utility in Unix-like operating systems for passing large numbers of arguments to programs that can only take a small number of arguments

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printing matching lines when greping all files in a directory

I'm searching within Java files for some occurrence of a phrase: find . -name '*.java' | xargs grep -l 'string' How do I change this command to print to the shell all of the lines which contain a ...
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How do I use find to copy all found files to a new name in their same directories?

I've got a simple command that does almost what I want. The following will locate all files with a suffix of '_compressed.swf' and copy each into its same directory with a '.bak2' appended: find ...
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How do I execute find with GNU xargs to traverse a set of directories?

$ echo {a,b,c}.h d e.h |xargs -IA find A -name '*.h' find: `a.h b.h c.h d e.h': No such file or directory $ echo -e a.h\\nb.h c.h d e.h |xargs -IA find A -name '*.h' a.h find: `b.h c.h d e.h': No such ...
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Recursive move files of specific type to a specific path

In ~/my/path, I want to move all files that contain string "(J)" and have file type of ".foo" to ~/my/path/j I'm trying: [me ~/my/path]$ find -type f -name "*(J)*.foo" -print0 | xargs mv -0 j/ No ...
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xargs vs backtick

More silly questions from the Linux n00b. =D I'm curious about the performance ramifications of using xargs vs. backticks. For example, what's the different between: find ./ -name foo* | xargs rm ...
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find: -exec vs xargs (aka Why does “find | xargs basename” break?)

I was trying to find all files of a certain type spread out in subdirectories, and for my purposes I only needed the filename. I tried stripping out the path component via basename, but it did't work ...