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

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List of modified files of the past 24 hours

Is there a reliable way to have a system that mails me the list of files that were modified in the past 24 hours inside a set of directories? (like /home/*/public_html/* and /home/*/*domains/*)
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find -maxdepth 0 not returning me any output

I am trying to understand how to use find -maxdepth 0 option. I have the below directory structure. --> file1 --> parent --> child1 --> file1 ...
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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 ...
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Difference between ctime 1 and ctime +1 in find command

If I run the following command: find . -name "*.jar" -type f -ctime +1 I get no results back, whereas if i run: find . -name "*.jar" -type f -ctime 1 I get results.
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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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Search MP3/Ogg files by tags/parameters from the command line

Is there any utility to search MP3/Ogg files by tags (or other characteristics) from the command line? (e.g. finding all audio files longer than 10 minutes with genre set to 'Rock'). I found this, ...
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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: .: 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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Find files that were not installed by the package manager

I'd like to get a list of all files in my Gentoo Linux system that were not installed by the package manager (Portage). This is because I want to keep my system as clean as possible, removing all ...
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“find” output relative to directory

I'd like to use find to list all files and directories recursively in a given root for a cpio operation. However, I don't want the root directory itself to appear in the paths. For example, I ...
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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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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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How to integrate mv command after find command?

I am searching for files which name which contain AAA within their path using following command: find path_A -name "*AAA*" Given the output showed by the above command, I want to move those files ...
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Searching in many files

Is there some sophisticated technique to search strings in many files? I tried this basic technique for i in `find .`; do grep searched_string "$i"; done; It doesn't look much sophisticated and ...
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How to clean up file extensions?

I have a directories with .MP3 files which I'd like to change the extensions to .mp3. What's the easiest way to do this? I'm think something along the lines of: find /RootPath -type f -iname "*.mp3" ...
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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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list the timestamp of the files in “find” command

In bash, if I use $ find ./ -name "*.sqlite" , it will list all the sqlite files in current directory. I also want to see the modified time of the files, can anybody give me some help?
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what's the difference between using 'single quotes' or not in find command

find ~/ -name *test.txt find ~/ -name '*test.txt' Can anyone help me to construct an example where the first form fails but the second still works. And tell me the difference between them.Thanks!
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How to use find to remove *.py~ and *.pyc files at once?

I want to cleanup a directory (and subdirectories) from each occurrance of the .py and .pyc files. I tried the following find . -name '*pyc' -o -name '*py~' -exec rm -f {} \; which left out all pyc ...
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Script to remove spaces and lowercase in file names

I am trying to write a script that will replace spaces with "-" and make all letters lower case for all files in the current directory. for x in 'ls' do if [ ! -f $x ]; then ...
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find: list all directories except those with numbers in their names and their children

I am running the following to find all directories without a number in them (not including the original path): find /path/2/directory -type d -name '[!0-9]*' The problem is that it finds ...
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Pass xargs argument as a string to another command with '>'?

Suppose I have a bunch of files in /tmp/. I do find . -type f | xargs -iFILES And I want to do a md5sum in each file, outputting to a file with the same name, but with .md5 extension. find . ...
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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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Excluding . and .. from results in find and ls

Is there any way to prevent find and ls -l from listing . and .. in their results? I never care about seeing this result in the output, and it prevents me from effectively piping their output to wc -l ...
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Pipe find into grep -v

I'm trying to find all files that are of a certain type and do not contain a certain string. I am trying to go about it by piping find to grep -v example: find -type f -name '*.java' | xargs grep -v ...
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List symlinks in current directory?

This question talks about finding directories in a current diretory. The solution is basically: ls -d */ That's great but how can I easily list symlinks? Do I have to use something like find . ...
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Find images by size: find / file / awk

I've been trying to find png image files a certain height (over 500px). I know that file will return image dimensions. Example: $ file TestImg1a.png TestImg1a.png: PNG image data, 764 x 200, ...
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find command in cygwin giving parameter format not correct

I am using cygwin in my windows machine. I am trying to do a find and it is giving parameter format not correct. Why is that? $ ls bootstrap.jar catalina-tasks.xml catalina.bat catalina.sh ...
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Delete files specified by the output of find: rm thinks argument list is too long.

