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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How can I find all files open within a given directory?

I know I can use lsof to list open files, and I know I can use find to find files by inode within a given directory. But how can I effectively combine these two programs to list all open files which ...
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Chronologically grep or zgrep files in folder depending on file extension (xargs)

I have dozens of folders which contains both plain text log files and gzipped older logs. My goal is just a one liner to run (one folder at a time) to pull up all grep results based on timestamp ...
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Linux find command with multiple command -exec using chown and chmod

The following command runs but the two -exec commands don't run - so the file gets moved but the permissions and file owner doesn't change. find ~/Downloads/ -name "2014-12-24*" -exec sudo mv {} ...
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Telling 'Find' to exclude core system directories (“! -name -'*.svn'” doesn't work)

I'm trying to do a "search and destroy" on the copy of GHC that's currently installed on my system (so I can reinstall a new version). As part of locating any residual files which may be left over, ...
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How to find a specific row in Excell

I am looking for some formula in Excel like give me the number of the row which its first column is 5 and its second is 3 I have searched the web but I have found lookup, search, find and ... which ...
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Find all files matching desription and create hard link in directory

I would like to find all .mkv files in my download directory and create a hard link to them in my /movies/ directory. Here’s what I have so far: for i in `find /download/ -name *.mkv`; do ln "$i" ...
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find command + remove older directories according to directory time stamp

I want to delete directories that older than 180 days for example directories that older than 180 days: drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Oct 1 2009 nis drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Nov 4 2012 pkgs ...
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Search through tar files for a pattern and print the full path of what's found

I have directory tree with many tar files. Each tar file contains many other files. I want to search through all the tar files for a given pattern, and print the full path of any files within a tar ...
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Is there a way in Sublime Text to display find results in a panel at the bottom of the current window?

This is a highly useful feature in other editors eg. Eclipse and Notepad++ You get to see the list of find results printed as all the containing lines with their lines in the buffer, which gives you ...
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Mac command-line sort files into subfolders

I want to run a command on a very large folder to sort every item into subfolders based on modification date. Can this be done with one line? I.e., all files modified in July 2013 would be moved to ...
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Go to next matching page in Acrobat

In Acrobat X, if I search for a term using Command-F, I can find each match by pressing enter. Is it possible to go to the next page containing the search term (rather than to the location of the term ...
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On Linux or Windows, how do I find the path for all mp3s that are the only mp3 in that directory?

I have a Music folder and the contents look like this: Music     -ArtistA ...
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Find Executables that link an SO file

I know that I can print out the so files that an exe has linked with ldd. What I want is to go the other way. My current approach is to run something like find / -type f -executable -exec ldd {} \; | ...
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how to use tar '--remove-files' option inside find -exec?

I've got a number of very large log files which I want to compress individually so I can't use xargs or pipe stdout to get a huge compressed file. I'm trying to do this: find . -mtime +1 -iname ...
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Find files which are of size of x Bits

I want to find files which have a size of exactly x bits. However, I only know how to find files with size of x Bytes (using the find comment on *nix). How can I specify a size on bit-level?
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Move most recently modified file

I am trying to move the most recently modified file in "Pictures/". This is what I've tried: find Pictures/ -maxdepth 1 -type f -mmin -60 -print0|tail -1| xargs -0 -I {} mv "{}" Dropbox/somefolder/ ...
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find command locking the system out

I had a folder , with 4+ million files in it. I managed to delete all files , in course of a week , using "find . -delete" and "kill -9" after a minute as it locks the system otherwise. now the ...
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Preserving newline in find/grep search results

I am recursively searching for the occurrence of php scripts being called from other files using the following script. find . -exec grep -Hn $1 {} \; | grep -v ^Binary; Works great! Now, I need ...
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How to find and replace text in embedded excel spreadsheets in word? [closed]

I need to change the values of a series of tables (about 10) embedded in my word doc.
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How can I get “find” output so that I can copy and paste it to other commands?

Is it possible to print find output paths in such a way that you can copy and paste them, they will already be properly escaped so that you can execute commands on that path? Usually I have to put ...
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How to make a copy of file in the same directory

This creates a file in the same directy as 'some.file.bak'. find /home/ -ipath "*/temp/some.file" -type f -exec cp {} {}.bak \; How to make a copy in another name such as 'another.file' in the ...
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How to copy a list files to a list of directories or subdirectories

I'm trying to figure out how to copy a list of files to a list of subdirectories. eg. I have 300 files to copy into 300 subdirectories - 1 to 1. file1 -> dir1/sub file2 -> dir2/sub file3 ...
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How to list file names on Windows as the Unix find command?

I'm looking for an equivalent command line on Windows to the following Unix command: find test -name '*.txt' -print This command lists every filename which is in the 'test' folder and subfolders, ...
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Is it possible to move last modified files using ls, tail and mv?

I want to move the last 3 modified files from a directory using bash commands. However, I noticed that I can use find in the following way: find . -type f -mtime -0.5 -print -exec mv {} ...
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How to delete broken symbolic links

I have a case where a lot of symbolic links remain after the original file was deleted. It was the result after leaving a Jenkins installation saving all build logs until the number of available ...
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Passing multiple files with whitespace to python script

I have to convert a lot of .ai files to .svg, and I've found ai2svg tool. I've tried for i in `find ./ -type f -name \*.ai`; do python ai2svg.py "$i"; done But I get errors like IOError: [Errno ...
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linux: how to show permission of files (like ls -l) does on files returned by the find command

I am doing a find command to show me the files of a specific extension, like: find $directory -type f -name "*.vm" however I would like to be able to see the file permissions as well (like ls -l ...
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Why the blackslash dot (\.) in the prefix of the path?

I was running the find command looking for some config files and this is exactly what it outputted: ./log4j.xml ./log4j2-test.xml ./proxyserver/src/main/resources/log4j.xml ...
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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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How to get first line of output from command line?

I'm running a find command that's returning multiple results, but I only need the first result. A bit of googling led me to the "read" command, but I couldn't figure it out, and the man page didn't ...
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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 find all files under directory different directories

How can you find files name 'xyz' under directories name 'abc'? something like this....but its not working. find . -type d -name 'abc' -exec find {} -type f -name 'xyz' \; find . -not -path 'abc' ...
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Find not expanding variable

I tried the following and it didn't work one bit. image=.jpg,.png,.gif find . -type f -iname "*$image" Why? Does find not expand variables?
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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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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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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 ...