The find command in Windows systems is used to filter lines of input text, and return those matching the filter. The find command in *nix system is used to locate files or folders that match a certain criteria.

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OS X: Copying only files without a special string in filename

I have to copy only files from a folder that don't have following string in its filename: NNNNxNNNN (a 3 or 4 digit number followed by the character x followed by a 3 or 4 digit number again -> it's ...
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How to get the time information of the files after find | grep keyword command?

Now I know how to use find | grep keyword to get the file I want. But after that, how should I know the size, create_time info of each file I found? For example, after find | grep tutorial, I got ...
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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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Windows DOS Command for Finding folder name with specific characters & select it

Trying to write batch file code for copying contents of a folder with path "C:\ABC" to another folder whose exact name is unknown ( its a Profile data folder of firefox) Profiles of Firefox are ...
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Permission denied when attempting to mv (sudo su userName)

I am currently working on a backup script to log into my production server and pull the latest SQL dumps to my staging server. I have no issue pulling the SQL dumps but I do have an issue with moving ...
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In windows, is there a way to count the amount of times a string appears in a file

I am currently trying to write a batch script and at this point, I need to find a string, "null", and determine how many times it is shown in the file. I'm downloading an API from a website ...
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Use 'find' command to search for PNG files, pipe output to imagemagick for batch conversion

I've got a directory with thousands of image files, mostly JPG but some PNG. The files have no extension, they're just numbered. I need to convert all of them to JPG. Using find I can get a list of ...
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Using batch to verify a process is running with WMIC

I am attempting to write a script that will check if a process is running (in my case a virtual machine) @echo off wmic process where name="VirtualBox.exe" | find "GitHubEnterprise" /c > tmpcount ...
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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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Linux remove files without giving error

I have this running as cron job /usr/bin/find /backups/* -mtime +5 -exec rm -rf {} \; But it gives me this error on email /usr/bin/find: `/backups/Jun-20-2014': No such file or directory Is ...
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Detect symlink errors in installation

It is my understanding that the Linux Filesystem Hierarchy is supposed to be structured like this: /usr/lib/prog-ver - contains the actual installation of prog (e.g., java) version ver (e.g., ...
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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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find: show directories which contain certain subdirectories

I have a list of directories /u2/tip/coy/inter/fcs/ /u2/tip/coy/inter/fcs/devel /u2/tip/coy/inter/fcs/ecom_flink /u2/tip/coy/inter/fcs/totalstable /u2/tip/coy/inter/fcs/develbi ...
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How do you search for a phrase on a page in Chrome? (Not a string match)

I'm using Chrome on a Mac, and want to be able to easily search for a phrase on a page, not an exact string match. For instance, on this page: ...
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Direct errors in find to /dev/null by default

On my OSX command line, find directs errors to STDOUT. I find this very inconvenient, and I also find it annoying to add 2>/dev/null to the end of the command every time. This brings up several ...
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How to List Files greater than particular timestamp?

I have a directory in linux which has a list of log files where log files get auto generated if some job runs. Each log file gets appended with the timestamp like "JobName_TimeStamp" UPDATED: ...
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How do I remove HTML from MS Word 2010 document with Find/Replace Wildcards/Regex?

I found a website to help me choose domain names. I have my shortlist which I can't export, but I need to share the list with some other team members first. It also won't let me copy and paste the ...
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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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Is there a way to show “File not found” or a message alike when using the `find` command?

