I use this command to find and run all istances of wp-cron.php I have for each site I have:

find /var/www/ -name 'wp-cron.php' -exec php -q "{}" \;

Since my websites tree is:


... I'd like to limit my command to just 3 or 4 levels inside /var/www/ to avoid wasting resources and time! How can I do that?

I'm on Ubuntu 14.10.

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    With Gnu find: -maxdepth...
    – jasonwryan
    Apr 6 '15 at 1:36

If your find command has the -maxdepth option (Linux (GNU or BusyBox), FreeBSD, NetBSD, OSX):

find /var/www -maxdepth 3 -name wp-cron.php -exec php -q "{}" \;

If you want to run wp-cron.php files at an exact depth, you can use wildcards:

for x in /var/www/*/*/wp-cron.php; do
  php -q wp-cron.php

You can run

locate wp-cron.php

to quickly list all the files called wp-cron.php that existed the last time the locate database was updated (typically nightly).

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