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

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Is this command safe to run from / as root

find . * -depth -print0 | xargs -0 rmdir It finds and removes all empty folders (including hidden ones) recursively. I only tired it on my home folder and a pendrive in Linux PC and it worked but I ...
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Attachments are missing when multiple files are attached in mail

I have written one script to get multiple attachments through mail. My script is for file in `find $dir -ctime -2 -type f -name "Sum*pdf*"` do echo "$file" filename=`basename $file` echo $filename ...
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How to get find -exec to call a shell script?

Taking from the last answer (by im3r3k) here: How do I recursively shred an entire directory tree? I'm trying to get the find command to call a shell script as described. So far I've tried: find ...
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How to ignore -ls errors in find

I'm writing a find command to look for files or folders with broken permissions (files should be rw, directories rwx) and trying to ls -l (give or take) the results. The following find command looks ...
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Sort the output of find -exec ls

Is it possible to the output of find … -exec ls -ls ; sorted alpabetically, by filename? This is my cron command: find /home/setefgge/public_html -type f -ctime -1 -exec ls -ls {} \; This command ...
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Remove files and directories even if not empty, except some directories

I am trying to remove all contents of a directory with some exclusions. I'm currently using this: find . -type f | grep -vZf ../../exclude.file | xargs rm -rf The exclude.file contains: *log* ...
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Finding all large files in the root filesystem

I have a linux server, which currently has below space usage: /dev/sda3 20G 15G 4.2G 78% / /dev/sda6 68G 42G 23G 65% /u01 /dev/sda2 30G 7.4G 21G ...
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Storage Formats for Flat File DB

Currently I use a flat file database with find -type f -ls to store information for about 400GB of files. I'd like to store also the md5sum/sha[1|256]sum of the files. Because the files are often ...
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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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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 -exec doesn't do what find output suggests [duplicate]

If I do this find: find ${TRIADS_DIR}/*.dc.results -path "*amblock/stats.*HEAD" -o -path "*amblock/stats.*BRIK" then I get what I expect in STDOUT: ...
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Find if the file is compressed or not

I need to find whether the file is compressed or not in script.If it is compressed I need to uncompress and send as attachement. My find command results in two files sum12.pdf.Z and sum23.pdf.Z My ...
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Output multiple strings out of multiple files

Hi my current code is: find /home/user/logfilesError/ -maxdepth 1 -type f -name "gBatch_*"\ -daystart -mtime -1 -exec grep -rl "ERROR" "{}" + | xargs -l basename if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then ...
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Extract file name from find command

I am trying to extract the file name and attaching to mail. But when I send mail the attachment is coming with path name and file name. Ex: dir=/home/as123/bill and filename=abc.pdf.Z and I am ...
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Why can't I chmod these files that I could earlier?

I was trying to add execute permissions to sh files in a folder. For that I mistakenly used: find . -print0 -iname '*.sh' | xargs -0 chmod -v 744 and the output was : mode of `.' changed from 0755 ...
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Can “find” command preserve access-time

I'm running the following command which is supposed to find specific directories according to their Access-Time metadata detail however for some reason the find command changes the access time of ...
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Why do these 2 find commands give differnt results?

I wanted to see all files modified within the last 10 days and who owned them, so i entered the following to give me an idea how many results would be returned; find . -maxdepth 1 -mtime -10 I then ...
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fastest way to grep jar file for a particular name in it?

I am trying to find all the jars which has spring in its name. I am working with windows and using cygwin to run the linux commands. Does my below command looks right? find . -name "*.jar" -exec jar ...
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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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zsh's “echo SomeText >> **/filename” in other shells

I need to fill all files with a specific filename (recursively) with a text. In zsh this can be done with echo SomeText > **/TheFileName I search generic solutions for sh-compatible and/or tcsh ...
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Use find to find certain directory and delete all files in it except one directory

I'm having the following problem. I have a directory structure and want to delete everything that is within a directory named Caches. Everything should be delete except all directories named ...
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“find: .: No such file or directory” while using find on the current directory

Find command seems not to work at all. For example, I'm in a directory where there absolutely is file named index.php and I execute this: [root@server htdocs]# find . -name "index.php" find: .: No ...
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Generate multiple symbolic links with maitaining directory structure

I want to generate symbolic links from multiple folders with maintaining the directory structure. I read a few answers and the best thing i can come up with now is: find ...
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-exec isn't being passed all the files found by find [duplicate]

There are two files called install.log and install.sh The find command will find both of these and pass them to -exec ls With the addition of an or (-o), it only passes one argument to -exec ls ...
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How to output the lines of a file after find and a grep?

Hello I want to output ERROR messages from logfiles from the current date. First I search for the logs of today with specific prefix: find /home/USER/logfilesError/ -maxdepth 1 -type f -name "xy_*" ...
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How can I search filenames which are starting with xy_* and are created/edited today?

