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find . -type f | grep -v '/\.' lists out all non-hidden files in the current dir recursively.

Example of this command given the following file tree

├── css
│   ├── base.css
│   └── main.css
├── img
├── index.html
└── js
    └── app.js

$ find . -type f | grep -v '/\.'


But how do I print all these listed files using lpr?
I tried find . -type f | grep -v '/\.'|lpr but this only prints this list instead of printing each file.

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lpr prints out, what is sent to it via STDIN. So you need to invoke lpr for each file found by find:

find . -type f ! -name ".*" -print0 | xargs -0 lpr
  • -type f searches for files
  • ! is a logical not, hence ! -name ".*" will omit hidden files (with some help from
  • -print0 separates the individual filesnames with \0 so that this will also work with file names with white spaces in it.
  • xargs finally executes lpr with the list of filesnames it receives (-0 again tells that \0 is used as a delimiter).

This command will list only non-dotfiles, but also those in dotdirs.

If you also want to exclude dotdirs, extend the find command to

find . -type f ! -regex ".*/\..*" ! -name ".*"

And finally, as some versions of lpr have obviously a problem with empty files, omit these also:

find . -type f ! -regex ".*/\..*" ! -name ".*" ! -empty

As a sidenote: To get a nicer layout of your printout (includes file name) you should consider to replace lpr by a2ps.

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@Bentley4: The command I posted works here as intended with bash, tcsh and zsh. What's stange about your edited question: You are using -type d but find lists files not directories. Are you using GNU Linux? – mpy May 29 '13 at 12:44
@Bentley4: Sorry, I can't reproduce that. -type d lists only directories for me... – mpy May 29 '13 at 13:03
@Bentley4: Ok, that makes sense now. Back to my command. Are you sure find . -type f ! -name ".*" lists dotfiles? What it does is to list non-dotfiles in dotdirectories. But obviously you want to omit dotdirs, too. That's my fault, although it's not explicitely stated in the question it should be clear from the grep -v part... I'll edit my answer. – mpy May 29 '13 at 13:17
Indeed, I meant also to omit dot directories. Sorry for not being clear enough on this. – Bentley4 May 29 '13 at 13:19
@Bentley4: Can you please try, if lpr accepts more than one file? E.g. lpr file1 file2. This ( hints that it can also have to do something with empty files... – mpy May 29 '13 at 13:32

With just the find command, use its -exec option:

find . -type f ! -name ".*" -exec lpr '{}' \;

which passes every matching file name to lpr (the '{}' is expanded to the each file name in turn).

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This returns find: missing argument to -exec'`. – Bentley4 May 29 '13 at 13:42
\n should read \; – mpy May 29 '13 at 13:43

lpr can take multiple files, so

lpr ./*

...will print all files in the current directory. For recursiveness, if you have bash 4+, you can use

shopt -s globstar
lpr ./**

If sending directories to lpr causes problems, you can always use a for loop with a test (the second, recursive one requires globstar to be set):

for f in ./*; do [[ -f "$f" ]] && lpr "$f"; done
for f in ./**; do [[ -f "$f" ]] && lpr "$f"; done
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