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

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Preserve directory structure when moving files using find

I have created the following script that move old days files as defined from source directory to destination directory. It is working perfectly. #!/bin/bash echo "Enter Your Source Directory" read ...
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How to find files with 100% NUL characters in their contents?

What is the Linux command-line command that can identify such files? AFAIK the find command (or grep) can only match a specific string inside the text file. But I want to match whole contents, i.e. ...
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Error while running bash script that moves files

I am new to bash script and want to create bash script that moves some days old files between source and destination as per days defined in script. When I run this script I get error find: paths ...
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tar: how can I exclude intermediate directories but include leaf directories?

I want to create a tar file suitable for extracting into /. I've created a work directory that represents the root of the file system, and it has all the stuff I want included in the tar underneath, ...
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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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Find: Reference to Current Directory

I'm trying to use find with the regex option. However my regular expression only captures the basename of the file. Is there a reference to the "directory find is currently in" I can use in my regular ...
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Find modifies the Access Time

I have to find those files which have been modified before one day. There are lots of files which are modified before one day. I am doing find ./ -type f -mtime -1. But, I observed that my disk util ...
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Sort the output of find before piping to openssh

I'm using this command to recursively generate a SHA-512 hash for each file in a directory hierarchy: find . -type f -exec openssl sha512 {} \; I'd like to sort the files in lexicographical order ...
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questions on find and grep

With respect to the following find command-line find . -type f -exec grep -l strings {} \; I do not understand the usage of -exec and {} \.
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bash - can I do : find … -exec this && that?

Is there a way to logically combine two shell commands that are invoked with find - exec? For instance to print out all the .csv files that contain the string foo together with its occurrence I would ...
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How to find which files contain mentions of a wildcard image name?

What I am trying to do is do a search on my server to find which files contain mentions of images with a certain keyword in the filename but all I can figure out is how to find the filenams (not image ...
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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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Why doesn't 'find' show this file?

Using find with grep, one can locate files that match a pattern: # find | grep error ./solr-modifiedSolr4/SolrPhpClient/phpdocs/errors.html ./error_log ./includes/classes/error_log However, using ...
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find and globbing (and wildcards)

I tried finding some files (*.e*) that are in the same directory as another file (md.tpr). I needed to list them (for further processing) using the following: find . -name md.tpr -execdir ls *.e* \; ...
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Why is find looking in the current directory?

I have a bash script /var/www/scripts/process_sounds.sh that uses the command: find /var/www/unprocessed_sounds/ * -type f It's supposed to find all the files in the unprocessed_sounds directory, ...
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Find both regular files and directories

How can I tell ( if I can tell !) find to find files of both the directory and file type? find -type fd It is like the heuristic dark ages up in here.
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Passing results of “find” to zenity

The result of the following script: results=$(find -iname "*.mp4") echo $results; is something like: file1 file2 file3 How do I pass the results of the find command to a variable, as it is shown ...
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How can I synchronize all PDFs from one directory with Dropbox?

I want to synchronize all the PDFs from one directory (my Zotero library) to Dropbox. Finally, I want to have a list of all the PDFs, not the directory names. I successfully synchronized all my PDFs ...
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How to return both file name and line number with find … -exec grep?

When using find, how do I return the file name and the line number when searching for a string? I manage to return the file name in one command and the line numbers with another one, but I can't seem ...
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find with user variables

I am trying to call find with a few variables. So far I had this: DIRECTORY="./ " FILENAME=-regex" .*test.*" find $DIRECTORY $FILENAME Which works fine. If I change the filename to : ...
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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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Linux: Does find | xargs grep have limitations?

I've historically performed something like: find . 2>/dev/null | xargs grep -i something_to_find 2>/dev/null If my pwd is barfoo (/foo/bar/baz/foofoo/foobar/foobaz/barfoo) it finds matches. ...
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du command show a slash after directories?

How to use du command show a slash after directories? For example: du -ab /root/test/php-5.4.8/ Result: 1781 /root/test/php-5.4.8/main/internal_functions.c.in 973596 ...
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Extracting a multiline regex without leading tabs

I've been trying to hack a little code extraction script together, but I can't get it to work. My goal is to examine all .txt files in a directory. If it contains a line which doesn't start with a ...
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Compacting `find` name patterns

I am using find . -name '*.[cCHh][cC]' -exec grep -nHr "$1" {} ';' find . -name '*.[cCHh]' -exec grep -nHr "$1" {} ';' to search for a string in all files ending with .c, .C, .h, .H, .cc and .CC ...
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Bash: How to read one line at a time from output of a command?

