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find . -type f|perl -lne '@x=sort {$b->[0]<=>$a->[0]}[(stat($_))[7],$_],@x;splice(@x,11);print "@{$x[0]}";END{for(@x){print "@$_"}'
2012-01-08 14:43:43
User: bazzargh
Functions: find perl
Tags: sort perl find

A different approach to the problem - maintain a small sorted list, print the largest as we go, then the top 10 at the end. I often find that the find and sort take a long time, and the large file might appear near the start of the find. By printing as we go, I get better feedback. The sort used in this will be much slower on perls older than 5.8.

find $(pwd) -maxdepth 1 -name "*" -printf "%p\n"
find `pwd` -type f \( -iname thumb.php -or -iname timthumb.php \) -exec grep -HP 'define ?\(.VERSION' {} \;
2011-12-27 11:33:54
User: djkee
Functions: find grep

Good for finding outdated timthumb.php scripts which need to be updated, anything over 2.0 should be secure, below that timthimb is vulnerable and can be used to compromise your website.

find `pwd` -maxdepth 1 -exec ls --color -d {} \;
find -iname "*.pdf" -exec pdfinfo -meta {} \;|awk '{if($1=="Pages:"){s+=$2}}END{print s}'
2011-12-13 15:02:11
User: Barabbas
Functions: awk find
Tags: awk find pdf count sum

This sums up the page count of multiple pdf files without the useless use of grep and sed which other commandlinefus use.

mplayer -endpos 0.1 -vo null -ao null -identify *.avi 2>&1 |grep ID_LENGTH |cut -d = -f 2|awk '{SUM += $1} END { printf "%d:%d:%d\n",SUM/3600,SUM%3600/60,SUM%60}'
find /usr/include/ -name '*.[c|h]pp' -o -name '*.[ch]' -print0 | xargs -0 wc -l | tail -1
find /usr/include/ -name '*.[c|h]pp' -o -name '*.[ch]' -exec cat {} \;|wc -l
2011-12-01 19:58:52
User: kerim
Functions: cat find wc

Count your source and header file's line numbers

For example for java change the command like this

find . -name '*.java' -exec cat {} \;|wc -l

find . -type f -exec awk '/linux/ { printf "%s %s: %s\n",FILENAME,NR,$0; }' {} \;
find `pwd` -name '.*' -prune -o \( -name *.h -o -name *.cpp \) -print | cscope -bi-
2011-11-02 08:43:40
User: kev
Functions: find
Tags: find cscope

cd /

find `pwd` -name '.*' -prune -o \( -name *.h -o -name *.cpp \) -print | cscope -bi-

export CSCOPE_DB=/cscope.out

vim +'set cst'

find . ! -name "$(printf '*[\001-\037\177]*')"
grep -Ilr "<?php" .
for i in /usr/bin/* ;do touch ${i##*/}; done
2011-10-20 12:38:45
User: _john
Functions: touch
Tags: bash find xargs zsh

You could avoid xargs and sed in this case (shorter command and less forking): At least bash and zsh have some mighty string modifiers.

I would also suggest using find with exec option to get more flexibility. You may leave out or include "special" file for example.

alias busy='rnd_file=$(find /usr/include -type f -size +5k | sort -R | head -n 1) && vim +$((RANDOM%$(wc -l $rnd_file | cut -f1 -d" "))) $rnd_file'
2011-10-16 00:05:59
User: frntn
Functions: alias cut find head sort vim wc

Enhancement for the 'busy' command originally posted by busybee : less chars, no escape issue, and most important it exclude small files ( opening a 5 lines file isn't that persuasive I think ;) )

This makes an alias for a command named 'busy'. The 'busy' command opens a random file in /usr/include to a random line with vim.

#!/bin/bash find | grep -P -v "(class)|(zip)|(png)|(gz)|(gif)|(jpeg)|(jpg)" | xargs -I @ grep -H $1 @
2011-10-14 13:28:49
User: kirdie
Functions: find grep xargs
Tags: find grep

calls grep on all non-binary files returned by find on its current working directory

find . -type f -name '*.jpg' -exec convert -quality 75 {} {} \;
2011-09-23 13:51:18
User: bobby_tables
Functions: find

Requires ImageMagick to be installed.

This command was stolen from @climagic on Twitter.

Probably a duplicate of command below, but this command uses slightly higher quality.


find /path/folder -type f -name "*.*" -print -exec rm -v {} + | wc -l;
2011-09-19 14:53:37
User: Koobiac
Functions: find rm wc

It does not work without the verbose mode (-v is important)

ls -trF | grep -v \/ | tail -n 1
2011-09-14 20:05:37
User: mrpollo
Functions: grep ls tail
Tags: find stat mtime

Sort by time and Reverse to get Ascending order, then display a marker next to the a file, negate directory and select only 1 result

sudo find / -type f | perl -MFile::Basename -ne '$counts{dirname($_)}++; END { foreach $d (sort keys %counts) {printf("%d\t%s\n",$counts{$d},$d);} }'|sort -rn | tee /tmp/sortedfilecount.out | head
2011-09-14 19:41:19
User: tamouse
Functions: find perl sort sudo tee

Find which directories on your system contain a lot of files.

Edit: much shorter and betterer with -n switch.

fn=$(find . -type f -printf "%T@\t%p\n"|sort -n|tail -1|cut -f2); echo $(date -r "$fn") "$fn"
find . -printf "%T@ %p\n" | sed -e 1d | while read ts fn; do ts=${ts%.*}; if [ $ts -ge ${gts:-0} ]; then gts=$ts; echo `date -d @$gts` $fn; fi; done
ls -l /etc/**/*killall
2011-08-30 05:57:49
User: xeor
Functions: ls

This command will give you the same list of files as "find /etc/ -name '*killall' | xargs ls -l".

In a simpler format just do 'ls /etc/**/file'.

It uses shell globbing, so it will also work with other commands, like "cp /etc/**/sshd sshd_backup".

find . -iname '*.conf' | xargs grep "searh string" -sl
find /var/spool/mqueue -type f -mtime +7 | perl -lne unlink
2011-08-19 15:22:02
User: mengesb
Functions: find perl

Find all files in /var/spool/mqueue older than 7 days, pass to perl to efficiently delete them (faster than xargs or -exec when you've got millions or hundreds of thousands to delete). Naturally the type, directory, and file age vars can be adjusted to meet your specific needs.

allVideos() { find ./ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 file -iNf - | grep ": video/" | cut -d: -f1; }
2011-08-19 11:58:59
User: totti
Functions: cut file find grep xargs

Videos are found using their MIME type. Thus no need to for an extension for the video file.

This is a efficent version of "jnash" cmd (4086). Thanks for jnash. This cmd will only show video files while his cmd show files having "video" anywhere in path.