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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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 ...
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How can i keep and remove some charecters from specific line notepad++

i have about 1000 of 80000 rows that looks like these lines and with different disposition ...
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How to quickly find a file by name in package explorer in Eclipse?

How to quickly find a file by name in package explorer in Eclipse? I know that Ctrl+Shift+R and type in the first few letters of the name of the file, can open the file, but the caveat is that the ...
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linux find regex - can I use 'search', instead of match?

the find utility is powerful, but I'd need some additional features. its -regex search treats each filename (or dirname) as a string and applys given regex only at the beginning of name. like ...
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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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find command: search for files owned by many users in one command

In Linux, is there a way to do a search for files owned by multiple users (or group(s) of users) with the "find" command? Something like this? find . -user john, akido
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opening number of files in vim found using find

I do, find . -type f -name '*.c' to find the list of .c files in my project. I want to open them all in the vim. I did something like this. find . -type f -name '*.c' | xargs -- vim It was not ...
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Find and replace numbers in Excel?

I have a spreadsheet with @ 4000 cells containing a summation like (for example) =439+23+678+1. [Stock market data.] Each number in the formula could vary between 1 and 5 digits. I need to replace ...
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How can I find all files on a folder tree that have a none alpha numeric characters in it

I have taken over from someone else a lot of historic data. However the file names are totaly random and badly formatted IMHO. To start with I want to get a list of all files that contain spaces, or ...
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find -exec should end with \; or +?

According to the man find -exec option must end with ;. The expression must be terminated by a semicolon (``;''). But when I use find-grep in Emacs, the expression end with +. Which one should I ...
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Recursively delete all .exe files with the same name as the containing folder

I want to delete all .exe files in the current folder and all the sub-folders. I read that find . -name "*.exe" -exec rm -f '{}' \; will do, but I want to do the delete only if the container folder ...
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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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Find and return sheet name

I am looking for help in finding a string within a workbook and returning the sheet name (Address) or where the same can be found, e.g. Let's look for Lisbon which is located in sheet Portugal (sheet ...
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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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Why is [find] running incredible fast, if run twice?

In the Dash of my Ubuntu/Linux system are two versions of the same program. To find where the corresponding .desktop files are located I used find / -type f -name 'Sublime Text.desktop' 2> ...
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What does “{} \;” mean in find (in Linux)?

Sometimes I see a command like find . -name * -exec ls -a {} \; I was asked to execute this. What does {} \; mean here?
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Using find before wc eliminates total

I'm using find to search through all subdirectories and current directory to find all .py files, and then run wc -l to find number of lines. However, when I use find with wc, the Total field is left ...
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Find .gz file using original file

I would like to retrieve a .gz file from a directory based on original file name. Please let me know how to do this. In the below example, I know only original file name (02.txt), and I need to ...
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find: Find Files (Strictly) Older than Another File

When I deploy my software, I ship a zipped file to the target server and extract it's contents. In addition to this, at the same time I also place a metadata file in the directory, detailing what was ...
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Unix command for finding and deleting folders with folder names in date format

I have folder names in the below date format 20130801 20130802 20130803 20130804 20130805 20130806 20130807 20130808 . . . 20130819 Similarly ,I have folders created from past two years for each ...
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SSH private Keys

I want to use a simple command to count the number of ssh keys in a users home folder, but would rather use the output from the /etc/passwd file as input. The find command is easy: find ...
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Use 'find' to find and delete large files of a certain type

I am trying to find and rm -rf large files in RHEL, but what I would expect from this command that would give me purely the file directories, feeding them into rm -rf, it is not removing them. My FU ...
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find files with spaces modified in last 60 days and tar.gz in files no bigger then 4gb with date

I maintain a file server. I need to backup files that have changed in a period of time. First i compressed up everything to 4gb files and backed up to dvd. But 7z that I was using 7z a -t7z ...
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How to separately count number of files, directories, symbolic links and hard links within a single find run?

