Operating on a directory and its subdirectories, recursively.

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recursive script not working

I am trying to add recursive support to my filegrep script. For some reason this does not work as expected: RECURSIVE_MODE=off # iterate over args for ARG in "$@" do if [ -d "$ARG" ] && ...
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How to remove all the files in a directory?

I am trying to remove all files and subdirectories in a directory. I used rm -r to remove all files, but I want to remove all files and subdirectories, excluding the top directory itself. For ...
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How can strace monitor itself?

I have a Hypothetical Situation. (1) Let us say we have two strace Processes S1 & S2, which are simply monitoring each other. How can this be possible ? Well, in the command-line options for ...
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Rename all the files with a specific extension in all the subdirectory [duplicate]

I have a lot of directories. Each one of these has a file with a specific extension .ext. I want to rename these files. Example: // Note: The names are random, can have spaces and special ...
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Why is chmod recursively changing file permissions as well?

When I do chmod _+x -R /dir where "_" is any combination of (u,g,o,a), if after I do chmod g+X -R /dir, the files gain executable permissions as well. Why does this happen? This behavior only ...
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How do I grep recursively through .gz files?

I am using a script to regularly download my gmail messages that compresses the raw .eml into .gz files. The script creates a folder for each day, and then compresses every message into its own file. ...
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How could I quickly find a recursive symbolic link? [duplicate]

I am experiencing an issue with a indexing program running much longer than expected. I want to rule out the possibility of a recursive symbolic link. How could I find a symbolic link that is ...
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How to search recursively within several levels of embedded tar tgz files? [duplicate]

Can somebody help me to figure out a command to find a file recursively that is embedded in a tgz file which is within another tgz files recursively: MainFile.tgz → SubFile1.tgz → SubFile2.tgz → ...
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How to find files and act on them (find + exec)

I have downloaded about 3200 websites to the depth 2. So now I have one master folder (abc) that contains many folders, containing files for each website. So my folder abc contains 3200 folders and ...
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Move all files with a certain extension from multiple subdirectories into one directory

I have a bunch of .zip files in several directories: Fol1/Fol2 Fol3 Fol4/Fol5 How would I do move them all to a common base folder?
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Will zgrep recursively search zips embedded within zips?

I am using the zutils version of zgrep v0.9 (not the gzip wrapper script) and to recursively grep zip files starting from the current folder I simply use: zgrep -r "MY_STRING" . This works fine. ...
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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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Using sftp to Transfer a Directory?

When I try to use sftp to transfer a directory containing files, I get an error message: skipping non-regular file directory_name The directory contains a couple of files and two subdirectories. ...
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Bug in shell script for printing the tree-like structure of the curent diretcory

I have wrote the following script: #!/bin/bash if [ $# -eq 0 ] then read current_dir else current_dir=$1 fi function print_tree_representation () { for file in `ls -A $1` do ...
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how do I execute a command on multiple files located in different directories at once and directing the output to a new directory

I am trying to write a script that will execute a command on files in many directories while returning the output to another directory in an organised way. I did a dry run and got some good results ...
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Change Directory and execute command automatically then change directory back out

I'm attempting to write a script that will be run in a given directory with many single level sub directories. The script will cd into each of the sub directories, execute a command on the files in ...
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Grep in many directories, but only look in each dir's specific subdirectory, not all sub dirs

My case: dir1 subdir1 FooFile subdir2 dir2 subdir1 FooFile subdir2 So, if I cd dir1, I can easily do something like find . | xargs grep "Foo" in order to list the names of ...
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Copy only certain file types from a folder structure to another

I have a top folder with many sub-folders. It's named "a". There are many .png and .jpg files in there. I'd like to recursively copy "a" into a new folder "b", but only copy the .png and .jpg files. ...
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Run a command over directories with name recursively

I have the following directory structure in AIX. codeRepo/REPO1/AREA1/objects codeRepo/REPO1/AREA2/SUBAREA1/objects codeRepo/REPO1/AREA2/SUBAREA2/objects From codeRepo I want to run chown myUser * ...
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How to recursively find the amount stored in directory?

I know you are able to see the byte size of a file when you do a long listing with ll or ls -l. But I want to know how much storage is in a directory including the files within that directory and the ...
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Recursive Function not Working

I know that this is a ridiculous idea, but I'm trying to get a script to work that branches through every directory on the file system. The file's name is "Everywhere.sh". Here's the code: ...
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How do I recursively delete directories with wildcard?

I am working through SSH on a WD My Book World Edition. Basically I would like to start at a particular directory level, and recursively remove all sub-directories matching .Apple*. How would I go ...
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Why wget is not willing to download recursively?

