 'find' to create text file, and later deleting files listed

I'm trying to use find to create a text file with the result. And then later be able to delete files, based on that list. I'm using find /volume1/video/ -iname "sample" to give me the results. How do ...
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Finding all kinds of extensions referenced in a html file

Here is my problem statement : There is a folder with many html and text files. I need to recursively go through each one of them and find all kinds of file extensions referenced in these html/text ...
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How to find a file in Linux with its path?

I am trying to find settings.xml file in my Ubuntu machine. I have no clue where it is, and which directory it is in. I tried using this - ls -R | grep settings.xml But it doesn't show me the ...
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Handling files with whitespace in their names

I have a lot of files that I need to sift through, specifically grep for certain keywords IN THE FILE, not he FILENAME. I have some 300+ files on a filesystem (so the files are within multiple ...
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Which command to use to find all files/folders with non-default permissions?

Suppose I have a folder, containing other files and folders, and I'd like to find out recursively which subfiles and subfolders have non-default permissions (i.e., not 644 or 755). Which command can ...
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Finding all .cpp and .h files and moving them to ~/junk

I created a folder on my home directory call junk, and let's say I want to move all .cpp and .h files to it. How would I do it? My first thought is to start with find ~ -name *.cpp -print, but I don't ...
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Find files on disk that match a really long text list of files

I have a list of tens of thousands of file names. I want to find which of those files actually exist on disk (in a particular directory). I'm not sure how to start. I could try it with either Python ...
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How to use the pipe command to open a directory after find?

Is there a way to opend found directories (via find) all in one command? One of the things I tried to study several times and never been able to really get, is the effective use of pipe: is it maybe ...
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-not -name does not work with find

I am trying to use find/grep to find some text patterns in my code base. I want to exclude non-source directories into which my build process duplicates source files: find . -name *.java -not -name ...
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find/grep outputs two lines for each file it finds match

I search my code base to find string patterns and list all the files where the pattern is found but only the file and not the lines on which it is found: find . -name *.java -exec grep -l 'someText' ...
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In Linux Fedora, How can I select files to move by time interval

How can I select and move files that were written in a specified time interval, such as 1530 to 1730 local time on a recent date? Background: I use Linux Fedora 12, and I have made my first, and long ...
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Basename gives extra operand error

I 'm using the following script to merge few pcap files into one using mergecap command. But when I run it it gives me a 'basename: extra operand /mnt/md0/capture/DCN/dcn_2014_02_04_00_11_47_598.pcap' ...
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Using find command to find folder ignoring case

I would like to know if a particular folder is present or not. I used the following command find /mnt/md0/ -maxdepth 1 -name 'dcn'||'DCN' I want to know if folder name is DCN or dcn . How would I ...