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

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Find, count and sort all audio files. ALAC (M4A) files

I'm putting a script together to sort a very large music collection. It's approx 22000 albums, a mixture of FLAC, WAV, AIFF, M4A (AAC & ALAC). So far, I can sort by file type and get a total size ...
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Find files whose name is 4 characters long [duplicate]

I would like to find files whose name has only 4 characters. Example, there are three files under /tmp: $ ls /tmp txt file linux Output should only show file because it only has 4 characters.
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searching for files with multiple strings (all inclusive, not one or the other ) and print line numbers

I want to search for 2 (or more) strings across the files of a certain directory and print the line numbers. The search results should include only those files where all the mentioned strings are ...
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How can I replace string in all files in a directory and all sub-directories without changing any of the hidden directories/files?

I am using the following command find . -type f -exec sed -i 's/_backpack.html/_backpack_cal.html/g' {} + I expect all "_backpack.html" strings in my project to be replaced to _backpack_cal.html ...
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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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Openssl on files found with find unix command

Total noob with shell scripting here. I can find the files I'm looking for with something like this: find . -name "*.mp3"; What I want is something like this: find . -name "*.mp3" -exec openssl ...
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Stopping find command after finding files in one directory

I have a command in a Korn script which is like as written below, find <path1> <path2> <path3> -name filename After this, it stores the output in a txt file. Using this txt file ...
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What is the best way to delete files & folders in a directory excluding the contents of one folder? [duplicate]

I'm trying to automate some file house keeping I do pretty often. I want to delete all of the files and folders in a directory while excluding the folder "./xfer" and its contents. I've bee trying ...
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find directories with specific patterns leads to Permission denied error and no result

I have this kind of shell script on Linux: #!/bin/sh echo -n "Please enter directory pattern: " read dirs find $dirs > /tmp/justbay.txt allDirs=$(find $dirs ! -readable -prune) echo $allDirs ...
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find on a set of dirs that may not exist

I need to invoke find on a set of "starting points" which is generated, but some of paths may not be valid: paths() { # # mock version of the generator # echo /bin echo kjsdfhk ...
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find command skips file

I'm trying to find a file, but for some reason it is omitting a directory or a file don't know yet. If I run this cd ~/Documents/GamesTeam/games/ichristo_dev find . -name PayoutTest.sh gives ...
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Find largest files of a particular owner

I accidentally chown'd my entire file system to a particular user, after correcting the issue I've found disk space still being consumed by that particular user's files even though their account ...
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Displaying a list of all *.java

Display a list of all java files which name is *.java in your current working directory which contain the string Example, regardless of the case sensitivity of the latter's individuals letters. ...
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Find a file with the extension .csv in a directory matching a pattern

I have a folder in which I have many subfolders. The Root folder name is allCSV and sub foldername is will be like a_date(s), b_date(s), c_date(s) ... I want a file which is in a_date(s) and ends ...
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Copy files with parent folder to a new directory

I want to copy some files and include their parent directory in the process. The current structure is similar to: /Module1/A/downloads/m13312/file.pdf /Module1/A/downloads/m17312/file.pdf ...
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help with remote file find/scp

I have a set of files on a remote sftp which I need to download to a server every day. sftp uses ssh keys to authenticate, so I created a ssh key and added to the remote server authorized folder. I'm ...
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Efficiently finding a file/directory based on keyword

I have a large directory tree of builds. Standard find search locates the file after a minute or two. I'd like it to be in a few seconds. I need to find a file named foo.tar.gz. The file can reside ...
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Why does find not match repeat / quantifier expressions with emacs regular expressions? [duplicate]

I have a file 'abcd' in my current dir. Using find -regex '\.\/[a-d]\{4\}' gets me no results. While the regex works fine in emacs itself. find, however, does find my file when I add -regextype ...
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Files greater than 1 GB and older than 6 months

I want to find files which are greater than 1 GB and older than 6 months in entire server. How to write a command for this?
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find with -exec eval of $0 [duplicate]

In the following command I would like to know why $0 was evaluated to the file found by find and not the echo command. $ find . -type f -perm -u=x -exec bash -c ' /bin/echo $0 is the name of the ...
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Unusual behavior of find command

Please look at following out commands and their output: $ cat /sys/class/graphics/fb0/virtual_size 1920,1080 $ file /sys/class/graphics/fb0/virtual_size /sys/class/graphics/fb0/virtual_size: ...
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How would you find just the files created by a specified user? [duplicate]

I'm trying to create a script that prompts a user within the terminal to enter a username. If the username exists then the script will display all the files created by the user, else display a error. ...
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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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Search a String in a directory- Get output without filename

I am executing the below command to display the lines which matches the pattern. find ./files/ -name "*.txt" -print0 | xargs -0 grep "5|20150507" And output is ...
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Overwriting files found by find?