The command $ wget -r http://www.comp.brad.ac.uk/research/GIP/tutorials/index.html only downloads index.html and robots.txt for me, even though there are links in it to further pages in the same ...
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wget for recursive download of dxf files

There is a web server with many dxf type files which can only be downloaded one at a time. I thought it should be a good idea to use wget to download all of those files at the same time. ...
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Flatten the output of a recursive directory listing

Is there a way to list out all the files within a directory tree in a single list, sorted by modification time on Linux? ls -Rlt lists out files recursively, but they are grouped under different ...
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Difference between cp -r and cp -a

Looking for the difference between cp -r and cp -a? What does recursive mean in terms of copying files from a folder?
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Create symbolic link recursively, if file 1.JPG exists rename it to 1A.JPG

I have a shell script for creating symbolic links of all my photos from one year. The photos are from different cameras and are in subdirectories. f=$(pwd); export f; q="2015/"; z="2015_Links/"; find ...
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Find files recursively, but choose largest from among those with duplicate names

Given a nested directory structure containing various files, I would like to find all the files within it, but where there are multiple files with the same name, I'd like to return just the largest ...
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How do I count all the files recursively through directories

I want to see how many files are in subdirectories to find out where all the inode usage is on the system. Kind of like I would do this for space usage du -sh /* which will give me the space used ...
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How to find all files containing a specific string recursively on a BusyBox 1.4.2?

How to find all files containing a specific string within directory and all subdirectories on a BusyBox v1.4.2? I need to find string "AA:CC:DD:00:EE:55" or "AACCDD00EE55" BusyBox v1.4.2 (2012-06-01 ...
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Recursive find/replace, taking directory depth into consideration

I've had good luck doing basic find/replace: find . -name "*.php" -exec sed -i -e "s/<?php include 'http:\/\/www/<?php include '..\//g" \{\} \; I am wondering if there is a way to achieve a ...
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The difference between -r and -R

It often happens that I want to apply an operation recursively. Some commands, such as grep, use a lowercase r to indicate recursion. For example grep -r foo . Other commands seem to prefer an ...
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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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Recursively execute imagemagick composite command in directory tree

I have a large directory tree with many sub-folders and lots of images within each one. I found a script that applies watermark to all images within a directory, in-place, overwriting the original ...
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Copy all files matching criteria on find command with -exec

Below are my attempts at copying all files except .out and .class files into a subdirectory titled homework21/. Note homework21 is a subdirectory of the folder in which I am working in. ...
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How can I find all files that do NOT contain a text string?

What concise command can I use to find all files that do NOT contain a text string? I tried this (using -v to invert grep's parameters) with no luck: find . -exec grep -v -l shared.php {} \; ...
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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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How to copy a directory recursively using hardlinks for each file

I want to create a "copy" of a directory tree where each file is a hardlink to the original file Example: I have a directory structure: dirA/ dirA/file1 dirA/x/ dirA/x/file2 dirA/y/ dirA/y/file3 ...
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Recovering from a chown -R / [duplicate]

I've made today the greatest error on my server using root user: chown -R 33:33 / instead of chown -R 33:33 . within some webroot folder. Well, this brought ssh down. I made it this far to get it ...
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How to copy a folder recursively in an idempotent way using cp?

When I use cp -R inputFolder outputFolder the result is context-dependent: if outputFolder does not exist, it will be created, and the cloned folder path will be outputFolder. if outputFolder ...
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Recursively add a file to all sub-directories

How do I recursively add(or touch) a file into the current directory, as well as all sub-directories? For example, I would like to turn this directory tree: . ├── 1 │   ├── A │   └── B ├── 2 │   └── ...
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List files in hierarchy of directory

I need to list files in hierarchy of directory. For that I wrote script like foreach file ( * ) ls ${file}/*/*/*/*/*.root > ${file}.txt end But for this I have to know that in the directory ...
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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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How to list files that were changed in a certain range of time?

How can I list recursively all files that were changed between 22.12.2011 and 24.12.2011?
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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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Recursive rm doesn't work for me

Suppose, we have the following files in a directory: test.txt test.txt~ /subdir test1.txt test1.txt~ When I run rm -r ./*.*~ inside top dir only test.txt~ is removed. Why doesn't it perform ...
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copy recursively skipping directories with specific name

I have a directory with ~100 Gb. I need to copy this directory to other place skipping specific folders (there is a lot of them). The following is a wrong code to demonstrate my needs. $ cp -r ...
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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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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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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 ...