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

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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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Script to find files with a specific extension but NOT containing specific text

I am trying to write a script that basically searches recursively using find (or another method to) to find all files ending with *.p or *.w but does not contain sysvars.i or preprocess.i I am new to ...
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How to find a writable file owned by root?

How can I find a file on my hard drive created by root that has write permissions?
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Use find to execute series of commands

I want to examine a directory and execute a command for each matching folder. The following find correctly returns the list I'm looking for. find . -maxdepth 1 -name "*.bitbucket" For each item ...
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Moving latest files from one directory to another

I'm trying to move newest files from one directory to another directory. The find command finds the files but not moving them to another directory. The destination directory exists. $ cd ...
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find: combining -path and -prune to exclude files and directories

I have a directory /srv/tftp/pxelinux.cfg and a file /etc/mtab. I want to exclude both from find. But whatever I do, either one always is not excluded find /etc /srv -path /srv/tftp/pxelinux.cfg ...
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How to Calculate the Total size of file searched using Find command

Actually there are tow questions. First I have to search the files using FIND command that will show only the files for December 2012 And Secondly I need to see the Total size of files searched I ...
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find with multiple -exec options; redirecting &>/dev/null for one exec command sends process to background

I have a find command with multiple -exec arguments and would like the output (both stdout and stderr) for one of the commands to be suppressed. When I use &>/path/to/file, it sends the process to ...
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rename character “â” of directory name?

I'm trying to rename rename character â of directory name to be blank. For example, directory with name how-â8093-to. This is the command I use, including some other modification find . -type d | ...
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Storing `find` parameters in a variable

I'm running the following bash command: find . \( -iname '*.aif' -o -iname '*.pdf' -o -iname '*.exe' -o -iname '*.mov' \ -o -iname '*.doc' \) -exec rm -f {} \; I'm running the same parameters ...
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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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Find and copy directories containing file type

I have a directory "Movies" containing subdirectories "Movie Name". Each subdirectory "Movie Name" contains a movie file and related image/nfo files etc. I'm trying to copy all directories containing ...
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Flatten Directory but Preserve Directory Names in New Filename

How can I flatten a directory in the following format? Before: ./aaa/bbb/ccc.png After: ./aaa-bbb-ccc.png
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How to find and empty some directories

I'd like to find and delete the contents while leaving the directories themselves intact. The following find /data1 -name MyTargetDir -type d -exec rm -rv {} \; and find /data1 -name ...
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How to I scan using find for all files that do have execute bit set?

I want to write a permission fix script that uses find to fix permissions on files. Mainly what I need is a find command that is able to list all files with execute bit set, regardless of the other ...
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How can I filter those “Permission denied” from find output? [duplicate]

I started using sed recently. One handy way I use it is to ignore unimportant lines of a log file: tail -f example.com-access.log | sed '/127.0.0.1/d;/ELB-/d;/408 0 "-" "-"/d;' But when I try to ...
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Sort the files in the directory recursively based on last modified date

Sort the files in the directory recursively based on last modified date I have modified a lot of files in my directory want to know what are those files by sorting them by the last modified date ...
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find command: how to ignore pathname?

I have to find some type of files in a directory and it's subdirectories and I only have to print out the filenames. So here's the main command: find -type f -name "*.c" Now, how could I cut the ...
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Help me parse this `find` command

Following command tells me the length of mp4 video files: find -type f -name "*.mp4" -print0 | \ xargs -0 mplayer -vo dummy -ao dummy -identify 2>/dev/null | \ perl -nle ...
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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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“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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Find folders containing a file

How can I find all subfolders containing a given file? For example, in a Minecraft server installation, the different worlds are stored in subfolders with arbitrary names. To identify that a given ...
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chown all files based on file name pattern in current directory

I'm trying to chown all files whose filenames begin with ChownFileNames. I've used this command, but it doesnt seem to work: find . -maxdepth 1 |grep 'ChownFileNames*' -exec chown hadoop:hadoop -- {} ...
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How can I find all ascii files under one directory that have the word shirt in them? Starting from root

What command would I use to find all of the files under the girl directory that have the ascii text “shirt” inside the files, starting from the root directory?
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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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How to find files with a certain subpath?