When I run the following command, it gives me an error: $ rm -f `find /home/domain/imap/domain.com/*/Maildir -mtime +190 | grep -E '/cur/|/new/'` -bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long How can I ...
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How store in a variable a file list that includes the backslash when needed?

Main question: I am writing a script to perform a backup. I make a list of files in the following way: LISTOFFILES=$(find ~ \( -name '*.[pP][dD][fF]' -o -name '*.[oO][dD][tT]' \)) The variable ...
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Find newest file. Multiple Filetype restrictions

I want to write a command that gives me the newest file in a directory recursively. But that's not my only limitation. The files has to be an mp3 or a jpg file. (case insensitive prefered) I only need ...
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Moving files with find + xargs: target is not a directory?

When I run the following command: > mkdir some_dir > find /foo/bar/ -name '*.csv' -print0 | xargs -0 mv {} some_dir I get hundreds of lines that say: mv: target `/foo/bar/XX.csv` is not a ...
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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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missing argument to find -exec [duplicate]

I want to remove certain files using find and -exec. But unlikely bash tells me, that I'm "missing" some argument. find . -name *.png -exec rm {} /; what do I miss? same "missing argument" return ...
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Find command: Searching for executable files

What type of parameter/flag can I use with the unix find command so that I search executables? (if this question is better suited for another stackexchange forum, I welcome you telling me so) p.s. ...
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Find files newer than 15 seconds but older than 2 seconds

I want to find files newer than 15 seconds but older than 2 seconds. Here is the script I'm currently using that grabs files newer than 15 seconds: find /my/directory -name '*.jpg' -not -newermt '-15 ...
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How does the order of arguments influence the speed of find

How does the order of arguments in a find call affect the speed of the results? Compare for example (A) find -name dir -type d and (B) find -type d -name dir Or any other of combinations of ...
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Show files from the last 2 days on a mounted ntfs system?

What's exactly the command to show files younger than 2 days? I thought about something like this: $ find / -mtime -2 ...but I'm not sure how to print the date of the found files. My target is to ...
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Colored FIND output?

Is it possible to get colored output from the find command? That is, in the path of each found item, directories are blue, executable scripts are green, et cetera? I'm using version 4.4.2 of GNU ...
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Remove all Vim undo files in all but one directory

I just realized that I have tons of Vim undo (.un~) files sprinkled around my file system. I'd like to delete all of these files except in one directory—~/.tmp. My first problem is that I can't seem ...
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Find recursively all archive files of diverse archive formats and search them for file name patterns

At best I would like to have a call like this: $searchtool /path/to/search/ -contained-file-name "*vacation*jpg" ... so that this tool does a recursive scan of the given path takes all files with ...
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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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Compress old log file into single zip-linux

I have a folder /home/testuser/log which contain log files of one day old *.log. I wish to compress all the log files older than one day to a single zip(gzip or tar.gz) and delete the older files. I ...
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What do the “features enabled” in GNU find mean?

When I use find --version with GNU find, I get something like this: find (GNU findutils) 4.5.9 [license text] Features enabled: D_TYPE O_NOFOLLOW(enabled) LEAF_OPTIMISATION FTS(FTS_CWDFD) ...
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find and rysnc?

I want to be able to search for files over 14 days and over 10k and than rsync those found files to a destination. Is there a way to combine these two commands? find ./ -mtime +14 -size +10k rsync ...
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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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Deleting lots of files

I accidentally created 8 million files and every time I'm trying to delete them the server almost dies because of the rm process eating all disk IO (the server is remote without console). Should ...
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How can I list files of which no symlinks exist?

I have a large "myfiles"directory full of miscellanous documents and do not want to modify its structure. I therefore created (several) other directories for each class of documents. For example I ...
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Exclude directories in locate search

A search with locate finds paths in the filesystem. Often, you know a priori you are interested in either files only, or directories only. A 'locate' search often returns many results. It would be ...
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find . -size -1GB in Centos

In Centos, I have a text file in my home directory. The command find . -size -1M doesn't show my file but find . -size -1000k does show it. This problem just seems to be happening when I use the ...