Operating on a directory and its subdirectories, recursively.

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Searching for string in files

Is there an easy way to search inside 1000s of files in a complex directory structure to find files which contain a specific string within the file?
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How to recursively check if a specfic user has read access to a folder and its contents?

I need to pass a user and a directory to a script and have it spit out a list of what folders/files in that directory that the user has read access to. MS has a tool called AccessChk for Windows that ...
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What is the tool that allows me to specify arbitrary directories using **

I once saw a colleague uses a tool which allows to use ** to represent any directories. For example: if a file called myfile.java sits deep inside: src/main/com/mycompany/product/store/myfile.java ...
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recursive delete with sftp?

I have a host that I can only access with sftp, scp, and rsync-- no ssh. I have a large tree of directories that I want to delete, but my sftp client apparently does not support recursive rms or ...
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How do I run a command on multiple files

This is pretty basic, I have a folder with several subfolders of JS files and i want to run Google's Clojure compiler on all of the files in those folders. The command to process a single file is as ...
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Bulk remove a large directory on a ZFS without traversing it recursively

I want to remove a directory that has large amounts of data on it. This is my backup array, which is a ZFS filesystem, linear span, single pool. The data is in this pool called san, mounted on /san ...
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create md5 hash from a recursive file listing when some paths have spaces

I need to create an md5 hash of every directory and file inside of one main directory. The only thing that is keeping me from success is figuring out a way around files with a space in the path. I am ...
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Find file by a part of its content

I have many files in a specific repository and i must find a file which has a specific string in its content (actually referencing the file Version.cc.in). What is the best solution to find it?
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How do I use grep to find a text string in files in sub folders of a parent folder without -r switch

I'm using Solaris 10 and have two grep versions one in /usr/bin and one in /usr/xpg4/bin. I have been searching for an answer on how to search for text within files within sub folders of a parent ...
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Moving large numbers of files and directories to a different directory

I'm trying to move the following move a large number of files that exist in the following structure to a /mnt/originals but I need to maintain the structure at the same time. I know cp would be a ...
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Does rm -rf * delete files recursively from the current directory or parent/root directory?

I wanted to delete files and folder recursively from a particular folder so I ran this command from that folder rm -rf * I assumed it would delete all files/directories under the current directory ...
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Finding largest file recursively

I am trying to find the largest file in a directory recursively. If there is a subdirectory inside of that directory the function needs to go inside that directory and check to see if the largest file ...
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Help searching in files for regex patterns, recursively, with specialized output

My problem is that I need to: Find all lines matching regex_pattern in all files (deep search) in a given root directory For each line that matches, output: File name Line number containing the ...
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Read all files in folder and subfolders - progress and size

Command I have is: time find . -type f -print -exec cp {} /dev/null \; This command finds all files in current folder and subfolders, print the name of each file and copy each of them to /dev/null. ...
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How to zip recursively all subdirectories that only contain text files

I have a backup from a disk that contains data files and analysis. The dir structure and names are not really consistent. To save space, I would like to zip all the subdirs that only contain data ...
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Passing all files of specific filetype in current and subdirectories

I have constructed an elaborate 500+ character command with many arguments and switches to autosign multiple PDF documents. I'm using JSignPDF and I'd like to use it's batch mode including the ...
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remove all instances of _000 from multiple files

Had to recover my music library from a HDD which died.... got everything I wanted but all music track names have _000 added at the end. I really don't fancy going through 8000 individual music tracks ...
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Triple dot wildcards

I have a very large directory structure of source code that is very difficult to work with. I would like to run a tool to transform it to a Maven like structure that works better for me. When I have ...
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How can I use rename to recursively rename everyting to uppercase

I'd like to recursively rename all files and folders (sub-folders) to uppercase. I found some scripts that will do it to lowercase, but I don't know how to change them so it will do it the other way ...
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How to download all html files from a URL's directory with wget?

I'd like to use wget to download a tutorial in a website, but this tutorial is in a specific directory. Suppose the URL is the tutorial main page http://www.abc.com/aaa/bbb/ccc/index.html. But the ...
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How can I queue up an entire directory for FTP?

Currently I know how to do this: curl -T file.zip ftp://server.domain.com/ --user username:password Which will let me do a single file. However I can't figure out how to do it for a directory. I ...
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Search string in many files on HP-UX

I need to find which files (they can have space in the filename) of a directory contains a string using only sh and system's commands (Perl is not an option). For a few files, this command works ...
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How to copy a folder structure and make symbolic links to files?

I have a folder SOURCE that contains several sub-level folders, each with its own files.. I want to copy this folder in a new folder COPY where I need to copy the directory structure but keep the ...
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Find files with same name but different extensions, send to tgz

I have a large archive of edited images from my camera, each image is actually a pair of files - *.nef & *.xmp. I would like to go through all the folders and then zip these pairs into single tgz ...
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File deletion under special conditions, recursively if possible

I am looking for a unix command sequence, which is able to perform a quite complex, conditional deleting action. All files with the extensions "[NAME].cut" and "[NAME].cut.bak" shall be deleted, IF ...
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Copy only file details (file name, size, time) from remote machine in unix

how can we copy only file details (filename, size, time) from a remote machine in Unix? For example: I have a directory (/opt/apache/…/webapps/Context) placed on a remote machine. Now I want to copy ...
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How to grep a text recursively on BusyBox 1.0?

