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

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Append line to many files

I want to add some text to over 200,000 files I am trying this find . -name *.txt -print | xargs -I % echo "hello world" >> % But nothing is happening. When i run find . -name *.txt it work ...
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Why 2 linux machine behave differently with command of the same syntax?

I am using 2 machine , which is both Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS release 3 (Taroon Update 2) ( I check it in /etc/*-release ). I checked they are using the same default shell by ps -p $$, which is ...
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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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What is the most efficient way to move a large number of files that reside in a single directory?

CentOS 5.x I apologize if this is a repeat question. I've seen a lot of similar questions (regarding deleting files) but not exactly the same scenario. I have a directory containing hundreds 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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How to find files in subdirs and sort them by filename in a single command?

Result of a normal find using find . ! -path "./build*" -name "*.txt": ./tool/001-sub.txt ./tool/000-main.txt ./zo/001-int.txt ./zo/id/002-and.txt ./as/002-mod.txt and when sorted with sort -n: ...
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Finding files on a Unix server and sorting by size

I have a web server where I have run out of space and it's causing issues with the WordPress sites I am running on them. I know that I have a lot of large .png files (the fact that it's PNG is a ...
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How do I perform an action on all files with a specific extension in subfolders in an elegant way?

My current best bet is: for i in $(find . -name *.jpg); do echo $i; done Problem: does not handle spaces in filenames. Note: I would also love a graphical way of doing this, such as the "tree" ...
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Remove numbers from filenames

I've a problem modifying the files' names in my Music/ directory. I have a list of names like these: $ ls 01 American Idiot.mp3 01 Articolo 31 - Domani Smetto.mp3 01 Bohemian rapsody.mp3 01 Eye of ...
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How to list ALL directories according to their size? [without including the parent directory]

I have a bunch of random folders, some of them are hidden (beginning with a period). I want to list all of them, sorted by their sizes. I have something on the lines of this in mind: ls -d -1 -a */ ...
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How to quote arguments with xargs

Suppose that I want to delete all files in a folder that are greater than 1 MB. $ find . -size +1M | xargs -0 rm This will not delete files that have space in their names. So I want it to quote all ...
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Linux splitting array into separate variables

I've been programming on MVS for years and recently have been using Linux so my Linux skills are not that great yet but I understand development concepts well. What I'm trying to do is to read a ...
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How to find first match in multiple files

Is there a way for the find command to search for the first match or occurrence of a string or pattern within each of multiple files? I've been using the usual syntax: find dir -iname '*.ext' -exec ...
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issue with find -exec cp

Consider this example (newbie alert): touch test0 touch timestamp touch test1 sudo find /var/www/import -iname 'test*' -newer timestamp -exec cp {} new \; It actually copies file test1, but it ...
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Is there a way to find files containing only non-printing characters?

I've got a program that's behaving badly and has created a number of files with only a few non-printing characters. If I were to cat the files, I see nothing (since they are non-printing chars). ...
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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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How search for a file beginning with either a or z and ending with a or z?

I attempted find -name 'a*' 'z*' '*a' '*z' but it gave me the error code find: paths must precede expression: z* I know how to find files starting with a though z, or ending with a-z, but not ...
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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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Why piping find and grep returns nothing?

I'm trying to have grep search inside specified files that are returned by find: find . -type d -name 'mydir*' -exec find '{}' -name '*.java' \; | grep 'MyClass' This doesn't work. Meanwhile, ...
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Why does this awk command not play as well with find as sed does?

I am very much a newbie at Unix/Linux command line stuff, and mostly get to where I'm going by copying, pasting, and modifying code I find on the internet. Just mentioning that in hopes people will ...
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Why does find:s -or fail when I add a -print0 at the end?

