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I have twenty directories and im looking for a file with a known length somewhere in one of the directories.

Is there a Linux command to search a directory for a file by size?

What is the best method to locate this file?

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The standard command to find files is find:-

find {directory} -size {byte count}c

If the directories are in disparate places, you can either use a for command to search each of the directories in turn, or create a specific directory with links (preferably hard links) to each of the directories, then find within that master directory.

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(My answer crossed with choroba's, but I am leaving it in because of the extra information I gave about multiple directories.) – AFH Jul 24 '14 at 17:44
This was perfect. I love you. – Nebur Jul 24 '14 at 22:56

Use find and its -size option:

find -size NNNc

c means the size in bytes.

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