xargs is a command that executes another command and generates its arguments from stdin

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xargs and < and > to the same files

I want to run git stripspace on all my source code files, on each build (or precommit or just manually), to remove extraneous whitespace, and later maybe to format the code in a standard way, So ...
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find + xargs: argument line too long

I have a line like the following: find /foo/bar -name '*.mp4' -print0 | xargs -i {} -0 mv -t /some/path {} but I got the following error: xargs: argument line too long I am confused. Isn't the ...
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Moving files with find + xargs: target is not a directory?

When I run the following command: > mkdir some_dir > find /foo/bar/ -name '*.csv' -print0 | xargs -0 mv {} some_dir I get hundreds of lines that say: mv: target `/foo/bar/XX.csv` is not a ...
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xargs -r0 vs xargs -0

I have seen examples on the web of xargs with the argument -r0. What does this argument mean? My man pages don't show any entries for -r0 nor do most man pages I have seen (e.g. ...
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Change some ASP code to PHP code in all files

I'm migrating a directory of files containing fairly simple ASP code over to a PHP server and I need to modify the contents of all the files with a find and replace mechanism. I'm not great with ...
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`grep -l .. | xargs vim` generates a warning, why?

If I run a command like grep -rl test . | xargs vim I get a warning "Vim: Warning: Input is not from a terminal." But I am still able to edit the files. Why the warning?
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Concatenating thousands of files: > vs >>

I found two seemingly contradictory answers on StackOverflow to the following questions: Concatenating Thousands of Text Files Across Hundreds of Directories (while keeping some structure) How do I ...
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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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find . .[^.]* -type f -print0 | xargs -0 sudo chmod 664; does not work

I am using this command to set permissions for files recursively clime@vm6879 /srv/www-php/steeltrading $ find . .[^.]* -type f -print0 | xargs -0 sudo chmod 664 But after executing that command ...
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Wrong behavior of xargs

I was trying to solve this issue using find + xargs but I stuck with another issue I am try to increasing a count using ((a++)) but not working . I have tried couple of combination of counting a ...
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Can someone provide an xargs example piping mysql query data into another command?

Can someone provide an example for the command xargs? I want to do a mysql query to return the ID field of a column then feed that result into xargs into another command say mysql query delete. How ...
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`solaris + xargs command for solaris

the command find /tmp -name 'core*' -type f -print0 | xargs -0 works fine on Linux, but xargs -0 option is not legal on Solaris what is the equivalent option ( xargs? ) for Solaris 10 second ...
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How to copy a list of files and adjust destination filenames on the fly?

When I don't need to adjust destination filenames I can do something like this: $ find -type f -name '*.pat' -print0 | xargs -O cp -t /path/to/dest It is safe because the filenames may even ...
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Why doesn't this xargs command work?

I wanted to delete all .sh extensions so did this: ls *.sh | xargs -I {} mv {} `basename {} .sh` However it doesn't work, it behaves like basename returns unchanged file name. Why is it behaving ...
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Get the complement of the result of an ls command

Let's say I have a directory with multiple files, all of which are either binary files (files with no declared extensions) and source files (.c extension). I do this: $ ls and get: README.md ...
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Howto recursively create PDF thumnbails on linux command line

I am able to use ImageMagick to create a thumbnail of the first page of a PDF using: convert -thumbnail x80 95.pdf[0] thumb_95.png This works fine and generates a thumb_95.png file. I have tried ...
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Speeding a find rm command with test through parallelization

I want to recursively delete all files in directories and subdirectories with number of lines less than 10, and am currently using the following command find . -type f -name "*.txt" | while read; do ...
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Piping nothing to xargs

I have a script that may in some circumstances have nothing on stdout. At the end of the script, I pass the lines I have to another command using xargs. My problem is, when there is nothing on stdout, ...
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How to delete commands in history matching a given string?

I need to delete all commands in my history matching a string. I've tried: $ history | grep searchstring | cut -d" " -f2 | history -d -bash: history: -d: option requires an argument $ history | grep ...
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xargs : using same argument in multiple commands

Am trying to write a one-liner that can probe the output of df -h and alert when one of the partitions is out [or almost] of space. It's the part using xargs that kicking me in the ass now... echo 95 ...
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Find images by size: find / file / awk

I've been trying to find png image files a certain height (over 500px). I know that file will return image dimensions. Example: $ file TestImg1a.png TestImg1a.png: PNG image data, 764 x 200, ...
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Linux: Does find | xargs grep have limitations?

I've historically performed something like: find . 2>/dev/null | xargs grep -i something_to_find 2>/dev/null If my pwd is barfoo (/foo/bar/baz/foofoo/foobar/foobaz/barfoo) it finds matches. ...
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No such file or directory error when using xargs

I have some files with .mkv extension and I want to calculate their total size using du -h. Some of the files are preceded by whitespace characters. ranveer@ranveer:~$ ls *.mkv ...
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Import sql files using xargs

I have a number of sql files to import. For a single file I use the following command: mysql -u root -p dbname < db.sql Is it possible to use xargs to bulk import all files? something like: ls ...
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Spreading stdin to parallel processes

I have a task that processes a list of files on stdin. The start-up time of the program is substantial, and the amount of time each file takes varies widely. I want to spawn a substantial number of ...
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Reformatting a large number of XML files

I'm manipulating a large number of XML files scattered throughout a nested directory structure. I tried the following (which almost works): $ find . -name "*.xml" -type f | xargs -- xmllint --format ...
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Use command grep and locate

How I can make the grep command locate certain words in the files specified by the routes found by the locate command? locate my.cnf | grep user (I want that grep command search the word "user" ...
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how to sum output of awk or other expression with xargs

Suppose i have the following bash shell script: #!/bin/bash export count=0; for i in `ls ./mydoc` ;do pdfinfo ./mydoc/$i | egrep Pages |awk {'print $2'} |xargs -+ $count ; ...
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“Argument list too long”: How do I deal with it, without changing my command?