I am writing a little script the modifies some movies in a directory tree, and I would like to parse that tree with a bash for loop or similar. So I started to find the files with find -iname ...
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Clone directory tree structure and copy files to the corresponding directories modified after a specific date

I have a folder with more than 30 sub directories and I want to get the list of the files which was modified after a specified date(say sep 8 which is the real case) and to be copied with the same ...
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Why does 'find -delete ' delete all files in a directory recursively

So the following behaviour of unix find just cost me dearly: > touch foo > touch bar > ls bar foo > find . -name '*oo' -delete > ls bar > touch baz > ls bar baz > find . ...
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Find file names that don't contain a specified string

I'd like to execute the opposite of: find . -name "*2013*" Find all the files in the current directory that don't contain the string "2013" in their names. How can I do that?
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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 ...
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Deleting files by age

Is there a command to delete all the files in a directory that haven't been modified in N days? I need to clean up some old logs.
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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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find & sed (search and replace)

I'm using the following command on my mac: $find . -name “*.java” -exec sed -i ’s/foo/bar/g’ {} \; and it seems to have no effect. I have two files in the directory that end in .java, which both ...
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find a file within a tar.gz archive

Is it possible to use the find command so that it searches the files within a tar.gz archive also using wildcards? like find archive.tar.gz --name *foo*
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Using files that have spaces in their name in pipes

I have folder named play which contains a file damn file (with space). When I use find and pipe the output to tar: find play/ -name 'damn*' | tar cf archive.tar -T - It works perfectly. Why does ...
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Find files without a number

I am trying to write a simple script that will iterate through all drives except sda. Right now I have this for i in $(find /dev/ -name "sd*" ! -name "sda*") do echo $i done However this ...
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find arcana: can't get pipe to work in -exec line

How do I pipe the results of a find through a sed to xform the stream, and then use that transformed stream as one of two arguments to a script? IE: find turns up file1.tiff (among others) sed ...
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Find and create empty files with the same name in another location

I want create empty files with the same name, but in another location. Is it possible? find some files use only filenames touch an empty file in another place Something like this: find . -type f ...
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Text files containing their own name

I need to find in certain directory and all its' subdirectories all text files that contain their own name. How do I do this? (preferably without awk command)
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why does find command use {} for a placeholder variable?

I'm curious as to why find uses {} as the syntax for variable substitution (e.g., as in find . -name "*~" -exec rm {} \;). It's a rather unusual syntax, and I don't know any other programs or ...
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find flags: -exec rm -rf vs -delete

I thought the flags I mentioned in the question are the same, but I get the following message with the former, but nothing with the latter: $ find . -mindepth 1 -type d -exec rm -rf {} \; find: ...
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Use a shell variable to execute a comand

I have a unix command in a variable, it looks like this: cmd="find /path/to/webpage -type f | grep -v .svn | xargs grep $@" `$cmd` find: paths must precede expression Usage: find [-H] [-L] [-P] ...
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Why does find's -exec only executes on one result?

Here's what I checked: find mydir -maxdepth 2 -name .project -or -name .classpath gives output: mydir/.project mydir/.classpath Meanwhile find mydir -maxdepth 2 -name .project -or -name ...
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Grep a directory and return list with line numbers

I'm currently trying to learn more about bash scripting and all of that fun stuff, and I pieced together this little command: find $path | xargs grep -n $pattern | awk '{print $1}' While this DOES ...
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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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Can find work more efficiently to delete a large number of old files?

I want to delete old files in a directory that has a huge number of files in multiple subdirectories. I am trying to use the following - after some googling it seems to be the recommended and ...
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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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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 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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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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Get list of subdirectories which contain a file matching a string

How can I get a list of the subdirectories which contain a file matching a particular string? More specifically, I am looking for directories which contain a file with the letter 'f' somewhere ...
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Find and differences between -perm /6000 and -perm /u+s

I have been trying to find setuid executables using a `one liner'. The line I first tried was: find / -perm /u+s -type f Then I found a line which is similar but gives different results: find / ...
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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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match files based on an md5 using find

I have a bunch js and css files in a directory. Some of them have been given a name based on an md5() of their content (looks like f10521a21bb013cb81e0909809818ad6.js). I'd like to match these files ...
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Find a file which is 30 minutes old

How can I find the file which is of 30 minutes old in /bin/ksh?