I have a list of files -rw-rw-r-- 1 t t 24813 Oct 23 2002 fig8_21.gif -rw-rw-r-- 1 t t 2259 Oct 23 2002 fig8_21t.gif -rw-rw-r-- 1 t t 35331 Oct 23 2002 fig8_23.gif -rw-rw-r-- 1 t t 2610 Oct 23 ...
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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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Assistance in how to display write only files for a user specified folder

I'm writing a script that allows a user to enter in a folder of there choice. Upon completion, the script will then search starting from the root for the folder and display all the files within that ...
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Find files created by a particular user

How would I go about discovering all of the files created by a particular user and display them to the screen? I've started a script that prompts the current user to enter the username of whom they ...
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How to prevent expansion

My script parameters on the mask and consist parameters for the find tool: $mopt=false case $1 in ... -m|--mask-file) if $mopt; then or="-o" fi ...
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Further questions about -path for find

From http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/81379/674 -path does not (re)define the start path. It refers to the combination of the start path and the relative path of the currently examined object. ...
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Find command returning wrong data [duplicate]

I am using this command to list all files that have been modified in the last day (or created) find ./ -mtime 1 -ls However it keeps returning files from 30th April when I am running the command ...
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find and list -R returning different number of files

I'm trying to create an array variable with a list of files to use in a small script, needing the full path to the file. Looking around I tried something like this: find /path/ -t f | grep ...
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List files recursively in Linux CLI with path relative to the current directory, max 250 char

I'm trying to list all the files with names no longer than 250 characters (including the directory it is part of, from the relative path my command is inside). I've seen a similar thread , but that ...
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find files based on name and moving them with renaming simultaneously

Consider I've directories named according to years and containing pdf files according to subject-code. ls output is: $ ls -l total 32 drwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4096 Apr 8 08:52 May-June-2011 ...
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How to restore a folder that seemingly disappeared after using mv?

I moved/renamed a folder with .svg-figures using mv fig figs. In my mind, this should have renamed the folder 'fig' to 'figs'. Accordingly, the output from ls showed a folder named 'figs' when I ran ...
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Can't find the location of DUMPed file system

I dumped a file system, chose the name for the dump ("home_fs_dump"), the dump was declared successfull, and yet I couldn't locate this name anywhere in the system. (And at the end I tested if locate ...
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Unzip specific files from multiple zip files

I'm new to Unix and am trying to extract specific pattern filename from the multiple zip files. I'm using find to find the zip files, and then trying to extract files having the filename CTL in the ...
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make find fail when nothing was found

When find is invoked to find nothing, it still exits with code 0. Is there a way to make it return an exit code indicating failure when no file was found?
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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 is the difference between find . and find . -print

What is the difference between: find . and find . -print What does -print actually do? $ find . . ./hello.txt ./hello ./hello/txt ./hello/hello2 ./hello/hello2/hello3 ./hello/hello2/hello3/txt ...
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Difference between 'ls -ltr abc*' and 'find ./ -name abc*' command? [duplicate]

To search a file in a directory, I found two commands as below: ls -ltr initialfilename* find ./ -name initialfilename* Sometime, first command gives me the search result but sometime I used to ...
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find returns weird file order on RHEL but not on OSX [duplicate]

When I enter find . -iname "[0-9]*.nii" on my OSX machine it returns: ./03_Rest_fcMRI/9793_01_03_1.nii ./04_VEMP/9793_01_04_1.nii ./04_VEMP/9793_01_04_2.nii ./05_Tapping/9793_01_05_1.nii ...
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How do I create a copy of a file in multiple directories?

I have a folder structure conf/ widget1/ env1.cfg env2.cfg widget2/ env1.cfg env2.cfg widget3/ env1.cfg env2.cfg widget4/ ...
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`find` multiple -o -name condition AND ! -name

I'd been playing with this snippet and seems like I can't make my desired find work. I tried google but all tutorials does not seem to tackle this scenario suppose i have the following files ...
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Converting `for file in` to `find` so that my script can apply recursively

I've been working on my first bash script for some time now (I just started UNIX this week). I have this idea of running a bash script to check some conditions and using ffmpeg to convert all the ...
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find all directories (except `encoded`) in the working dir then delete all of them

I am trying to test this scenario, I have these files /encoded encode <~~~ a bash script /dir1 /dir2 .../dir2-sub test.meta what I wish is, for find to search for all directories in our current ...
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Skipping pseudo-filesystems when doing find/exec

Let me be clear about this. I want to do a find over multiple filesystems. What I wish to do is skip pseudo-filesystems. Other than -prune, is there a way to do this?
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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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List all regular files containing (in their name, directory or their content) a specific (sub)string

Like in the title, and also I want to print the number of the line in each (text) file where the substring occurs. So far I have: find /sys | grep "filesystem" But it appears to only look at the ...
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bash: error handling on find -exec

I was using this little script to find malformed images: find -name '*.jpg' -exec identify -format "%f\n" {} \; 2>errors.txt It worked well enough, but now I need to modify it slightly. Instead ...