Questions tagged [files]

Manipulating files: copying, renaming, searching, analyzing, archiving, etc. For operating on text in a file, see /text-processing. For questions about the Files file manager (formerly Nautilus), see /nautilus.

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Why is looping over find's output bad practice?

This question is inspired by Why is using a shell loop to process text considered bad practice ? I see these constructs for file in `find . -type f -name ...`; do smth with ${file}; done and for ...
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Is it possible to find out what program or script created a given file?

Three files have suddenly appeared in my home directory, called "client_state.xml", "lockfile", and "time_stats_log". The last two are empty. I'm wondering how they got there. It's not the first time ...
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Efficiently delete large directory containing thousands of files

We have an issue with a folder becoming unwieldy with hundreds of thousands of tiny files. There are so many files that performing rm -rf returns an error and instead what we need to do is something ...
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Test if there are files matching a pattern in order to execute a script

I am trying to write an if statement to test whether there are any files matching a certain pattern. If there is a text file in a directory it should run a given script. My code currently: if [ -f /*...
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Create a virtual file that is actually a command

Is there any way to create a virtual file, such that reading from the file actually reads from the stdout of a command; writing to the file is acually writing to the stdin of a command? So far I have ...
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Why can rm remove read-only files?

If I create a file and then change its permissions to 444 (read-only), how come rm can remove it? If I do this: echo test > test.txt chmod 444 test.txt rm test.txt ...rm will ask if I want to ...
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Linux file access monitoring

Is there any way in unix to find out who accessed certain file in last 1 week? It may be user or some script ftp it to some other place. Can I get a list of user name who accessed certain file? How ...
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How to run a command when a directory's contents are updated?

There is a directory A whose contents are changed frequently by other people. I have made a personal directory B where I keep all the files that have ever been in A. Currently, I just occasionally ...
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How to determine which process is creating a file? [duplicate]

Given file path, how can I determine which process creates it (and/or reads/writes to it)?
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How to remove duplicate lines inside a text file?

A huge (up to 2 GiB) text file of mine contains about 100 exact duplicates of every line in it (useless in my case, as the file is a CSV-like data table). What I need is to remove all the repetitions ...
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Can a bash script be hooked to a file?

I want a script to sleep unless a certain file is modifed/deleted (or a file created in a certain directory, or ...). Can this be achieved in some elegant way? The simplest thing that comes to my mind ...
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What's the point in adding a new line to the end of a file?

Some compilers (especially C or C++ ones) give you warnings about: No new line at end of file I thought this would be a C-programmers-only problem, but github displays a message in the commit view: ...
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How to find creation date of file?

I want to find out the creation date of particular file, not modification date or access date. I have tried with ls -ltrh and stat filename.
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How can I increase the number of inodes in an ext4 filesystem?

I had a problem (new to me) last week. I have a ext4 (Fedora 15) filesystem. The application that runs on the server suddenly stopped. I couldn't find the problem at first look. df showed 50% ...
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Find all [filename].mp4 and rename [filename].audio [duplicate]

So I have a script that adds 2 films together using the audio from the $1.audio file. What I would like to do is rename any file in the directory with: *.mp4 To: *.audio Keeping original file ...
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What is a Superblock, Inode, Dentry and a File?

From the article Anatomy of the Linux file system by M. Tim Jones, I read that Linux views all the file systems from the perspective of a common set of objects and these objects are superblock, inode, ...
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Precedence of user and group owner in file permissions

I just ran into something unexpected (for me) regarding file permissions on Linux (Arch Linux). Basically I have: userX in groupX fileX userX:groupX ---rwx---- What puzzles me: I cannot perform any ...
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Can I make `cut` change a file in place?

The man page doesn't give me much hope, but I'm hoping it's an undocumented (and/or GNU-specific) feature.
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Script to monitor folder for new files?

How can I immediately detect when new files added to a folder within a bash script? I would like the script to process files as soon as they are created in the folder. Are there any methods aside from ...
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How do I do a ls and then sort the results by date created?

In what order are the dated ordered by? Certainly not alphanumeric order. ls -lt sorts by modification time. But I need creation time.
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How to remove blank lines from a file (including tab and spaces)?

I want to remove all empty lines from a file. Even if the line contains spaces or tabs it should also be removed.
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How to integrate mv command after find command?

I am searching for files which name which contain AAA within their path using following command: find path_A -name "*AAA*" Given the output showed by the above command, I want to move those files ...
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remove oldest files

I`m trying to delete old files from directory and leave only 3 newest files. cd /home/user1/test while [ `ls -lAR | grep ^- | wc -l` < 3 ] ; do rm `ls -t1 /home/user/test | tail -1` ...
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Find and remove large files that are open but have been deleted

How does one find large files that have been deleted but are still open in an application? How can one remove such a file, even though a process has it open? The situation is that we are running a ...
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How to move 100 files from a folder containing thousands?

