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

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When will `find . -exec COMMAND {} +` execute COMMAND multiple times?

If I do find . -exec echo {} + it prints all paths in one line, i.e. command echo is only executed once. But according to man find, -exec command {} + ... the number of invocations of the ...
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mv with rsync functionality

I'm trying to merge two directory trees that have many common elements but also each have elements that are only present in one of the two trees. The main issue I am having is that when mv encounters ...
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find file read it and search for specific identifier

I'm trying to find out in what files some specific identifiers are being used. I know the file's name and know the identifier, therefore I use the following command to achieve my desired result: find ...
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Can the “find” command work more efficiently to delete many files?

I want to delete old files in a directory that has a huge number of files in multiple subdirectories. I am trying to use the following - after some googling it seems to be the recommended and ...
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grep contents of files based on a list of files

Running CentOS 6.5, qemu-kvm. I have a script which builds a list of running VM's. I want to pull information from those .xml files of only the VM's that are running. cat /dev/null > ...
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Getting the size of parent folders when using find to search for criteria?

I am hunting for a certain regular expression within the filenames and am seeking to return the parent folders with their sizes in a unique fashion. For example, here is the command that I expected ...
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shell script for auto-touching files

I have written a shell script to touch all the files in the /tmp directory. However, there was an error message saying that /bin/touch: Argument list too long. What's the cause of the problem? ...
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Find all symlinks to a directory and change target to another directory

I have a bunch of symlinks in /home to files and sub-directories in /foo. I want to target the new directory, /bar. My approach was to look at all invalid symlinks and verify that they were pointing ...
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sliding window of JPGs from thousands of files

My machine has a camera attached that can take thousands of jpgs a day. I am looking for a way of remotely looking at the last 30 to 60 mins of footage via a cloud storage site such as box.com. I ...
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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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rolling snapshot of pictures taken in the last half hour

I've taken this: find -maxdepth 1 -mtime +1 -type f -exec cp '{}' backup \; Which should copy all the regular files in the current directory more than 1 day old to the directory backup (assuming ...
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What command in bash to search for this string?

file.txt contains: aa=testing sss=whoiam bbb=findme What command do I use to search for testing and print it? Expected result: # you search testing
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How do I search files without certain extensions in their names?

I would like to search recursively in all the files and directories under a directory for some strings e.g. library. I also would like to exclude files and directories which store downloaded ...
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Execute all files in a list

I have a source tree which, when make is run, produces several executables named "001", "002", and etc. I'm trying to write a script which will find all of these executables in my source tree, and ...
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How to delete older files in a folder in unix?

Can anyone help me find the meaning of the below statement? I am new to Unix programming. find /sourcedirectory -mtime +2 -exec mv "{}" /destination/directory/ \;
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ls command - list files containg speccific string in file name and belong to specific type

I am new to linux. Is it possible for a ls command to return a list of files containing "PRO" in its file name and belong to pli file type. I have researched and identified that ls -c -lt *.PLI will ...
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Find a directory created today

How can I find a directory whose name starts with cy and that was created today?
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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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What is the significance of the the leading “4” before the listing of modified files?

After running the following command: find /Users/UserName/Documents -type f -mtime -1 -print0 | xargs -0 du -sk | sort -nr I receive the following output: 4 ...
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With “find /”, skip directories like “/proc”, “/sys” and similar [duplicate]

There are some directories that can cause problem with find, and especially find /. These are directories in which the OS creates files which are not really files. Among these directories are /proc ...
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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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Find newest file. Multiple Filetype restrictions

I want to write a command that gives me the newest file in a directory recursively. But that's not my only limitation. The files has to be an mp3 or a jpg file. (case insensitive prefered) I only need ...
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Where does the pattern occur in a match by find?

The manpage of find says: -name Base of file name (the path with the leading directories removed) $ find ~ -name bookmark | less returns nothing, while $ find ~ ...
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Finding a file which created X minutes back (without GNU/BSD find)

I am using the find command to find the files which were created with in 30 minutes. find . -ctime -30m But it is giving files from up to 30 days. I have tried -mmin too but it is showing that ...
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How to determine the newly closed file within a continuous audit log rotation?