Hello I´m currently trying to search for logfiles which are starting with xy_Number and are created/edited today(not last 24 hrs). I tried: find /home/USER/logfilesError/ -maxdepth 1 -type f ...
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break out of find if an -exec fails

Is there a way to write an find so that it breaks if one of the -exec operations fails on a file? E.g. (javac is conveniently used as a program that can return an exit code of 1 on some files and for ...
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Copy files and directory tree for filesize in specified range

Hi I would like to make a small script copying files from different directories example /pp/01 /pp/02/ etc... to another destination with the same directory design. But only those files within the ...
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How to locate a file in a directory

How can I locate a file using locate in CentOS under a specific directory from terminal? Locate search the whole database!
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How to search for files with immutable attribute set?

For config auditing reasons, I want to be able to search my ext3 filesystem for files which have the immutable attribute set (via chattr +i). I can't find any options for find or similar that do ...
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better use of find - rvm.sh

I am trying to find rvm.sh as I am receiving the infamous rvm is not a function error. The file in most linuxes is supposed to be at /etc/profile.d/rvm.sh However on opensuse it is not there so I ...
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Blank lines when executing “grep | xargs” in a “find -exec”

I'm trying to list all directories of a web server that are blocked by Apache via a .htaccess (containing deny from all). I've managed to get the list of blocking .htaccess but when I try to extract ...
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'is a directory' error when trying to pass directory name into function

Note: I am a newbie to bash scripting In my bash script, I use find to get the folder names by wildcard: for i in $(find ${directory} -mindepth 1 -type d -name ${wildcard}); do stuff=doStuff ${i} ...
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Recursive grep vs find / -type f -exec grep {} \; Which is more efficient/faster?

Which is more efficient for finding which files in an entire filesystem contain a string: recursive grep or find with grep in an exec statement? I assume find would be more efficient because you can ...
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diff -r only for certain file types

Is there a way I can perform a recursive diff of two directories but only compare (in their respective places) files that match a specific filename or filetype predicate? E.g. I would like to do ...
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Deleting user directories with . in name

I have directories with usernames as "firstname.lastname" and firstname.middle.lastname in one directory. Is there a way to delete directories with "." in name under current directory. I need to run ...
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Using a zsh function in find?

I'm on OS X and have defined a function called finderpackage that tries to determine if a folder is in fact a "package" (also, somewhat erroneously, known as a "bundle") according to the Finder. My ...
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Why below script is not able to find and delete files [closed]

Why below find command does not find and delete files ? I am launching it like this ./script.sh 1 MYFOLDER days_period=$1 myuser=$(whoami) folder_prefix=$2 LOGS_DIR=~/$folder_prefix/logs if [ $# ...
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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 find text in files and only keep the respective matching lines using the terminal on OS X?

I am pretty new to the terminal and command lines, from what I have found out grep seems to be the right tool for search files for specific text strings. I have a folder with many huge text files and ...
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find action not working for specific search [duplicate]

I'm trying to use the find command to list the size of a certain set of files but am getting no output. The command I use is: find POD -type f -name *.mp3 -or -name *.ogg -ls Which produces no ...
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Bash script for automatic tar backup of chosen files and directories

Within a given directory in linux environment, I need to pick all files modified after a certain date (let's say 7 days) as well as all directories (only in root directory, hence non recursively) ...
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find 2 files with similar names and move them to a new location

I have a system with a watch folder where people/companies can upload new files via FTP or SMB. In this watch folder They should ALWAYS upload 2 files: 1 media file with a prefix name of ABC*.mxf and ...
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find command throws errors when inside function

I can run the following command in bash without any errors: $ find /d/Code/Web/Development/Source/ \( -name '*.cs' -o -name '*.cshtml' \) -exec grep -IH UserProfileModel {} \; I wrote a function in ...
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find: missing argument to -exec

I'm trying to run the following command: find a/folder b/folder -name *.c -o -name *.h -exec grep -I foobar '{}' + This is returning an error: find: missing argument to -exec I can't see what's ...
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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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find subdirectories with lowest number

I am trying to list all subdirectories with the lowest number. For example, for the following list: /100/2001 /100/2003 /101/2001 /101/2004 /102/2000 /102/2003 /102/2005 I am ...
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Trying to pass user generated variable to an external command

I have a bash script that is asking a user for input, then passes that variable to a find command. I've tried quoting/escaping the variable every way I know, but it keeps failing. read -p "Please ...
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Output of command when piped to another command

I am running a command which does a quick checksum of some file like so find / -type f -ctime +30 -mtime +30 -atime +30 -exec md5sum {} \; | xargs -P 4 and I am trying to run it in parallel with ...
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Delete all files in a directory whose name do not match a line in a file list

I have a directory with 1000+ files. In a text file, I have about 50 filenames, one per line. I'd like to delete all the files in the directory whose filenames don't correspond with an entry on the ...