To check a successfull migration I'm using find to count the number of files, directories, symbolic links and files with more than one hard link. As the directories to check contain a huge number of ...
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Using xargs with find

I want to exclude some directories from searching files and than run the find command to find required files. I am using below command find . -maxdepth 1 -type d | grep -E -i 'sensors' | grep -v ...
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why don't file search utilities just load and parse the MFT?

I've noticed when I search for a file by name (in Windows or Linux) it's typically a disk-intensive process, especially in Windows. It seems that the utility (Windows Search, or "find" in Cygwin) ...
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Running find and xargs in background

I want to run this command in background because the process could take a long time. How can I send it to a background process? find /tmp/ -type f -mtime +3 | xargs rm -Rf This does not work: find ...
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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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How do I return only file names from the find command?

I'm looking to get a list of just file names (without the rest of the path) when executing the find command from a terminal. How do I accomplish this on the mac?
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Removing files older then 1 month, but leave one file per month

I try to script something similar to Removing files older then 1 month, but leave files created at the 1st day of the month. The difference is that I need one file per month. I am using the script ...
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How do I 'find' and 'replace across multiple documents

Is there a simple way to do a 'find' and 'replace' across multiple Word documents. Need the headers and footers also to be covered for the replacement. Have tried a VB macro from the web but it didn't ...
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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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Find match in Excel 2010 from 2 sheets & copy corresponding contents from sheet 2 to sheet 1

I have 2 worksheets: Worksheet 1 with Column H need to find a match on Worksheet 2 with Column F If a match is found, I need to copy the contents of worksheet 2 column g to worksheet 1 column E. ...
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Find directories containing a certain number of files

Was hoping I would be able to do this with the find command but I can see no test in the manual for doing what I want. I would like to be able to find any directories in the working directory that ...
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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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Checking version of Applications installed in ~/Applications with unknown username

I'd like to check the version of Firefox through Apple Remote Desktop of all managed computers. I have written this, but it only checks for Firefox in /Applications /bin/cat ...
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How to exclude files using find

Unlike the --exclude parameter for rsync that can excludes both files and directories, the *nix find command's -prune parameter can only exclude directories. So how can I exclude a certain type of ...
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Linux command find -print. When to I need this option?

What is the difference between: find . -name "*.txt" and find . -name "*.txt" -print ? I mean what is the use of print in find. I see that it prints the results anyway so why is this option ...
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Find command doesn't work for certain subdirectories

I just downloaded some source code from a repository and I'm trying to locate a specific file in it. For simplicity, assume that the entire project has the following directory hierarchy ...
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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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excel 2010 how to identify if a word is present in a group of cells or a row [duplicate]

I would like to use a formula to identify if a cell in a group of cell contains a specific word. Example, I'd like to search if a cell has the content X The formula's response could be 1 if found, 0 ...
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Unix - Searching for every file with a certain string in it

I am searching for every file within a root directory and want to search every subdirectory as well. I have tried grep -r "message" * but I am not sure that this searches every subdirectory, any ...
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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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Linux command to find all instances of a file pattern?

I'm looking for a way to scan a directory recursively and print out all instances of any file that ends ".qfx". Thus, for a given directory: somedir/ fizz.qfx buzz.qfx blah/ ...
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In the Mac terminal, how do I “find” a file and then quickly cd to the parent directory?

I want to open terminal, find a file or folder, and quickly navigate to that folder or the parent directory of the file. I can quickly get the path using find ~ -name 'filename.txt' but I can't ...
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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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How can I find a path by providing only part of the path?

Let's say I need to find this path /<some_where_in_root>/find/this/path and the only information I have is /find/this/path. What would be the best means of locating the full directory? I ...
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How to collect all media file in a mac directory structure?

I'm trying to copy all media files (Mac file type of Image or Movie) to the same directory structure, only taking media files. Is there a more efficient way than what I've got below? Is there a ...