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stat -c'%s %n' **/* | sort -n
grep -nrHi generate.*sh .i3/
2015-07-28 16:22:55
User: deterenkelt
Functions: grep

Performs a case-insensitive (-i) recursive search (-r) and prints not only the match, but also the filename (-H) in which the match was found and corresponding line number (-n). All this is highlighted with different colours.

Requires GNU grep (v.2.21 was used for this example)

for i in `ls` ; do cd $i ; pwd; for f in `ls *.rar` ; do unrar e $f ; done ; cd .. ; done
2013-03-06 19:23:58
User: Avelinux
Functions: cd

In order to unrar several files in different subfolders, you just need to launch this command in your parent folder in order to have your files ready for manipulation and already extracted;

I did not put anything to delete the original rar files

find . -name '*.rar' -execdir unrar e {} \;
2012-09-27 02:27:03
User: kyle0r
Functions: find

From the cwd, recursively find all rar files, extracting each rar into the directory where it was found, rather than cwd.

A nice time saver if you've used wget or similar to mirror something, where each sub dir contains an rar archive.

Its likely this can be tuned to work with multi-part archives where all parts use ambiguous .rar extensions but I didn't test this. Perhaps unrar would handle this gracefully anyway?

wipe -rfqQ 10 directory/
2012-09-20 01:12:33
User: slashbang

wipes directory/ "recursively" "w/o confirming" deletion in "quick" mode for "10" passes.

find /path/to/dir -type f -print0 | xargs -0 grep -l "foo"
diff --suppress-common-lines -y <(cd path_to_dir1; find .|sort) <(cd path_to_dir2; find .|sort)
2012-02-13 12:49:33
User: knoppix5
Functions: cd diff find

Output of this command is the difference of recursive file lists in two directories (very quick!).

To view differences in content of files too, use the command submitted by mariusbutuc (very slow!):

diff -rq path_to_dir1 path_to_dir2
find . -type f -exec awk '/linux/ { printf "%s %s: %s\n",FILENAME,NR,$0; }' {} \;
find . -iname "*.flac" | cpio -pdm /Volumes/Music/FLAC
for i in $(find . -name *md5checksum_file* | sed 's/\(\.\/.*\)md5checksum_file.txt/\1/'); do cd "$i"; md5sum -c "md5checksum_file.txt"; cd -; done | tee ~/checksum_results.txt | grep -v "<current directory>"
2011-05-17 01:08:44
User: gocoogs
Functions: cd find grep md5sum sed tee

extracts path to each md5 checksum file, then, for each path, cd to it, check the md5sum, then cd - to toggle back to the starting directory. greps at the end to remove cd chattering on about the current directory.

find . -name '*.epub' -exec sh -c 'a={}; ebook-convert $a ${a%.epub}.mobi --still --more --options' \;
2011-04-21 22:03:01
User: joedhon
Functions: find sh

-exec sh -c 'var={}; do something with var' lets you do things in a sub-shell

while it's faster to type, I'm not sure if dozens of subshells execute quicker than the while loops.

find $PWD -type d | while read "D"; do cd "$D"; for filename in *.epub;do ebook-convert "$filename" "${filename%.epub}.mobi" --prefer-author-sort --output-profile=kindle --linearize-tables --smarten-punctuation --asciiize;done ;done
2011-04-19 15:51:50
User: rsimpson
Functions: cd find read

finds all epub files in the current directory and all child directories and converts them to .mobi format.

all of the ebook-convert -options are optional; the only parameters you are required to pass are the incoming file and the outgoing file, with the extension.

Has been tested on Ubuntu 10.10

svnradd() { for i in $1/*;do if [ -e "$i" ];then if [ -d "$i" ];then svn add $i;svnradd $i;else svn add $i;fi; fi;done }
2011-02-16 03:33:57
User: lkjoel

This will recursively add files/directories in SVN.


svnradd yourfile


svnradd yourdirectory


svn commit

Notice: It might not work properly, and not all files could get added.

Since there is a limit on characters, I couldn't add failure/success notices.

If you want failure/success notices, download Terminal Enhancements (http://tenhancements.tk/ )

It is included on Base Features

find . -exec chmod 777 {} \;
find . -name "*" -print0 | xargs -0 -I {} chmod 777 {}
2010-10-11 19:05:41
User: aardvark4
Functions: chmod find xargs

This will handle the case that the filename has spaces or other characters that need to be escaped.

find . -type f ! -name "*.foo" -name "*.bar" -delete
2010-10-07 20:17:38
User: sh1mmer
Functions: find

This command is recursive and will delete in all directories in ".". It will find and delete all files not specified with ! -name "pattern". In this case it's file extensions. -type f means it will only find files and not directories. Finally the -delete flag ask find to delete what it matches. You can test the command by running it first without delete and it will list the files it will delete when you run it.

grep -ZlRr -e BAD_SCRIPT_LINE * |xargs -0 sed -i 's/BAD_SCRIPT_LINE//g'
2010-08-30 22:12:57
User: homoludens
Functions: grep sed xargs

recursive find and replace. important stuff are grep -Z and zargs -0 which add zero byte after file name so sed can work even with file names with spaces.

find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 md5sum
find . -type f -exec md5sum {} \; > sum.md5
find . -type f -iname '*.flac' | while read FILE; do FILENAME="${FILE%.*}"; flac -cd "$FILE" | lame -b 192 - "${FILENAME}.mp3"; done
2010-08-15 19:02:19
User: paulochf
Functions: find read

find . -type f -iname '*.flac' # searches from the current folder recursively for .flac audio files

| # the output (a .flac audio files with relative path from ./ ) is piped to

while read FILE; do FILENAME="${FILE%.*}"; flac -cd "$FILE" | lame -b 192 - "${FILENAME}.mp3"; done

# for each line on the list:

# FILE gets the file with .flac extension and relative path

# FILENAME gets FILE without the .flac extension

# run flac for that FILE with output piped to lame conversion to mp3 using 192Kb bitrate

find . -type d -name .svn -exec chmod g+s "{}" \;
2010-04-27 16:51:00
User: mitzip
Functions: chmod find

The above command will set the GID bit on all directories named .svn in the current directory recursively. This makes the group ownership of all .svn folders be the group ownership for all files created in that folder, no matter the user.

This is useful for me as the subversion working directory on my server is also the live website and needs to be auto committed to subversion every so often via cron as well as worked on by multiple users. Setting the GID bit on the .svn folders makes sure we don't have a mix of .svn metadata created by a slew of different users.

find /path/to/dir -type f -printf "%T@|%p\n" 2>/dev/null | sort -n | tail -n 1| awk -F\| '{print $2}'
newest () { find ${1:-\.} -type f |xargs ls -lrt ; }
newest () { DIR=${1:-'.'}; CANDIDATE=`find $DIR -type f|head -n1`; while [[ ! -z $CANDIDATE ]]; do BEST=$CANDIDATE; CANDIDATE=`find $DIR -newer "$BEST" -type f|head -n1`; done; echo "$BEST"; }
2010-02-04 12:40:44
User: shadycraig
Functions: echo head

Works recusivley in the specified dir or '.' if none given.

Repeatedly calls 'find' to find a newer file, when no newer files exist you have the newest.

In this case 'newest' means most recently modified. To find the most recently created change -newer to -cnewer.