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searching large number of possible file names in large directory tree

I need to search a large directory tree for a large number of possible file names, i.e. I have an input file with a long list of strings that I need to find in the tree (or as below: print all those ...
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What does \; mean in a script?

What does \; mean in the following command? I’m also not sure what {} means. Is \; really necessary? find ./ -name file_1 -exec cp {} ./ \;
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How to execute files which are found by find

I have some executable files under a directory tree. I want to find them and execute them the most simple way. I've tried this so far: find . -perm 0775 -type f | xargs exec But exec is not an ...
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How to capture diff output from find command exec?

I am using Ubuntu (Precise 12.04) I am trying to write some bash script to see if file is changed via awk replace by using diff command. I did a test with the following: #! /bin/bash diff fileA.htm ...
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Script bash delete older files on directories with special chracters

I use a script for delete older files on Trash or directories type Junk, or similar. It works fine except when it has special characters or spaces in the names ...
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Why doesn't xargs on find work with a series of commands using pushd and popd to walk a directory subtree?

On a Linux Centos 4 machine, I am trying to create a simple bash command line to walk a directory structure below an arbitrary current directory and in each subdirectory touch a file, list the ...
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How to use find to fill in variable in Shell script

I am making simple Shell script form some boring-ever-repeating job. Script changes directory correctly, and now I want to run other scripts based on argument I typed when running script. Other ...
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How can I restrict a bash find to only specific sub-sub-directories

I'm trying to list all the files in a specific sub-directory but different directories which are themselves on a different volume. The following works, but only on a fully specific sub-directory (and ...
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Why backslash before asterisk in `find`?

In this command: find . -name \*.pyc -delete Why is a backslash needed before *.pyc ?
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Adding logic to 'find' directories containing either [criteria A] or [criteria B]

I have inherited a vast media archive without a unifying organizational scheme. Its contents date back at least 10 years. I have been asked to find a needle in this hay stack, and I have some guesses ...
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Find all files where other files with different extension dont already exist

I want to use the find command, to find all files with a certain extension (avi), where the same filename with another extension (mp4) does not already exist. so considering these files: a.avi a.mp4 ...
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I'm trying to list size of folders plus selected files on a portable disk

For the purpose of finding the location of my data among many portable disks, I'm trying to create plaintext lists of the contents of all folders and files of certain extensions and sort them by size. ...
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How to exec two commands in one find

I would like to find specific folders echo their name ls -l their contents My problem is that I don't know how to combine an echo {} and an ls -l {} in one find command. line for echo: sudo ...
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Find two newest change files and compare them

I have a script that wgets a .txt file and datifies the names. I'd like to diff the changes between the newest & next-to-newest file. This is how I am able to select them: ls -t -l | awk ...
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find command with exec sh doesn't work in shell script but in commandline (raspberrypi)

I want to find "old" folders in /volume1/photo/ipcam which are named like "????-??-??" and move corresponding folders within dropbox (with the same directory structure /ipcam/...) to the subfolder ...
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*nix find -type flag: can it accept multiple types?

I want to use find for getting all simlinks and regular files. I can use the -type for these individually, and I can use -o to string them together, but I apparently can't do -type fl. Is there a way ...
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String Search: find and grep and?

Task: 1) find a string 'decor' inside files in a directory 2) get # of occurrence for decor for each file that has it The first part of the problem is partially solved with find . -type f | grep -i ...
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Find the largest file in directory without size in output

I need to find the biggest file Only one file should be listed Search should work in given directory and subdirectories Output should display absolute path to the file with filename find "$PARAM" ...
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moving the directories using find command

I am trying to find particular directory in one path and move the directory in other path using find. Source directory looks like below, /Dir1/country1/month1/date1,date2,date3 ...
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'Du' command does not list all files

I receive different number of files with du -h and find: loom@loom-desktop$ du -h ~/storage/Apps/*/trunk/test/*.cpp | wc -l 35 loom@loom-desktop$ find ~/storage/Apps/ -path */trunk/test/*.cpp | wc -l ...
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Deleting millions of files

I had a dir fill up with millions of gif images. Too many for rm command. I have been trying the find command like this: find . -name "*.gif" -print0 | xargs -0 rm Problem is, it bogs down my ...
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Unhide all .htaccess files on mac

I am trying to unhide all the .htaccess files in my home folder. Below I've pasted what I'm using now, but it isn't working. find ~/ -iname ".htaccess" | xargs chflags nohidden "{}" Anyone knows ...
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Permanently set `find` regextype

GNU find allows the use of different regex formats via the -regextype option, but as far as I can tell I have to type out -regextype <whatever> every single time which is onerous. If one wants ...
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linux find: searching for files smaller than 2Kb misses the ones between 1 and 2Kb

I just stumbled in an oddity with the find command on Linux, in a nutshell I had the need to find all files smaller than 2Kb in a certain folder, so I issued the command: find /folder_to_search_into/ ...
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Finding a file by md5sum

Given the md5sum of a file, I want to know if anywhere else in the directory tree is another file with the same md5sum (but maybe under a different name). How can I do that in bash? P.S.: To ...
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How make a compressed tar when there are too many filenames for the shell to expand on a single line?

