Operating on a directory and its subdirectories, recursively.

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How to find number of Subdirectories under a given directory

In windows you get a count of the number of subdirectories within a directory.Is there any equivalent on Linux ? I'd like it to count recursively & Not stop at a single level.
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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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Why doesn't inotifywatch detect changes on added files?

I'm trying to monitor my /tmp folder for changes using inotifywatch: sudo inotifywatch -v -r /tmp After creating couple of files (touch /tmp/test-1 /tmp/test-2), I'm terminating inotifywatch (by ...
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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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Script to count files matching a pattern in subdirectories

I wrote the following script for finding the number of pdf and tex files from the current directory, including the subdirectories and hidden files. The following code is able to find the number of pdf ...
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How does rm -r go about recursively removing? In what order?

Is there some order of operations to rm? I performed rm on a large directory and am curious where I should look to see what might have been deleted. Does rm work on files first, then directories? Or ...
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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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Different sizes after copy [duplicate]

I would like to copy for backup porposes a Linux user home directory with several GBs of data and the usual configuration files. The source directory and the backup directory should exactly have the ...
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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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Exclude hidden subdirectories from grep -r

I have a svn local copy, i want to make a search on the string some_string. $ grep some_string * -r lang/en:some_string=Some string lang/.svn/en:some_string=Some string But if a go little further, ...
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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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check two partitions by selecting random files and running sha1 hashes on two files of each partition

A previous answer to a post mentions to run sha1 hashes on an images of a dd drive clone image. Another answer to that post suggests mounting the dd image an then compare if the sha1 hashes of ...
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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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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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I accidentally GZIPed a whole bunch of files, one by one, instead of using tar(1). How can I undo this mess?

I'm new to the gzip command, so I googled some commands to run so I can gzip an entire directory recursively. Now while it did that, it converted each of my files to the gzip format and added .gz to ...
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How to be certain “cp -n -r /dir/ /des/” does not overwrite files.. and is doing its job ? verbose mode?

I run the command cp -n -r /dir/ /backup/ but there is no way to tell what it is doing.. if it is skipping files that already exists.. if it is doing anything.. I tried adding -v option to ...
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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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Why doesn't recursion go upwards with rm?

I'm wondering about direction of recursion in general and rm specifically. rm recursion only works downwards correct? Running: sudo rm -R *.QTFS will delete all *.QTFS files in current directory ...
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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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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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Apply recursive chmod to files or folders only

I'd like to apply chmods to files and folders in one line, Basically: chmod 700 ./* -R # but only apply to folders chmod 600 ./* -R # but only apply to files Of course I searched google and read ...
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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 do I find a files directory?

I am looking for a specific file in OS/X. I can see the file by using: ls -alR | grep "mkmf.*" This shows my that the file exists. How do I find what directory the file is located. Many thanks ...
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Copy directory not just the contents

I want to copy a directory into another directory. For example, cp -r dir1 dir2 copies the contents of dir1 into dir2. I want to copy dir1 itself into dir2 so that if I ls dir2 it will output dir1 ...
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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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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 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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ls content of a directory ignoring symlinks

I have a directory in which I would like to list all the content (files and sub directories) without showing the symbolic links. I am using GNU utilities on Linux. The ls version is 8.13. Example: ...
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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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bash script calling itself with different arguments

I just can not get it right. Script takes two arguments, target and command. Valid targets are specified within an array. If target is 'all', script should iterate through all targets. #!/bin/bash # ...
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Recursively iterate through files in a directory

Recursively iterating through files in a directory can easily be done by: find . -type f -exec bar {} \; However, the above does not work for more complex things, where a lot of conditional ...
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Delete files and directories by their names. No such file or directory

I need to delete all compiled data: directories called build, directories called obj, *.so files. I wrote a command find \( -name build -o -name obj -o -name *.so \) -exec rm -rf {} \; that ...
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How do I count all the files recursively through directories

I want to see how many files are in subdirectories in there 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 ...
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Sed find/delete for a string with multiple special characters recursively

I'm having quite a bit of difficulty with a complex string. A friend's site was hacked and has since been locked down but I'm helping to clean up the mess leftover and what I need to do is 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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One way diff between 2 directories

I am looking to perform a diff between 2 directories, both of which contain may files and subdirectories. I am hoping to perform a one-way diff between a source and target directory that will return ...
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Recursive search doesn't work for grep on solaris

On our Solaris server I'm finding that grep -r doesn't work, which is the usual way that I use grep. It seems that egrep has the same behavior. Given that I have no control over the machine, is there ...
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Remove Linux directories containing ONLY old files

We have numerous directories that each contain 2 files, one of which is a hidden file. We want to remove all those directories and their contents that contain ONLY files that have a modification date ...
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Find files with same name but different content?

I want to generate a list of files that have: Same name Different content in a directory (including all children directories and content). How to do? Bash, perl, anything is fine. So, two ...
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Install-on-Demand Wrapper Function for Executables

How do I make the following function work correctly # Install git on demand function git() { if ! type git &> /dev/null; then sudo $APT install git; fi git $*; } by making git $* ...
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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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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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How to exclude hidden files in recursive chmod?

I am having to do chmod -R 755 some_dir where 'some_dir' contains '.git' folders. Is there any way I can exclude hidden files and folder when doing recursive chmod? Note: chmoding .git folder is ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Finding all kinds of extensions referenced in a html file

Here is my problem statement : There is a folder with many html and text files. I need to recursively go through each one of them and find all kinds of file extensions referenced in these html/text ...
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recursively copy only images and preserve path

I'm working on a website migration. I have a scrape of the site, with all the files and directory structure as you would see them in the URL. I want to pull all images, maintaining the directory ...
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Delete all 'nohup.out' within a directory recursively

How can I delete all 'nohup.out' files within a directory recursively from my terminal? I'm using CentOS.