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

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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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gnu find and masking the {} for some shells - which?

The man page for gnu find states: -exec command ; [...] The string `{}' is replaced by the current file name being processed everywhere it occurs in the arguments to the command, ...
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How to clean up file extensions?

I have a directories with .MP3 files which I'd like to change the extensions to .mp3. What's the easiest way to do this? I'm think something along the lines of: find /RootPath -type f -iname "*.mp3" ...
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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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How can I use two bash commands in -exec of find command?

Is it possible to use 2 commands in the -exec part of find command ? I've tried something like: find . -name "*" -exec chgrp -v new_group {} ; chmod -v 770 {} \; and I get: find: missing ...
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`find` with multiple `-name` and `-exec` executes only the last matches of `-name`

When I'm using find . -type f -name "*.htm*" -o -name "*.js*" -o -name "*.txt" it finds all the types of file. But when I add -exec at the end: find . -type f -name "*.htm*" -o -name "*.js*" -o ...
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Find -exec + vs find | xargs. Which one to choose?

I understand that the -exec can take a + option to mimic the behaviour of xargs. Is there any situation where you'd prefer one form over the other? I personally tend to prefer the first form, if ...
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Recursively rename files and directories

I'm using this command to rename files: for fname in *; do mv "$fname" $(echo "$fname" | sha1sum | cut -f1 -d' ') done But it only renames in the current directory. Let's say I have many ...
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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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How to remove all empty directories in a subtree?

How can I remove all empty directories in a subtree? I used something like find . -type d -exec rmdir {} 2>/dev/null \; but I needs to be run multiple times in order to remove directories ...
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How to report number of files in all subdirectories?

I need to inspect all sub-directories and report how many files (without further recursion) they contain: directoryName1 numberOfFiles directoryName2 numberOfFiles
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Getting all files that have been modified on a specific date

Is it possible to find all php files within a certain directory that have been modified on a certain date I'm using find /var/www/html/dir/ -mtime -28 | grep '\.php' to get files modified within ...
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Executing user defined function in a find -exec call

I'm on Solaris 10 and I have tested the following with ksh (88), bash (3.00) and zsh (4.2.1). The following code doesn't yield any result: function foo { echo "Hello World" } find somedir -exec ...
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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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How to use find to remove *.py~ and *.pyc files at once?

I want to cleanup a directory (and subdirectories) from each occurrance of the .py and .pyc files. I tried the following find . -name '*pyc' -o -name '*py~' -exec rm -f {} \; which left out all pyc ...
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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 can I find a file whose name includes a given string, such as “abcde”?

Within a set of directories, how do I find a file whose name includes a given string, such as "abcde"?
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Deleting files by age

Is there a command to delete all the files in a directory that haven't been modified in N days? I need to clean up some old logs.
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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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Howto find duplicate files on disk

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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How can I move files by type recursively from a directory and its sub-directories to another directory?

What would be a good way to move a file type from a directory and all of its sub-directories? Like "move all *.ogg in /thisdir recursively to /somedir". I tried a couple of things; my best effort was ...
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How do I remove “permission denied” printout statements from the find program?

find: `/root/.dbus': Permission denied find: `/root/.gconf': Permission denied find: `/root/.gconfd': Permission denied find: `/root/.gnome': Permission denied find: `/root/.gnome2': Permission denied ...
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How to apply recursively chmod directories without affecting files?

After I apply chmod -R to a directory, permissions are changed for everything within (files and directories). How can I add execute/search (x) permissions to directories without modifying the files?
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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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Finding a substring in files across subdirectories with a single built-in command?

In Windows, if I wanted to find a string across all files in all subdirectories, I would do something like findstr /C:"the string" /S *.h However, in Linux (say, Ubuntu) I have found no other way ...
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How do I perform an action on all files with a specific extension in subfolders in an elegant way?

