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Adding a line to multiple files in the same structure is not very hard, but I am stumped on how to do it over a possibly large directory tree structure. So lets say we have your project directory, which has hundreds of projects in it and you want to add a header to every *.c file. How can this be done? remember the files could be quite deep.

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find ~/foldername -type f -name "*.c" -exec sed -i '1 i addtexthere' {} \;
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    Doesn't seem to work for me. – Recursion Mar 4 '11 at 20:16
  • can you paste few *.c lines of code – sush Mar 5 '11 at 2:54
  • They are empty files. – Recursion Mar 5 '11 at 3:06
  • sed -i '1 i addtexthere' does not work on empty files! – Volker Siegel Aug 4 '14 at 1:27

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