I am attempting to find the best way to determine when the second file (of a matching criteria) is created. The context is an audit log rotation. Given a directory where audit logs are created every ...
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How to specify file path with find when searching for files with -regex

I want to search a directory for some files using find and a regular expression. If I do cd dir find -E . -type f -regex '^\..*[^~]' I get a list of files in the directory that match the the ...
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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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Find directories and files with permissions other than 775 / 664

I am moving a website from one server to another and Git does not store metadata such as file permissions. I need to find the directories and files that are not 775 / 664 respectively. Right now, I'm ...
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find files without extension

Let say I have: foo.txt bar baz.ooo If I use ls -1 !(*.*) then I'll get only bar on the output. Great, now I wish to have same results with find - some find -regex that will do the job. NOTE: ...
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cd to the most recently created directory [duplicate]

I have a directory in which a number of directories are created daily. I want to enter into the directory which is created recently whose name starts with cy. How can I find this directory? Could ...
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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 command: -or option doesn't work

I want to execute a command for an each file that matches a pattern. But the command that seems to be right, doesn't work for me, I have no idea why. $ find . -type f -name '*.c' -or -name '*.h' -or ...
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How do I use find to individually zip files in a directory?

I was expecting something like, find . -name "*.bor" -exec sh -c 'zip ???' sh {} + where the ??? are replaced with $@ or similar. The end result needs to look like, 1.bor.zip 2.bor.zip etc.
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Get only file name from find command and mail

The following find command will results multiple files and send mail all those find /home/cde -ctime -1 -name "Sum*pdf*" -exec uuencode {} {} \; |mailx -s "subject" abc@gmail.com But I am getting ...
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Is this command safe to run from / as root

find . * -depth -print0 | xargs -0 rmdir It finds and removes all empty folders (including hidden ones) recursively. I only tired it on my home folder and a pendrive in Linux PC and it worked but I ...
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Attachments are missing when multiple files are attached in mail

I have written one script to get multiple attachments through mail. My script is for file in `find $dir -ctime -2 -type f -name "Sum*pdf*"` do echo "$file" filename=`basename $file` echo $filename ...
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How to get find -exec to call a shell script?

Taking from the last answer (by im3r3k) here: How do I recursively shred an entire directory tree? I'm trying to get the find command to call a shell script as described. So far I've tried: find ...
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How to ignore -ls errors in find

I'm writing a find command to look for files or folders with broken permissions (files should be rw, directories rwx) and trying to ls -l (give or take) the results. The following find command looks ...
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Sort the output of find -exec ls

Is it possible to the output of find … -exec ls -ls ; sorted alpabetically, by filename? This is my cron command: find /home/setefgge/public_html -type f -ctime -1 -exec ls -ls {} \; This command ...
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Remove files and directories even if not empty, except some directories

I am trying to remove all contents of a directory with some exclusions. I'm currently using this: find . -type f | grep -vZf ../../exclude.file | xargs rm -rf The exclude.file contains: *log* ...
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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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Storage Formats for Flat File DB

Currently I use a flat file database with find -type f -ls to store information for about 400GB of files. I'd like to store also the md5sum/sha[1|256]sum of the files. Because the files are often ...
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Using exec in find over ssh from shell script

So, I am attempting to execute the following from within a shell script; ssh -q $CUR_HOST "cd $LOGS_DIR; echo cd $LOGS_DIR; find . -name *.log -mmin +1440 -exec gzip {} \; exit" When this runs, it ...
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can regex capture groups be used in GNU find command?

With the GNU find command (GNU findutils 4.4.2), a regular expression can be used to search for files. For example: $ find pool -regextype posix-extended -regex ...
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find -exec doesn't do what find output suggests [duplicate]

If I do this find: find ${TRIADS_DIR}/*.dc.results -path "*amblock/stats.*HEAD" -o -path "*amblock/stats.*BRIK" then I get what I expect in STDOUT: ...
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Find if the file is compressed or not

I need to find whether the file is compressed or not in script.If it is compressed I need to uncompress and send as attachement. My find command results in two files sum12.pdf.Z and sum23.pdf.Z My ...
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Output multiple strings out of multiple files

Hi my current code is: find /home/user/logfilesError/ -maxdepth 1 -type f -name "gBatch_*"\ -daystart -mtime -1 -exec grep -rl "ERROR" "{}" + | xargs -l basename if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then ...
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Extract file name from find command

I am trying to extract the file name and attaching to mail. But when I send mail the attachment is coming with path name and file name. Ex: dir=/home/as123/bill and filename=abc.pdf.Z and I am ...
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Why can't I chmod these files that I could earlier?

I was trying to add execute permissions to sh files in a folder. For that I mistakenly used: find . -print0 -iname '*.sh' | xargs -0 chmod -v 744 and the output was : mode of `.' changed from 0755 ...
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Can “find” command preserve access-time

I'm running the following command which is supposed to find specific directories according to their Access-Time metadata detail however for some reason the find command changes the access time of ...