I have a directory with thousands of files. How can I move 100 of the files (any files will do) to another location.
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Rename All Files with a Certain Name

I'm trying to find certain files with the name "stringx" and replace the name (but not the extension) with "stringy". So basically for stringx.txt and stingx.cs, I'd want stringy.txt and stringy.cs. I'...
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Delete files older than X days +

I have found the command to delete files older than 5 days in a folder find /path/to/files* -mtime +5 -exec rm {} \; But how do I also do this for subdirectories in that folder?
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What are character special and block special files in a unix system? [duplicate]

How are character special files and block special files different from regular files in a Unix-like system? Why are they called “character special” and “block special” respectively?
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timestamp, modification time, and created time of a file

I just know that ls -t and ls -f give different sorting of files and subdirectories under a directory. What are the differences between timestamp, modification time, and created time of a file? How ...
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List the files accessed by a program

time is a brilliant command if you want to figure out how much CPU time a given command takes. I am looking for something similar that can list the files being accessed by a program and its children. ...
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How can I rename a lot of files using a regex?

I want to rename a lot of files on Mac OS X (10.7.2).. I don't have the perl package for the rename command. My files have names like "T452-102456-0.png" and I want to delete the "-0" part. I know I ...
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How to print the name of missing files in a folder?

I have 2000+ files in a folder, but there are few files missing from the folder. Name of the files are like GLDAS_NOAH025SUBP_3H.A2003001.0000.001.2015210044609.pss.grb GLDAS_NOAH025SUBP_3H....
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Find duplicate files

Is it possible to find duplicate files on my disk which are bit to bit identical but have different file-names?
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how to output text to both screen and file inside a shell script?

Currently I have a shell script which logs messages to a log file like this: log_file="/some/dir/log_file.log" echo "some text" >> $log_file do_some_command echo "more text" >> $log_file ...
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Shell script for moving oldest files?

How do I write a script for moving just the 20 oldest files from one folder to another? Is there a way to grab the oldest files in a folder?
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When did directories stop being readable as files?

I have the 1st edition of The Unix Programming Environment book. In chapter 2, the authors state that directories are readable as files, and mention some facts about the format of these files. They ...
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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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Reading lines from a file with bash: for vs. while

I'm trying to read a text file and do something with each line, using a bash script. So, I have a list that looks like this: server1 server2 server3 server4 I thought I could loop over this using a ...
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A virtual file containing the concatenation of other files

Is there a way of creating a filesystem object akin to this: mknod files p cat file1 file2 ... fileN > files but such that it can be seeked in, as if it were a regular file?
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What's the best way to count the number of files in a directory?

If parsing the output of ls is dangerous because it can break on some funky characters (spaces, \n, ... ), what's the best way to know the number of files in a directory? I usualy rely on find to ...
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How to get over “device or resource busy”?

I tried to rm -rf a folder, and got "device or resource busy". In Windows, I would have used LockHunter to resolve this. What's the linux equivalent? (Please give as answer a simple "unlock this" ...
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How to implement a horizontal cat? [duplicate]

Standard cat concatenates files line by line (row by row, if you will). I find myself needing a horizontal cat command more and more often recently; i.e. a command that takes a list of files and ...
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How can I be sure that a directory or file is actually deleted?

I know that most files, when deleted, aren't actually removed from the disk, and can be recovered later. How can I ensure that a directory I had deleted will actually be removed from the disk? Are ...
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Renaming a bunch of files with date modified timestamp at the end of the filename?

So, say, I have a directory with a bunch of files like g.txt, where g.txt was last modified on, say, June 20, 2012. How would I batch-rename all of the files (like g.txt) with the last modified date ...
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What conditions must be met for a file to be a text file as defined by POSIX?

POSIX defines a text file as: A file that contains characters organized into zero or more lines. The lines do not contain NUL characters and none can exceed {LINE_MAX} bytes in length, including ...
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List all directories that do NOT have a file with a given file name inside

How would I go into listing all directories that do not have a file with a given file name inside? e.g. given this tree / /a README file001 file002 /b README file001 /c ...
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undelete files from local fileserver

I have a NAS (mybook world white light) in my living room where all my music and stuff is stored. I've mounted the music folder of the nas in the local music folder of my home directory on my desktop ...
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How does one inspect the directory structure information of a unix/linux file?

In Unix file systems directories are just special files with special directory structures that hold the child filename, filename size and inode reference number. The actual file metadata beyond ...
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Is there an easy way to replace duplicate files with hardlinks?

I'm looking for an easy way (a command or series of commands, probably involving find) to find duplicate files in two directories, and replace the files in one directory with hardlinks of the files in ...
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Get file created/creation time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I do a ls and then sort the results by date created? Is there a command in Linux which displays when the file was created ? I see that ls -l gives the last modified ...

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