Normally I would just do something like: tar -czf archive.tar.gz *.csv But when there are too many files in the directory for the shell to expand on a single line this doesn't work. In these cases ...
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rm -r: exclude certain subdirectories

The problem I have a directory structure, e. g. something like this (here trailing slashes represent folders): ./A ./B/A/A ./B/A/B ./B/B/ ./B/C ./C/ And I need to recursively remove everything ...
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Listing files, including archive contents

Is there some method to find, from the shell, all files matching a file pattern including those inside archives (specifically: zip archives)? The simulation package "VASP" produces files called ...
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Argument list too long for xargs/exec

I'm working on a CentOS server and I have to move around and cat together millions of files. I've tried many incarnations of something like the below, but all of them fail with an argument list too ...
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Finding files which contain a certain string using find (1) and grep (1)

find . -type f -print -exec cat {} \; | grep some string is not printing the file path in the above statement. Ubuntu, bash 4
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Print full path of files and sizes with find in Linux

Here are the specs: Find all files in / modified after the modification time of /tmp/test, exclude /proc and /sys from the search, and print the full path of the file along with human readable size. ...
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Efficient way to search string within file find and grep

I am searching all files containing a specific string on a filer (on an old HP-UX workstation). I do not know where the files are located in the file system (there are many directories, with hudge ...
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Find a directory only contained within a certain folder

I have a directory structure like: foo |__bar |__bin | |__tmp | |__bez |__tmp I need to find the tmp directory in bin/tmp, but not the one in bez/tmp. It seems to me ...
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How can I make `find` find files in reverse chronological order?

I want to find files in subdirectories sorted by timestamp (of creation), with most recent first. I have looked at the man page but it seems to only seems to let you filter by timestamp rather than ...
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On Linux, how can I find all files that contain a string and delete them?

I want to delete all files that contain the string foo. How can I do this using bash in Linux?
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How to combine find and grep to recursively search for str or str2 in *.html and *.php files from /home/smith/sourcecode?

How can i combine find and grep to search for str1 or str2, recursively, in all *.html and *.php files starting from a directory named /home/smith/source? The output only needs to list files (with ...
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Finding not empty directories without subdirectories and specific sorting

I have a problem with my "homework" on studies. I have to list all not empty directories from /var and /usr, which do not have subdirectories and their owner is not root user. Also, for each ...
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Finding folders only

My harddrive is in a mess, so I decided to do a cleanup. As a part of this, I want to merge all folders containing music into one. What I want to do is, look for any *.mp3's and *.aac's on my drive ...
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How list file by range of date?

I would like to list files with 3 days years old. I found this one at stackoverflow: find . -type f -printf "%-.22T+ %M %n %-8u %-8g %8s %Tx %.8TX %p\n" | sort | cut -f 2- -d ' ' | grep 2012 But I ...
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Convert symlinks to hard links

I'd like to recursively convert soft links to hard links in a directory. I've tried something like this: for f in *; do (mv $f{,~} && ln $(readlink $f~) && rm $f~) done …but it ...
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How to move old file with previous command

this command finds me files which I want to move to old folder find /home/ -maxdepth 1 -type f -mtime +1 now how I cann result of this command to move command mv (previous files) /old
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Why doesn't this for loop work?

This is on Ubuntu 12.04 I'm trying to figure out how to get ffmpeg to do a batch conversion of FLACs to MP3, recursively. If I cd into a directory and use for f in *.flac; do ffmpeg -i "$f" -c:a ...
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Find difference with mtime - and +

Can someone explain the difference with mtime - and + switch as both are not bringing back the results I need. I'm looking to delete all files older then 5 days find /mnt/sdb1/tmp/ -type f -mtime +5 ...
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Use variable in find command

I'm trying to create a simple script that deletes files based on the ending of thier names and the date. I can't figure out how to do this. This is how I do it: DA='date +%d' find ...
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Use test to check for condition with find and execdir option

I think I can keep my question short. Why does the following command produce no output? find /usr/share/themes -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 -type d -execdir test -d {}/gnome-shell \; I expected it to ...
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linux find command issue

I have a shell script which was written for Mac OSX and now ported to a linux machine. I don't have access to a linux machine currently( I will be setting up a virtual machine soon) Some statements in ...
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Find: exclude external hard drive from search

Is there a way to perform a find command on my whole computer, excluding external hard drives? I've been using the find command to search for junk left over from uninstalled software, like (from the ...
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Bash script: Find a file inside specific folder in linux

I want to write a script to find all executable files under a specific directory which I want to pass in parameter. I am able to find all executable files using a predefined directory but I want to be ...
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count files in a list of directories

I have file with a list of directories that I would like to know how many files are in each directory. .../images/idsuffix/userids/ This will give me the count of files and directories for ...
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how do I write find expression (atime = ctime) (access time = change time).

I want to find a set of files to remove that have not been access since their last inode change. Files in which the last activity happened when they were moved into the directory they are currently ...