I'm trying to check the existence of several files, without knowing in advance where the files are located. So, I thought of find as the de facto utility to do this... It works as expected, but the ...
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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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find -regex not recognizing \d digit

I have a directory structure that looks like the following: processor0/10 processor0/10.1 processor0/10.2 processor1/10 processor1/10.1 processor1/10.2 ...etc... processor7/10 processor7/10.1 ...
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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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remove permission spam for find is not working tcsh enviroment

Hello this question is asked a lot like here: However, my environment on (csh or tcsh) seems to add a space but I can't figure out why. for instance, on bash: find /. -user `whoami` 2>/dev/null ...
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linux find file modiffied past exact hour

I would like to find files that are modiffied past exact hour. example: File Time Modified test1.log 14.45PM test2.log 15.01PM ...
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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 have file called songs and i'm trying to find the longest and shortest song name using AWK

RANK NAME BAND YEAR GENERE DOMESTIC/INTERNATIONAL 206:Reach Out, I'll Be There:The Four Tops:1978:Pop:3/2 207:Bye Bye Love:The Everly Brothers:1950:Classic:3/2 ...
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find . file -/+ size except *.filetype

Alright what I am looking for is a way to do something that can find all files less than size except filenames with an extension or more. May be more than one. find . -type f -size -20M -name /! ...
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find using regexp and echo matches

I have about 50 users in /home/ directory and I have cloned a git repository to everyone: Executed at /home/ as root user: find . -maxdepth 1 -type d ! -name . -prune -exec git clone ...
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Using find and wc -L to find files containing lines longer then 500 characters

I have this command: find . -name "*.php" -exec wc -L '{}' \; And I believe it gives me the count of the longest line for each file. But I'm looking for a way to only print out the count and file ...
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Are there limits to file length piped from find to xargs or using find -exec +

In question [ Find and delete all the directories named "test" in linux ] on this site, the best answer talks about using these two commands: find . -name test -type d -print0|xargs -0 rm ...
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Using Unix's find command to find directories matching name but not subdirectories with same name

Edited: I mistakenly misrepresented my problem. A more accurate example now appears below. I'd like to recursively walk all directories inside a target directory, and stop each recursive call after ...
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How do I extract multiple files at once?

I have a number of rar files stored like so: /torrents/televisionshowS01E0$X/nameoftelevisionshow.rar where $X is a variable ={0,1,2,...,12} I would like to extract them using a single command to ...
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mdfind -onlyin not working in hidden directories recursvily? How to use it properly?

I am trying to find all files named doc.py in one of my virtualevns (called data_science), which are all in hidden directory .virtualenvs under /Users/adni and so I go: mdfind -onlyin data_science ...
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Why result of find command in linux is unsorted?

When I do a find the results are apparently in random order, shouldn't they be sorted by name?
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Two ways - two different results

I ran two seperate commands each one produced a different number. Can anyone help me figure out why? find -type d -name *log* | du -hcs find . -type d -name '*log*' -print0 | xargs -0 du -hcs
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Find & du to calculate total size vs xargs

Can someone confirm that the following one liner will produce the total human readable size of all the directories which FIND locates as having log in the name? find -type d -name *log* | du -hcs
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Find and delete line in .htaccess file

I am trying to figure out how could possible a command do search and delete line from .htaccess file . the following line is the line i want to search and delete RedirectMatch ...
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Find all php files which first or second line has more than N characters

I would like to find all php files on my server which first line or second line has more than N characters. I would like to print both the file name and the line content that was found. How would I ...
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Find word that has more than 50 characters in all php files

I am trying to use find in combination with grep to find all the php files in my web server which have a word (any sequence of characters except whitespace) with more than 50 characters. I have this ...
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How to find files which do not contain their own filename

When using templates to generating files, it's important to include the template's name inside the template. When reading a generated file, it helps you find the template used to generate it. I want ...
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How to find files that contain a string in its content OR the path?

Find and grep does not work afaik because I need to create a list of files that satisfy EITHER requirement, not both. I assume this requires more than a one-liner. Any suggestions?
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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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Why does find take so long

When using find to search for a file name (locally mounted drives only) why does it take so long? Is it searching more than just the catalog?
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Trying to find folders that only contain one file

I would like a find command (or similar) that when pointed at a folder, it would list all the files that live inside that folder or any of its subfolders, but only if the folder contains a single ...
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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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post-order for find -exec?

I want to remove certain directories from a hiearchy using 'find -exec' find $rootdir -type d -name target -exec rm -rf {} \; I get error messages find: `foo/bar/target': No such file or directory ...