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

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How to search and replace text in all php-files in a directory and it's subdirectories

I am looking for a shell script that recursively traverses all .php files in a directory and performs a search & replace of a particular text pattern. The search pattern is quite long ( > 5000 ...
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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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Understanding find(1)'s -exec option (curly braces & plus sign)

Using the following command, could someone please explain what exactly is the purpose for the ending curly braces ({}) and plus sign (+)? And how would the command operate differently if they were ...
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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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How to run "find -exec <script> {}\;

I have a script that changes the properties of the files for a folder. Here is the example tree: dir 1 --file 1 --file 2 --file 3 dir 2 --file 1 --file 2 dir 3 --file 1 ...
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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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delete folders older than 1 day

I want to delete all the folders that are older than 1 day with following command: find /test -mmin +1440 | xargs rm -rf But the output of find lists /test (and would remove it accordingly). How ...
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How can I find files with permissions greater than xxx but ignore files with SUID and SGID

I'm trying to find files with permissions that exceed 755. Using the solution from another post here I have been able to get mostly what I want: find /bin -type f -perm -755 ! -perm 755 This does ...
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Difference between find ~ and find *

What is the difference between find * and find ~ for searching a file? In terminal when my present working directory on root,then in terminal root@devils-ey3:~# find * -print -quit ~ On same ...
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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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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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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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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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Linux find-command skips a directory

I have certain network share folders mounted in the /media directory. I want to make sure that when I do something like sudo find / -name foo it should always skip the /media directory. I don't want ...
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Remove long string from files

Files on my server have been corrupted. I want to remove a 13000 character string from all PHP files containing it. The string looks like: ?php if(!isset($GLOBALS["\x61\156\x75\156\x61"])) { ...
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How to search with GNU find for several file types at a time?

How is it possible to use the GNU find command to match several file types at a time (one search command)? The man page says: -type c File is of type c: b block (buffered) special c ...
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Find largest files from each date in a directory

I have a directory similar to the following: -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 223K Apr 28 14:25 2015.04.28_14.25 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 253K Apr 28 14:55 2015.04.28_14.55 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 276K Apr 28 ...
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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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Delete all files except in a certain subdirectory with find

I want to recursively delete all files not accessed in a while in folder a, except all files in the subfolder b. find a \( -name b -prune \) -o -type f -delete However, I get an error message: ...
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How to change permissions of multiple files found with find command?

I have a directory with numerous files. Part of the files have the 755 permissions and the other part have 644 permissions. I'd like to convert the files with 755 permissions to 644. I have tried the ...
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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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How to find the total number of occurrences of text and files with find command

I am trying to run the find command to find the total number of occurrences of a particular text string and also the number of files which has this text string. What I have right now is this command. ...
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Purpose of find command's default size unit 512 bytes

The find command allows you to search by size, which you can specify using units spelled out in the man page: File uses n units of space. The following suffixes can be used: `b' for 512-byte ...
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How to modify files on Unix to avoid file purging policy?

We have a policy on our cluster that any files not modified or accessed within 30 days will be deleted. I have a project running and I want to keep all files until I finish it, would it be possible to ...
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How do I find a file name that's exactly 8 levels deep?

I'm using the 'find' command to search for files in a backup system. I want to find all file names containing a certain string (e.g. 'XYZ') that are exactly 8 levels deep. Is there a find syntax that ...
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Find the files between two folder dates in linux?

I need to find the folder names along with the file names which has my string in their contents. I am in this directory "/data/queue/data" and I have lot of folders in the same directory and inside ...
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Why does find -exec du sum up differently?

I have family pictures and movies in a folder /media/data/Selbstgemacht and I'd like to find the size of all pictures. In /media/data I use find Selbstgemacht -type f -iname '*.jpg' -exec du -ch '{}' ...
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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?
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Symlink all subdirectories in a directory to another directory

I'm trying to symlink every directory in a folder to another folder. For example, in the structure below, I need the subfolders symlinked to folder2. - /home/chris/folder1 -- subfolder1 -- subfolder2 ...
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Search mp3 collection for songs with a certain song length

How would I search a directory of mp3 files for songs between a certain length. Ex: findmp3 -min=03:00 -max=03:15 /music/mp3/ebm/ Would return all mp3 files in the emb/ directory having a song ...
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How to find a file with specific permission of a specific user?

How do I get a list of all the files which permission is "read and write" for a specific user. For example, when I go on the desktop of my mac, then right click on file "A", then "get info", then on ...
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Passing multiple directories to the -prune option in find

I am using find to locate and delete backup files but wish to exclude certain directories from the search. The backup filenames could terminate in .bck, bak, ~, or backup. The Minimal Working Example ...
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Rename All Files with a Certain Name

I'm trying to find certain files with the name "stringx" and replace the name (but not the extension) with "stringy". So basically for stringx.txt and stingx.cs, I'd want stringy.txt and stringy.cs. ...
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Best way to work through / display a tree of images sorted by size

I've got a deep directory tree containing .PNG files. I'd like to find all the .PNG files in the directory, sort them in order of size from smallest to largest, and then display every 50th image. ...
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Find the last occurence of a string in a given filetype in all subdirectories

I have multiple sub-directories each with different depths. I need to search for the last occurrence of a string in a specific file type (say *.out). How can I accomplish this? I have tried: grep -r ...
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Does find -links count the hard links or symbolic links?

Does find -links count the hard links or symbolic links ? find -links 2
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What does `{\} {}` mean in `find` command?

Please explain this command in detail. I am using this command to find large files above 6 MB and split them into 5 MB chunks in the same folder. Then it removes the original files (larger than 6MB) ...
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Problem combining -or and -exec with find command

I'm finding that when I use find's -or operator in combination with -exec, I don't get the result I expect. When searching for .cpp and .h files, the command works as expected if I don't use -exec: ...
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Having some trouble using “find -exec {} +”

Disclaimer: I am a novice to Unix/Linux, but I am looking forward to learning! I have tried a search on this stackexchange and read the the man find, but I can't seem to figure this out. I want to ...
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List all files in a directory recursively but exclude directories themselves

Simple question, I'm running the following find command: find . -type d \( -path ./.git -o -path ./log -o -path ./public -o -path ./tmp \) -prune -o -print To list all the files in my directory, ...
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How to search file based on DAY of week

Actually I need to search for files and folder that were created in 2012 on Friday of every month. I did some attempts using the FIND command but it didn't work.
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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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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 find files with names having a long string after the first dot

My Samsung Galaxy S doesn't like files where the name contains a long string after the first dot. I guess some part of the software has a too short buffer for the file extension. How can I find all ...