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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Xargs: change working directory to file path before executing?

I have a large folder of RAR archives. There is a significant hierarchy of folder levels. I want to unRAR the entire collection of archives all at once. I have the following one-liner, which will ...
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Difference between xargs /bin/ls and exec ls?

Hi this may be a very newbie question, but why doesnt the xargs /bin/ls work in this case? I thought it was supposed to be faster? Also what are those /fd/3 directories? sh-3.2# find / -name 'GOALS*' ...
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Is there any difference between -exec cmd {} and xargs -I?

Normally, xargs bundles everything together, but when used with the -I flag it seems to put evaluate everything as a single line. Does this mean it loses its speed advantage? Also if the -exec cmd {} ...
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find/xargs, filenames with spaces, and quotes

I'm looking for a way to get find and xargs (GNUWin32, under Win7, both programs at version 4.1) to play along, with filenames that contain spaces. Getting the filenames into xargs as one was one ...
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How can I use xargs replace but keep space delimiter?

Consider the following xargs usage: echo Alice Bob Carol | xargs -n1 echo It produces three echo statements like this echo Alice echo Bob echo Carol Consider this modified xargs usage: echo ...
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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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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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Getting xargs: unterminated quote when trying to find text in files

I'm using Mac 10.9.5 with bash shell. I'm trying to search for instances of text within a group of files, but for some reason, in one particular directory, I get this bizarre "Unterminated quote" ...
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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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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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`if` statement with stdout && passing xargs through pipe

Say I have a list.txt of files I want to check. cat list.txt and for each file, I want to perform an action cat list.txt | xargs -I {} touch {} But depending on the outcome of the action, I want ...
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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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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 can I use two parameters at once with xargs?

I need to convert videos but I don't know where are they, so I need to find them. How can I give the result and an output file name to ffmpeg with xargs ? I already find out that I can construct the ...
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xargs + pv = messed up terminal

if i want a little progress indicator on my long-running operation i can use pipeviewer: ssh pc2 cat some.file | pv -nC reading | gzip --fast | pv zipping > some.file.gz this gives me a fun ...
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How to escape file output for compatibilty with 'xargs'?

I have this command: find $1 | xargs touch But files with ' characters in their names fail with "xargs: unmatched single quote", and I guess other special characters would cause the same problem. ...
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Using xargs with $() - operator precedence?

Inspired by this question. The original question, in short, is "How to turn all :2f into - in all files within a folder". e.g. If I have a file ./abc:2fdef it should be renamed into ./abc-def. At ...
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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 ...
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How can i move files with xargs in linux

I am trying this and its not working ls file_* |xargs mv {} temp/ Any ideas
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using xargs to cd to a directory

Feeling like an idiot right now. Why does this not work? echo "/some/directory/path" | xargs -n1 cd
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How can I run mogrify over the 3 million JPG files?

I have 3 million JPG files stored in a Linux CentOS 6 server. I want to change quality to %50 file size over 1 megabyte. I wrote this command but got an "argument list too long" error: $ find -type ...
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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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Run xargs on the first word on a line

Is there a way to run xargs on only the first argument of a line? So if my input is the default output from a grep, like this: ./file1 "matching string" ./file2 "matching 2" What I want ...
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xargs process string as multiple arguments

Linux GNU xargs I have the file doit with arg1 arg2 arg3 arg4 arg1 arg2 arg3 arg4 I want to perform command arg1 arg2 arg3 arg4 command arg2 arg2 arg3 arg4 What I can't figure out is how to ...
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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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Expanding globs in xargs

I have a directory like this mkdir test cd test touch file{0,1}.txt otherfile{0,1}.txt stuff{0,1}.txt I want to run some command such as ls on certain types of files in the directory and have the * ...
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xargs substition of more than one argument

By default xargs will concatenate many lines of its input and pass then to the specified command. For example: echo -e 'line 1\nline 2\nline 3' | xargs echo results in line 1 line 2 line 3 ...
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cat “input file is output file” while trying to combine multiple files into one

The plan was to collect all source lines of Java into one file, recursively: $ find . -name '*.java' | xargs cat >> all.java But there was an error: cat: ./all.java: input file is output ...
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Detect invalid JSON files in directory tree

