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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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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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 ...
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Is there a way to use > operator in find -exec

I'm trying to empty lots of files under a certain folder. >file or cat /dev/null > file or echo "" > file can empty file. find . -type f -exec blahblah {} \; can find files and do something ...
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Combining two linux commands

Im trying to use mergecap to merge 15 old pcap files in a folder. I tried to use FILES=($(find /mnt/md0/capture/DCN/ -maxdepth 1 -type f -name "*.pcap" -print0 | xargs -0 ls -lt | tail -15 | awk ...
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grep out condition and add the values of the grep value

I have a scenario that a csv file has the values of : abcd FAILURE 7 abcd SUCCESS 12 efgh SUCCESS 3 efgh FAILURE 5 mnop SUCCESS 6 mnop SUCCESS 4 abcd FAILURE 5 efgh SUCCESS 2 mnop SUCCESS 1 ...
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Unix delete with find: Delete all files that are listed in a file

In my root directory, I have a couple folders named something like AA, BB, CC etc., each containing files in the format AA1001.txt, BB1002.txt etc. In my root folder, I also have a file all_to_delete ...
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Excluding a file from UNIX “find” results based on existence of another file

I have a big bunch of directories, each with a series of .pdf files. Some of these files have successfully converted to .csv, some have not. An example directory listing using find ./: ...
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How to find special characters in Linux Vim

I want to find special characters in a text file. It is known that the UTF-8 encoded file contains Chinese characters , "-", "^A"(control-A, which is one of special characters), numbers, ...
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Finding files that are mostly NUL

I've got a hard drive copy that went bad where many files are of correct size but are completely filled with NUL (0x00) bytes. However, a couple of the files seem to have a couple KB of actual data. ...
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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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Configure find not to even look in directories, if directory name maches 2012

I'm using find /home/myid/dir-with100directories/ -mmin -5 -not -path "*/2012/* to find all files, except not in directory 2012, but somehow it works really really slow. And my guess is that find ...
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How is the OR boolean in find command?

How do you tell the find command to find string a OR b? Like: find . -type f -iname "aaa" OR "bbb" Any ideas?
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find -mtime fails to return results that ls -l show are there

On a Red Hat Linux system, I have a directory with several hundred files. I wanted to delete all files older than 24 hours. I did the deletion using find . -type f -mtime +1 -delete. Trivial stuff, ...
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batch find/replace using sed or awk

In every file with filename matching pattern1 I want to search for lines which start with pattern2, and add some string in a new line above those matched lines. As a simple example suppose I'm ...
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How do I search for a string in a group of files when some of those files contain spaces?

I'm running Mac 10.7.5. In a terminal, I'll use this command for finding files with strings find src/main -name "*" | xargs grep -i 'mystring' However when the files contain spaces, I'll get ...
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using awk with find -exec

I have a directory structure with 14 directories containing a bunch of files containing data in a three-column format (separated with tabs). I intended to use find and awk to extract the second column ...
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Is there anything faster than `find . | wc -l` to count files in a directory?

Not uncommonly I have to count the number of files in a directory, sometimes this runs into the millions. Is there a better way than just enumerating and counting them with find . | wc -l ? Is there ...
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How to use find with -delete when looking for directories

I know I can do find . -name '*.pyc' -delete But when I'm loooking for specific directories, -delete fails reporting that directories are not empty. Is it possible to force find to delete non ...
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How to find a file whose size is less than 10 MB?

I need to find a file in my current directory whose size should be less than or equal to 10 MB. ls -lh gives me the file size of each file but not sure how to find the files whose size are less than ...
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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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Move multiple files from filename list to a new folder

I have a list of filename in list.txt, which have 'abc1.png, abc2.png, abc3.png....'. However, I don't know the directories where the files are. I want to find all files in the txt file, and move ...
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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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Check if a Row Range Contains another Row Range values in Excel

I have an Excel file that contains two different columns having Customer Numbers (let's say CustomerA and CustomerB columns). What I would like to do to check which of the CustomerA values match the ...
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How to find and copy files with spaces?

I am trying to find mp3 files in any subdirectories and to copy them, for example, in the current directory. Here is the command I tried: find . -name *.mp3 -ls | gawk '{printf("cp %s .\n", $11);}' ...
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Why did “find . -iname ”*.jpg“ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 rm * ” delete all files?

The expected behaviour was to delete all .jpgs, but it deleted all files in the directory. How can the command be changed to find and delete all xyz files?
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Keep Find bar open across all other tabs in Firefox 25

Previously, the find bar (triggered using Ctrl+F which appears at the bottom) used to stay active across all open tabs with the search term retained. This is no longer the case with Firefox 25. I ...
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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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Copy specific subfolders on linux

I have similar file sturecture: /home/dave/documents/static/ /home/static/ /home/dave/pictures/static/ /home/dave/otherfolders/ ... I want to copy from this directory only folders named static. ...
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Find files based on content and sender, receiver and based on date range provided

I would like to find files based on content and sender, receiver based date range provided More details below: Find files between date range (where folder names are the dates in the format yyyyMMdd) ...
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How to find the file which was last updated on my Linux box?

I'm executing a command which updates a file in an unknown location on my system. What is the the find/locace/whatever command that will tell me, which file was the last to update on the system? This ...
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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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Word Find - find any highlighted text that starts with a squared bracket

Is there a way to Find highlighted text that ONLY begins with a open square bracket? I've tried using the square bracket as a wildcard, but it won't find any adjoining words. For example, I have a ...
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How to only remove file extensions while keeping other parts as they are

I have quite a few files with different extensions sitting under sub folders like 'aaa' /f1/aaa/a.txt /f1/aaa/a.sql /f1/f2/aaa/b.txt /f1/f2/aaa/b.csv what I need is to extract all these files from ...
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How to remove string from JPEG files using find?

I have many files in many media catalogs with some string and I want to remove this string. The string is contained inside JPEG files and looks like: ...
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Linux: Trying to find files from a list recursively and copy them somewhere else

I'm trying to find files from a list and copy them to another place. So I started my test loop like that: # cat ~/my_filelist.txt | while read file ; do echo "$file" ; done After I hit enter all ...
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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 command copy found files

I have mounted an image and have used the find command to show all file types found on the image ~/mounted $ find . -type f -exec file {} \; I know how to direct the output of the command to a .txt ...
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What is the meaning of -perm -400 in find command?

I found in a text the command find / -name "foo" -perm -400. What does the -perm -400 indicate?
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Batch run mogrify including subdirectories

The command mogrify -format jpg *.NEF when run in a directory converts all *.NEF files to JPEGs. What I want to do is to be able to run mogrify in *.NEF files inside subdirectories as well using one ...