When I run a command like ls */*/*/*/*.jpg, I get the error -bash: /bin/ls: Argument list too long I know why this happens: it is because there is a kernel limit on the amount of space for ...
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xargs and vi - “Input is not from a terminal”

I have about 10 php.ini files on my system, located all over the place, and I wanted to quickly browse through them. I tried this command: locate php.ini | xargs vi But vi warns me Input is not ...
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Inner function call with xargs parameters

I am trying to create a file occurent within my /tmp directory of each file containing a speicific string. The problem is that the call to basename {} does not seem to work. Neither this, neither ...
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Decrypt files encrypted with gpg using xargs

I have a lot of files encrypted with gpg. All files have the same password. Is it possible to use xargs to decrypt files? ls | xargs -n 1 gpg asks for the password for every file.
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How to make `xargs` ignore child's exit and keep processing further

I sometimes run long xargs jobs overnight and it is really annoying to discover in the morning that xargs died somewhere in the middle, for example because of a segmentation fault in one single ...
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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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Batch copy to multiple directories

I have about 9000 files in a directory and I want to mv them into 90 files in 100 directories by filename order, ignoring any remainder. In Copy multiple files from filename X to filename Y?, Caleb ...
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copying multiple files to multiple directories

I've a problem copying many files in different directories. Let me explain better: Let's say I have the following in a dir: $ ls file1 file2 file3 file4 file5 dir1 dir2 dir3 and I want to copy ...
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Remove numbers from filenames

I've a problem modifying the files' names in my Music/ directory. I have a list of names like these: $ ls 01 American Idiot.mp3 01 Articolo 31 - Domani Smetto.mp3 01 Bohemian rapsody.mp3 01 Eye of ...
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Why does xargs strip quotes from input?

Why does xargs strip quotes from input text? Here is a simplified example: echo "/Place/='http://www.google.com'" | xargs echo outputs /Place/=http://www.google.com Is there any way to ...
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Append line to many files

I want to add some text to over 200,000 files I am trying this find . -name *.txt -print | xargs -I % echo "hello world" >> % But nothing is happening. When i run find . -name *.txt it work ...
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How to delete files filtered out by awk

I have the following files in a directory: -rw-r--r-- 1 smsc sys 46 Apr 22 12:09 bills.50.1.3G.MO.X.20120422120453.Z -rw-r--r-- 1 smsc sys 28 Apr 22 12:15 bills.50.1.3G.MO.X.20120422120953.Z ...
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How can I pass strings with single quotes to grep?

My desired outcome is the following: to recursively search a directory looking for a given string in all found files. The following command is my usual port of call: find ./ | xargs grep -ns 'foobar' ...
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Sorting the output of “find”?

I need to be able to alphabetically sort the output of find before piping it to a command. Entering | sort | between didn't work, so what could I do? find folder1 folder2 -name "*.txt" -print0 | ...
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What's wrong with this xargs command?

Consider the output: % { echo one; echo two; echo three; } | xargs -I{} -L1 echo test-{} test-{} one test-{} two test-{} three Why doesn't {} get substituted as per the manual page (and my memory, ...
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using xargs to grep multiple patterns

I have a file that has terms I want to grep for, with each term being one line in the file. I was thinking I could do this with xargs. What I'm able to glean from examples from the man page like this ...
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xargs grep suggestion

grep -v "\<Swap" instruments.log | awk '{ idx=index($0, "MasterId="); masterId=substr($0, idx+length("MasterId=")+1); masterId=substr(masterId,1,index(masterId,"L")-3); print masterId; }' | xargs ...
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man xargs says standard input is delimited by blanks; but is it?

I'm puzzled by what actually defines an arg in xargs. The man page seems to suggest that args are delimited by blanks (I assume that means whitespace). However the following script doesn't behave as ...
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Why did using xargs fail in this case?

I tried to understand the usage of xargs and did the following experiment. ls | xargs | touch I want to refresh the files dates and directoris in the curent directory. Though it is a bit silly,for ...
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Grep a directory and return list with line numbers

I'm currently trying to learn more about bash scripting and all of that fun stuff, and I pieced together this little command: find $path | xargs grep -n $pattern | awk '{print $1}' While this DOES ...
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When is xargs needed?

The xargs command always confuses me. Is there a general rule that can help me figure out when I need it? Consider the two examples below: $ \ls | grep Cases | less prints the files that match ...
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Provide parameters to scp with xargs

When I run svn st | awk '{print $2}', I get: a.py b.py c.py Then I want to scp these files to a remote server. I have tried: svn st | awk '{print $2}' | xargs scp my_name@my_server:~/ But it ...