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

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How to stop the find command after first match?

Is there a way to force the find command to stop right after finding the first match?
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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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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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How to find certain files and move them to a new directory in the same command?

So I was looking around and all I have found is how to do this only if the directory is already made, which is this: find source -name '*.z' -exec cp {} destination \; But how can I make a new ...
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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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make `find` return with a non-zero exit code if error occured

Why am I seeing the following: $ find -not -exec bash -c 'foo' \; -quit bash: foo: command not found $ echo $? 0 This is a reduced version of the actual script I am using which I post at the end ...
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Recursive grep vs find / -type f -exec grep {} \; Which is more efficient/faster?

Which is more efficient for finding which files in an entire filesystem contain a string: recursive grep or find with grep in an exec statement? I assume find would be more efficient because you can ...
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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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Find directories that do not contain subdirectories

I'm writing script is ksh. Need to find all directory names directly under the current directory which contain only files, not subdirectories. I know that I could use ls -alR and recursively parse ...
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find with -execdir

I run a find with -execdir both I don't get the results I was expecting. SSCCE below: mkdir -p a/b/c find . -type d -execdir touch foo \; $ tree a a ├── b │   ├── c │   └── foo └── foo Directory c ...
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Sorting files according to size recursively

how to scan a folder recursively and find the largest files in the folder, and sort them by size. I have tried using ls -R -S but it tends to list the directories as well I need to scan the folders ...
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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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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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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 to count recursively for the number of files in several directories?

I have a directory, containing a lot of files and directories. I am trying to get the number of files (and directories) contained recursively in every directory. I tried the following approach: for ...
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Using Shell Commands to Manipulate File Paths for Use as Arguments to Another Program

I can use find like this to find a list of files: find -type f -path "./src*" -name "*.php"` For example: ./src/Superuseradmin/Model/Mapper/UUID.php ./src/Superuseradmin/Model/Mapper/Mapper.php ...
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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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How do I recursively grep through compressed archives?

I'm trying to find out what modules use Test::Version in cpan. So I've used minicpan to mirror it. My problem is that I need to iterate through the archives that are downloaded, and grep the files ...
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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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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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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 filetype (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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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 duplicate files

Is it possible to find duplicate files on my disk which are bit to bit identical but have different file-names?
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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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Omitting extension with find?

I need to create thumbnails from multiple .png files and would like to do this using ImageMagicks convert utility. To recursively find all files that are not thumbnails themselves, I am using the ...
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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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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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Looping through files with spaces in the names?

I wrote the following script to diff the outputs of two directores with all the same files in them as such: #!/bin/bash for file in `find . -name "*.csv"` do echo "file = $file"; diff ...
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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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Why does find -mtime +1 only return files older than 2 days?

I'm struggling to wrap my mind around why the find interprets file modification times the way it does. Specifically, I don't understand why the -mtime +1 doesn't show files less than 48 hours old. ...
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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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How to find files containing two strings in different lines

A real example is: I have a Python file util.py, and I changed one of the function name from foo to bar. There might be other files using foo as function name and they are irrelevant. I want to ...
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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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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(1): how is the star wildcard implemented for it to fail on some filenames?

In a file system where filenames are in UTF-8, I have a file with a faulty name; it is displayed as: D�sinstaller, actual name according to zsh: D$'\351'sinstaller, Latin1 for Désinstaller, itself a ...
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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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Getting the -exec option in find to work

I am trying to make find print out a list of directories that contain files other than jpg images, but I think my use of the -exec option is broken. My environment is Cygwin Bash. $ find ! -iname ...
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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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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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How can I list subdirectories recursively?

The obvious ls -dR does not work. I am currently using find /path/ -type d -ls but the output is not what I need (plain listing of sub-folders) Is there a way out?
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How to run find -exec?

I'd like to find the files in the current directory that contain the text "chrome". $ find . -exec grep chrome find: missing argument to `-exec' What am I doing wrong?
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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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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 can I find broken symlinks

Is there a way to find all symbolic links that don't point anywere? find ./ -type l will give me all symbolic links, but makes no distinction between links that go somewhere and links that don't. ...
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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/ ...