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I can find the files I'm looking for with something like this:

find . -name "*.mp3";

What I want is something like this:

find . -name "*.mp3" -exec openssl enc -e -aes-256-cbc -in path/to/file.mp3 
-out path/to/file.enc -pass pass:pass;

But I have no idea how to reference the files which are found with find in the -exec portion of the command.

  • Use {}.­­­­­­ – roaima Jun 2 '15 at 23:17
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You need to use {} to reference to your file. Hence:

find . -name "*.mp3" -exec openssl enc -e -aes-256-cbc -in "{}" -out "{}".enc -pass pass:pass \;
  • For each output overwrite on the same file path/to/file.enc? And you'll need escaping {} and ;. – yaegashi Jun 2 '15 at 22:34
  • @yaegashi Corrected that. – shivams Jun 2 '15 at 22:36
  • @yaegash Neither quoting nor escaping {} is necessary. Try this: touch 'a b'; find . -name 'a b' -exec ls -l -- {} \;. Quoting is pointless anyway, since "{}" is expanded by the shell before find gets to see it. – lcd047 Jun 3 '15 at 5:59
  • @lcd047 Quoting is done in case the file names have spaces. – shivams Jun 3 '15 at 6:14
  • @shivams Quoting of {} is done automatically by find when building the command line for -exec. Please try the test I mentioned above. – lcd047 Jun 3 '15 at 6:21

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