I need to find all xml-files that are placed in folders named config. Also config must be somewhere under a folder named trunk. For example, I am interested in all files like below: ...
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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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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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print parent directories full path of find output

what I want to do is to find all files based on some search query and get parents parent directory (../..) full path. For example find . -name "__openerp__.py" and then for each file execute ...
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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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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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Ignoring files that find cannnot search or open?

I searched for big files using this command on HP Unix: find . -type f -size +100000000c -exec ls -lrt {} \; The result came out somthing like this: -rw-rw-rw- 1 qa1wrk32 test 169263642 ...
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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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Find all files that have been last modified on a specific day - like Monday?

So I want to use find to return a list of all .html files in a given directory that have been last modified on a Monday. How can I do this?
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Using a generated list of filenames as argument list — with spaces

I'm trying to invoke a script with a list of filenames collected by find. Nothing special, just someting like this: $ myscript `find . -name something.txt` The problem is that some of the pathnames ...
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Pipeline with grep and find prints numbers infront of result

Am using the following "find" command to extract some files, find /lag/cnnf/ -maxdepth 3 -newer ./start ! -newer ./end | grep -nri abc | egrep '([^0-9]45[^0-9])' | grep -nri "db.tar.gz" >> ...
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Optimized way to list and delete files

I need to list and delete .php, .xml files. For this I am using find command. To list : find . -type f -name \*.php -print0 To delete : find . -type f -name \*.php -print0 | xargs -0 rm -r As I run ...
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Use find + sed + cp to find files and copy them to a directory with a different name

I'm trying to copy a bunch of files named folder.jpg into a folder. The problem is because all the files are named the same thing, I need to rename them in the process. I know I can probably do it ...
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How to delete files filtered out by awk

I have the following files in a directory: -rw-r--r-- 1 smsc sys 46 Apr 22 12:09 bills.50.1.3G.MO.X.20120422120453.Z -rw-r--r-- 1 smsc sys 28 Apr 22 12:15 bills.50.1.3G.MO.X.20120422120953.Z ...
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create md5 hash from a recursive file listing when some paths have spaces

I need to create an md5 hash of every directory and file inside of one main directory. The only thing that is keeping me from success is figuring out a way around files with a space in the path. I am ...
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How to find every file that includes a given function?

I am trying to list all of the files that include a function, e.g., matrixCal. How can I to do this in linux?
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help with truncate \ find

This command won't work: $ truncate -s 0 $(find . -size +1c type -f -exec grep -LwE 'keyword1|keyword2|keyword3' {} +) "find: paths must precede expression: type Usage: find [-H] [-L] [-P] [-Olevel] ...
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Understanding -regex with GNU find

Background I have what I think should be a simple case. I want to find all files with "cisco" in the name and do something with those files (via xargs). Finding files with ls Before I use xargs, ...
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Recursively apply a command to modify all files in a directory

I have a command that reads a file, and outputs a modified version on stdout: ./convert /path/to/file How can I recursively apply this command to all files in a directory, and overwrite the ...
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open a file and copy the listed files to another folder

I have a file named file1.txtcontaining file names like below : filea.txt fileb.txt filec.txt I want to copy the files listed in file1.txt to another folder. What is the UNIX command to use? (the ...
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Scope of variables when calling function from find

In a bash script I define a function that is called from find. The problem is that the scope of variables does not extend to the function. How do I access variables from the function? Here is an ...
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How to find multiple strings in files? [duplicate]

I use the following command to find files with a given string: find /var/www/http -type f | xargs grep -iR "STRING1" But how can I find files which include "STRING1" OR "STRING2" OR "STRING3"? ...
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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 every symbolic link on a server?

I need to find every symbolic link on the server. The version is AIX 6.1. man find says -L Follow symbolic links But find -L is not a proper usage. Usage: find [-H | -L] Path-list ...
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Deleting Lines Containing a Specified String in Different Files

Suppose there are two files in web/ named foo.php and bar.php. The 1st line of foo.php is "sdajgeSTRINGdsad" and the 10th line of bar.php is "gdfhu98324STRING". The task is to first locate these two ...