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

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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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executing multiple greps in a single find command

I want to use find command to find some files containing multiple patterns at the same time. I tried something like this: find . -name "*.xml" -exec grep -iH keyword1 + && grep -iH ...
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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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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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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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Why GNU find -execdir command behave differently than BSD find?

On my OSX, I've installed GNU find next to default BSD find via: brew install findutils. As far as I understand, BSD find is following POSIX standards and GNU makes it optional (as per this post), ...
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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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Find files in directory with paired names

I'm running tests of a variable-size-and-contents test set. Data files are added and removed frequently. I'm looking for an automated way of gathering a file list. All files are in subdirectories of ...
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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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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 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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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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confusing about double quoting

I learned when I use command, double quoting treat all things as character except $, `, \ . But, when use command like find -type f -name "*.jpg" *.jpg is inside double quotes. Then, it means we want ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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. ...