My current best bet is: for i in $(find . -name *.jpg); do echo $i; done Problem: does not handle spaces in filenames. Note: I would also love a graphical way of doing this, such as the "tree" ...
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find not recursive when file at top

Imagine a source tree. There are xml files everywhere. But since there is a XYZ.xml at the root of this tree it won't find my xml files. find -iname *.xml returns ./XYZ.xml instead of ...
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Exclude paths that make find complain about permissions

I need to generate a file list from a disk volume. Some of the directories (all hidden directories under the root directory) have strange permissions that causes find to complain. I try to exclude ...
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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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How can I find files and then use xargs to move them?

I want to find some files and then move them. I can find the file with: $ find /tmp/ -ctime -1 -name x* I tried to move them to my ~/play directory with: $ find /tmp/ -ctime -1 -name x* | xargs ...
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find searching in parent directories instead of subdirectories

I'm nested deep in a file tree, and I'd like to find which parent directory contains a file. E.g. I'm in a set of nested Git repositories and want to find the .git directory controlling the files I'm ...
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How do I find text within a file and have it search multiple subfolders?

I'm looking for a function name and the folder structure is deep and there are a lot of files to look though. Usually I go with something like find * | grep functionname but is that the best way?
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How to do `head` and `tail` on null-delimited input in bash?

find command can output names of files as a null-delimited strings (if -print0 is provided), and xargs can consume them with -0 option turned on. But in between, it's hard to manipulate that ...
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What's the + in find /path/ -exec command '{}' + do?

What's the + in find /path/ -exec command '{}' + do? as opposed to find /path/ -exec command '{}' \;
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How does this find command using “find … -exec sh -c '…' sh {} +” work?

@StephaneChazelas posted the following solution to this Q&A: Having some trouble using “find -exec {} +”. $ find . -iname "*.extension" -exec sh -c ' exec <command> "$@" <additional ...
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Manipulate file name piped from find command

I'm relatively new to Bash and am trying to do something that on the surface seemed pretty straightforward - run find over a directory hierarchy to get all of the *.wma files, pipe that output to a ...
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Clone directory tree structure and copy files to the corresponding directories modified after a specific date

I have a folder with more than 30 sub directories and I want to get the list of the files which was modified after a specified date(say sep 8 which is the real case) and to be copied with the same ...
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Tar up all PDFs in a directory, retaining directory structure

I'm trying to create a compressed tarball that contains all PDF files that exist in one of my directories. The directory structure needs to be retained. Empty directories are not needed, but I really ...
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How to delete directories based on `find` output?

I issue the following command to find the .svn directories: find . -name ".svn" That gives me the following results: ./toto/.svn ./toto/titi/.svn ./toto/tata/.svn How could I process all these ...
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Delete all files in a directory whose name do not match a line in a file list

I have a directory with 1000+ files. In a text file, I have about 50 filenames, one per line. I'd like to delete all the files in the directory whose filenames don't correspond with an entry on the ...
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Colored FIND output?

Is it possible to get colored output from the find command? That is, in the path of each found item, directories are blue, executable scripts are green, et cetera? I'm using version 4.4.2 of GNU ...
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Is it possible in unix to search inside zip files

I have 100s of directories and within those I have a few zip files. Now there are images named abc.jpg in those zip files. The zip files may be in any folder or in any subfolder so its difficult to ...
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List of Recently Modified Files

How can I Get a list of all files modified , say 3 months ago. I checked this question but I was not able to apply it to my scenario. I am trying this now , it seems to be working , but I know there ...
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Exclude directory in find

How can I find every file and directory matching a pattern, excluding one directory using find? Say I have the following file structure; . foo-exclude-me/ foo.txt foo-exclude-me-not/ ...
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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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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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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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Find recursively all archive files of diverse archive formats and search them for file name patterns

At best I would like to have a call like this: $searchtool /path/to/search/ -contained-file-name "*vacation*jpg" ... so that this tool does a recursive scan of the given path takes all files with ...
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How do I find a file with a name which depends on the current date (and a random component)?

I have to check a particular path every day and find the file with a name of the form: StaticData_Sets_yyyymmdd-232550.txt The date in the name after the string StaticData_Sets_ is updated every ...
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How to move the files based on Year

I need to move files based on a year. I used the find command find /media/WD/backup/osool/olddata/ -mtime +470 -exec ls -lrth {} \;|sort -k6 but for this command to successfully execute i need to ...