How can I find a file containing a certain string on a BusyBox 1.0, if grep -r does not work?
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Find and copy directories containing file type

I have a directory "Movies" containing subdirectories "Movie Name". Each subdirectory "Movie Name" contains a movie file and related image/nfo files etc. I'm trying to copy all directories containing ...
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Fastest way to get list of all file sizes

I'm trying to create a graph of the distribution of file sizes on my ext4 system. I'm trying to write a script to scrape this information from my computer somehow. I don't care where the files are ...
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Track daily directory changes (and email them)

I have a Debian powered NAS server (ReadyNAS) with a deep file hierarchy. I'd like to get notified daily about what has changed in some of its directories and their subdirectories. So if someone ...
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Recursive copy files with rename

If I have input folder files_input that has subfilders like 01-2015, 02-2015, 03-2015 etc and all these subfolders have other subfolders. Each subfolder has only one file called index.html. How can ...
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Find executable files recursively

I have got the directory called Test and a few directories inside it. Both Test and the directories inside it have executable files. I'd like to print them with ls. I'd use this command. ls -l `find ...
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How to I copy the directory and subfolders but ignore certain files in the subfolder?

I believe the question is best asked with an example. /home test1.txt test2.txt /home/my-folder test3.txt test4.txt test1.txt, test2.txt and my-folder folder are inside /home. ...
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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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Wildcard for arbitrary depth

I want to use grep where paths are arbitrary depth under the directory /path/to/dir and has the file name foo. I thought that the wildcard for arbitrary depth is **, and I tried grep some_pattern ...
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Search for files by content only in trunk subdirectories

I think its a simple question, but the answer is probably a little more complicated :P Edit: Actually, its not complicated at all!^^ So I have a directory with multiple svn projects and I would like ...
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Efficient search of unique owners of files and directories

I would like to view the unique owners of all the files and directories underneath a certain directory. I have tried: ls -ltR <dir-path> | grep -P '^[d|\-]' | awk '{print $3}' | sort | uniq ...
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Change file ownership, based on previous owner

I am a moderately new linux user. I changed my PC, and started using CentOS 7 from CentOS 6. So I attached my previous hard disk to my new pc to take backup of my files. Now, copying the files (and ...
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How do I create a local copy of a complete website section from OSX using wget?

This question follows from: How do I create a local copy of a complete website section from OSX using curl? After discovering OSX's native curl wouldn't do this task I downloaded wget from here: ...
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Run a command with wildcards in each subdirectory

I use this command to make a montage of all the images in a directory: gmic *jpg -gimp_montage 4,\""V(H(0,1),H(2,V(3,4)))"\",1,1.0,0,5,0,0,0,255,0,0,0,0 -o -0000."$(date)".jpg I want to run this ...
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Recursively find and move corrupted PDFs

The Issue I was using python-skydrive to download files to my PC, and I accidentally corrupted a good amount of my PDF files. When I try to view them in Document Viewer, I get the following error ...
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clone root directory tree using busybox

I have an TI DaVinci-based (ARM architecture kin to OMAP) system which netboots using TFTP and NFS-mounted root filesystem, and am trying to make it boot standalone without a netboot server. The ...
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Search for file permisions other than 755

In AIX really, how can I search in several directories and those below it, for files that are not of the specific permissions of 755. So I want to search /path/to/, /path/to/mydir, ...
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remove whitespace from all items in a directory and sub directory

I have a directory which contains files and sub directories, some of which have whitespace in their names. Further more each of these sub directories contains files with whitespace in their names. Is ...
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Set group permissions as owner permissions

I need to set the same permissions of owner to group recursively to all elements in a directory.
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rsync recursively with a certain depth of subfolders

I want to rsync a folder recursively but want subfolders included only to a certain depth. For example I would want a depth of 1,2,3 or 4 subfolders like this: source/ ├── subfolder 1 │   ├── ...
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Makefile $wildcard only matches top directory

I am trying to implement a makefile for my C project which has a directory structure as follows: PROJECT_FOLDER: folder1 folder2 folder // n number of folders main.c FOLDER1: ...
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rsync with colons in filenames

I have a fairly large directory that I need to sync to an external hard drive for both backup and portability reasons. /work I try to run the following rsync command in order to copy this folder to ...
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How can I use wget to create a list of URLs from an index.html?

So wget has an ability to recursively download files, however it does it one file at a time. I would like to pass in a directory URL, and for each URL it encounters in the recursion for it to spawn ...
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setting environment variable as a function of another env variable [duplicate]

I would like to set an environment variable (that we'll call "TEST") to store the path to a sub-directory of my home directory : something like /home/myself/dir/. I would like to use the $HOME ...