I am trying to read the output of a command in bash using a while loop. while read -r line do echo "$line" done <<< $(find . -type f) The output I got ranveer@ranveer:~/tmp$ bash ...
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Web front-end to find/grep/ack

In my lab, we are trying to build a web that allows the user to enter queries for find, ack, grep on a specific directory. The web would return an HTML with a table of a list of clickable files (click ...
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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 . -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 ...
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Executing user defined function in a find -exec call

I'm on Solaris 10 and I have tested the following with ksh (88), bash (3.00) and zsh (4.2.1). The following code doesn't yield any result: function foo { echo "Hello World" } find somedir -exec ...
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How to combine 2 -name conditions in find?

I would like to search for files that would not match 2 -name conditions. I can do it like so : find /media/d/ -type f -size +50M ! -name "*deb" ! -name "*vmdk" and this will yield proper result ...
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How to find files compared to the time of a specific file

How can I search for files that were modified or changed 5 minutes before and 5 minutes after, a certain file. I have tried mint@mint ~/Desktop $ touch -t 201210101315 /tmp/timestamp mint@mint ...
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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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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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How can I enhance the output of find and grep?

I really don't look forward to having to do find/grep because the output, as returned by find . -exec grep sometext {} \; -print is just not very easy to read even when you dump it in a file. What ...
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List files created on Sundays

How do I list/find all the files created on Sundays or Mondays? How do I use the date parameter to display them? Something like : ls -f date + %a or find -type f | date +%A or find -type f ...
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Reformatting a large number of XML files

I'm manipulating a large number of XML files scattered throughout a nested directory structure. I tried the following (which almost works): $ find . -name "*.xml" -type f | xargs -- xmllint --format ...
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Find files which are created a certain time after or before a particular file was created

I need a shell script which finds files which are created 1 hour before or 1 hour after a particular file (test.txt) was created. If I go with find -newer, that means I'd have to create a temporary ...
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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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Got less output with print0 option on find?

I have read the man page and other references, but I am still confused by the behavior of find with -print0 option. -print0 This primary always evaluates to true. It prints the pathname of ...
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Auto-expansion problem with array elements containing an '*' (asterisk)

I'm trying to write me a find script that should later be able to read a list of directories to be excluded from an external file. Whilst I can accomplish that part myself, it's the annoying array ...
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Passing parsed output of sed to find (in this direction)

Well, I think you can find dozens of questions on this platform how to pipe find output to sed, but I haven't found anything for the reverse direction so far. What I want to do is modify my input, and ...
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How to copy a piped list of files contained spaces and apostrophes?

I have a list of files generated using find that I want to feed (pipe) to cp. My problem is that the files have spaces and apostrophes in them, leading cp to repeatedly complain that it "cannot stat". ...
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How to find a file containing a string? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I find a file whose name includes a given string, such as “abcde”? How to find files in terminal that contains the string "foo"? I tried the ...
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Dealing with script interruption

I need to iterate over between 120k and 500k files. find handles this well. find $PWD -type f -path "fragments/*.pdbqt" For some reason I want to list the same set of files again, in the same ...
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List of top level folders with contents no younger than 30 days

I have an automated system for creating FTP accounts (vsftpd with jailed virtual users) that works well, but I still rely on manual cleanup of stale accounts. My definition of a stale account is one ...
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Running sha1sum into several directories

I have several directories that share a common parent directory. In each directory there are regular files, but no other subdirectories. Something like this: top/dir-1 top/dir-1/file-11 ...
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Which is a better way to search- find with regex or find with grep?

Of these two ways of searching a file recursively in all the subdirectories, which is faster / better ? find . -regex ".*/.*abc.*" or find . | grep ".*abc.*"
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rsync: how to include files with name ending in a specific string [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Rsync filter: copying one pattern only I would like to use rsync to transfer all files from a server (or server-via-ssh) which have a specific ending string, such as a ...
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How to run a command against all the files of particular types on a filesystem?

I've just recovered tons of files (distributed in a complex directory structure, having very long names, using Unicode symbols, spaces etc in names) from a damaged hard drive. Now I'd like to verify ...