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

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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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find usage with -L

I have link -> file I do find -L . -name 'link' And get ./link Why is that? man find says: -L : Follow symbolic links. When find examines or prints information about files, ...
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Converting `for file in` to `find` so that my script can apply recursively

I've been working on my first bash script for some time now (I just started UNIX this week). I have this idea of running a bash script to check some conditions and using ffmpeg to convert all the ...
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Find the last occurence of a string in a given filetype in all subdirectories

I have multiple sub-directories each with different depths. I need to search for the last occurrence of a string in a specific file type (say *.out). How can I accomplish this? I have tried: grep -r ...
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Find files in directory with paired names

I'm running tests of a variable-size-and-contents test set. Data files are added and removed frequently. I'm looking for an automated way of gathering a file list. All files are in subdirectories of ...
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Find and regex

What am I doing wrong with this find expression? ; touch ook ooks ; find . -name 'ook' -or -name 'ooks' -type f ./ook ./ooks ; find . -name 'ook[s]?' -type f [returns nothing] ; echo $? 0
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Open file found with 'find' command

This is probably an easy one, but I can't figure it out and it's pretty much not searchable. In a folder hierarchy I have exactly one file of type xyz. I want to find that file and open it with a ...
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Why is bash completion of a symlink different than a directory?

I usually do a find with an environment variable as the path when searching for source code. Recently I replaced my environment variable with a symbolic link, and it broke Bash's shell completion. ...
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How can I exclude all “permission denied” messages from “find” in Solaris

Hi previous questions on this topic contain answers for Linux but does not work for Solaris 10. find . ! -readable -prune Does not work in solaris since -readable is not POSIX. What is the POSIX ...
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rm not deleting file, thinks its a directory

I have a hard drive with windows loaded on it hooked up to my Linux machine for backing up some of the information. I want to delete one of the 'temporary internet files' folders and it deleted all ...
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GNU Find this but not that and do Sed?

Code find /tmp/ -type f \ \( -name "*.h" \) -o \( -name "*.cpp" \) -o \ \( \! -name "*.bak" \) -exec \ sed -i ...
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find the single largest file

We host a share of size 4 TB. How efficient is it to find a file with highest size. Usually we use: du -ak | sort -k1 -bn | tail -1 and it is not easy to scan through a share of such huge size and ...
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How to search and replace strings matching a replacement list for multiple files

I have a file, say map.txt, containing a list of search strings and corresponding replacements: search -> replacement bigBone -> bb fishMarket -> fm dogCollar -> dc ... I need to ...
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Create Zip for each subfolder but containing only matched files

I am trying to figure out how to create a zip file for each subfolder containing only files that match my criteria. For instance I have: Folder1 Folder2 Folder3 Each folder contains the same set ...
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Why is `find -name *.jks` not returning some files? [duplicate]

find . -name *.jks -print 2>/dev/null returns files of extension jks that do not have underscores as part of their name. Much to my surprise, I have just discovered that * does NOT substitute ...
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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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Select greatest numbered filename

Simple requirement but can't find anything online which can achieve it. I have a list of dated files as below... filename_20120101.dat filename_20120102.dat filename_20120103.dat I ...
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Checking if a file exists in several directories

I've been working on this far too long and need some help. I need a script that will look at files in a directory and see if it exists in one of several directories. I need something like this: for ...
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Execute on the basename of a find command

Suppose I have a directory structure as follows test test/a test/b Now I want to execute a command, such that in the . folder I can execute a command on the basename of the files a and b. So ...
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Using find to list all files under certain directory

I'm trying to use a single line command that will find every directory (or sub-directory) named bin and will then print a list of all the files under it, but will not also list the directory names ...
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Find files that have a confirmed duplicate in same directory recursively

Say I have the following directory structure: root |-- dirA |-- file.jpg |-- file-001.jpg <-- dup |-- file2.jpg |-- file3.jpg |-- dirB |-- fileA.jpg |-- ...
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can regex capture groups be used in GNU find command?

With the GNU find command (GNU findutils 4.4.2), a regular expression can be used to search for files. For example: $ find pool -regextype posix-extended -regex ...
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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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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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Use a parameter in a command argument

I run a find command to search files with a name containing perl: find /tmp -name '*perl*' /tmp/perl.pl /tmp/run-perl-stage.pl But when I set the perl name in a variable PARAMETER and run the find ...
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find all cpp files and list only those files with names that match a pattern (regex) does not work

I have a whole repository of files and I am trying to get a list of files that match a certain criteria. For example, let us say that I want to take all the files that have the string foo1 and ...
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Can I use Zsh's built-in wildcard matching to replace the use of `find` here?

This is a follow-up to another question I posted I use a script to automatically rename files according to a particular order: #!/usr/bin/env zsh pages=($(sed -n '/page_order/,/^$/ p' _config.yml | ...
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POSIX-compliant recursive grep with no errors for inaccessible directories

What script would allow me to grep a keyword and print the filename containing the keyword inside the file content, for example 'Carhart' inside all .sas files in all subdirectories? I tried something ...
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Does change of a file in a directory not change the time of the directory?

I want to find a file which I created recently, but I don't remember anything and can only guess it is under a directory indirectly with any possible depth. I inspected the times of all the ...
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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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Using exec in find over ssh from shell script

So, I am attempting to execute the following from within a shell script; ssh -q $CUR_HOST "cd $LOGS_DIR; echo cd $LOGS_DIR; find . -name *.log -mmin +1440 -exec gzip {} \; exit" When this runs, it ...
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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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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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Speeding a find rm command with test through parallelization

I want to recursively delete all files in directories and subdirectories with number of lines less than 10, and am currently using the following command find . -type f -name "*.txt" | while read; do ...
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Syntax error in a bash script that calls find

Where is the error in this script please: #!/bin/bash rep="git" files=`find' ${rep} '-type f` for f in ${files} do echo $f done When i run find git -type f alone in the shell, it works!
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Error creating an alias for the find command [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to pass parameter to alias? I am trying to shorten the find command, but getting an error: $ alias f='find . -name $1 -print' $ f JobConf.java find: paths must ...
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Find all [filename].mp4 and rename [filename].audio [duplicate]

So I have a script that adds 2 films together using the audio from the $1.audio file. What I would like to do is rename any file in the directory with: *.mp4 To: *.audio Keeping original file ...
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Excluding a folder from deleting empty files with find

I usually delete empty files and folders in my home directory with find using the following command: find /home/tjuh -empty -delete However I would like to exlcude one folder, namely ...
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Further questions about -path for find

From http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/81379/674 -path does not (re)define the start path. It refers to the combination of the start path and the relative path of the currently examined object. ...
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Error trying to call find from perl

use warnings; use File::Find; my $srceDir = "//mnt/Share_Drive/Verizon PM&T/Capture Files/"; opendir(DIR, $srceDir) or die "Can't open $srceDir: $!"; my @files = (find -type f -newermt "12 Feb ...
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What is the difference when using FIND between -name and -iname

Well the question says it all, I have seen both find -name and find -iname used all over the place without a discernible pattern. Could somebody explain the differences, perhaps with an ...