I want to fail a build if the directory tree contains a JSON file which is invalid according to the jsonlint package from NPM. I thought this would be as easy as running: find . -name \*.json | ...
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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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piping output of find to xargs wc gives unreasonable totals

In a project with thousands of files, I wanted to compare total lines-of-code, to lines-of-code just in PHP (discarding CSS, JS, etc). When I run find . -type f | xargs wc -l I the total on the ...
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Pipe output of awk to kill -9

I'm trying to kill any process that has to do with mysql. I'm piecing together a command, and so far, haven't come up with the right solution. One other consideration, is that the last process will ...
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xargs -I replace-str option difference

From my understanding, the following should mean exactly the same: ls -1 | xargs file {} ls -1 | xargs -I{} file {} if -I option is not specified, it is default to -I{}. I want to list all files ...
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Create multiple files and name them from command line

I need to create 300 blank files and put them in a folder on my server then name them from a list in a txt file, I have SSH access, so is it possible to do this using command line?
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Trying to understand xargs

The target is not to list temp/run*.* files. The target is to understand why the second command does not work. First command: find . \( -name 'temp' \) -print0 | xargs -0 -L 1 -I datafind ls -ltr ...
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Opening search results with Vim ONLY if they exist

:) In my never-ending effort to get lazier, I am looking for a way to improve my "Open Grep/Ack-results in Vim"-snippet. What I'm currently using to open found files is: vim $(ack -il "pattern") ...
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xargs with shell function doesn't work

I'm using shell function like zip0 () { zip -0rq "$1" "$1"; } And I wanted to use it with xargs like this. $ seq 1 3 | xargs zip0 xargs: zip0: No such file or directory But as the error message ...
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xargs in shell script

I want to group jpeg images by odd number and even number. So I did like following: $ mkdir odd $ mkdir even $ find . -regextype posix-egrep -regex ".*[13579].jpg$" -print0 | xargs -i -0 mv {} odd/ $ ...
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How can I avoid the “grep: Argument list too long” error?

I'm using Mac 10.7.5 and on a bash shell. I'm trying to find instances of a string in a group of files but keep getting this error Daves-MacBook-Pro:folder davea$ find . -name "*" | xargs grep ...
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xargs --replace/-I for single arguments

I'm trying to use xargs to run a command for each provided argument, but unfortunately the --replace/-I flag doesn't seem to work properly when conjugated with -n. It seems that {} will expand into ...
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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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Having trouble piping output of dscl -list to -dscl read using xargs

I'm trying to get every user using dscl and reading each of their records using xargs and dscl. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, though, because I would expect this command to take each line of ...
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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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Use xargs to send requests to the same server in parallel with netcat

I am trying to devise a one-liner to send text to a simple echo server - but multiple connections in parallel. This is what I'm trying: echo -e A,B,C,D | xargs -d, -i -P 4 echo {} | nc localhost ...
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Spawning multiple parallel wgets and storing results in a bash array to be pretty printed when all wgets are done

I have a long list of urls on my own website listed in a carriage return seperated text file. So for instance: http:/www.mysite.com/url1.html http:/www.mysite.com/url2.html ...
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cURL or xargs: show progress

I am using cURL to download many files and concatenate them to STDOUT. About 100,000 small files. I would like to see progress against the 100,000. Is this possible with curl or by using curl into ...
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Using find, xargs, etc. to output similarly named files

I have a folder full of HTML files: 001.htm 002.htm 003.htm … I want to run Pandoc on them to convert them to similarly named Markdown files: 001.md 002.md 003.md This command works on one of ...
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Why is xargs necessary?

Suppose I want to remove all files in a directory except for one named "notes.txt". I would do this with the pipeline, ls | grep -v "notes.txt" | xargs rm. Why do I need xargs if the output of the ...
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Control mplayer ran by xargs

I feed mplayer with file list from another command: beet ls somequery -p | xargs -d '\n' mplayer When invoked this way, mplayer doesn't react on any standard keys, all I can do is to C-c interrupt ...