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find ./ -name '*.sw[op]' -delete
find . -name "*~" -exec rm {} \;
2010-02-26 10:54:02
User: ivanatora
Functions: find rm
Tags: vim find

Assuming only VIM has *~ files in your current dir. If you have usefull data in a file named in the *~ pattern, DO NOT RUN this command!

find -type f -regex ".*\.\(js\|php\|inc\|htm[l]?\|css\)$" -exec grep -il 'searchstring' '{}' +
find . -type f \( -name "*.js" -o -name "*.php" -o -name "*.inc" -o -name "*.html" -o -name "*.htm" -o -name "*.css" \) -exec grep -il 'searchString' {} \;
2010-02-07 15:28:20
User: niels_bom
Functions: find grep
Tags: find grep search

Use find to recursively make a list of all files from the current directory and downwards. The files have to have an extension of the ones listed. Then for every file found, grep it for 'searchString', returns the filename if searchString is found.

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.

find . -type f |xargs -I% sed -i '/group name/s/>/ deleteMissing="true">/' %
2010-02-01 21:09:57
User: 4fthawaiian
Functions: find sed xargs

Changed out the for loop for an xargs. It's a tad shorter, and a tad cleaner.

for i in `find . -type f`; do sed -i '/group name/s/>/ deleteMissing="true">/' $i; done
2010-02-01 17:16:37
User: allrightname
Functions: sed

Recursively replace a string in files with lines matching string. Lines with the string "group name" will have the first > character replaced while other > characters on other lines will be ignored.

find directory/ -exec grep -ni phrase {} +
2010-01-28 12:15:24
User: sanmiguel
Functions: find grep
Tags: find grep

The difference between this and the other alternatives here using only grep is that find will, by default, not follow a symlink. In some cases, this is definitely desirable.

Using find also allows you to exclude certain files, eg

find directory/ ! -name "*.tmp" -exec grep -ni phrase {} +

would allow you to exclude any files .tmp files.

Also note that there's no need for calling grep recursively, as find passes each found file to grep.

find -type d -name ".svn" -prune -o -not -empty -type f -printf "%s\n" | sort -rn | uniq -d | xargs -I{} -n1 find -type d -name ".svn" -prune -o -type f -size {}c -print0 | xargs -0 md5sum | sort | uniq -w32 --all-repeated=separate
2010-01-28 09:45:29
User: 2chg
Functions: find md5sum sort uniq xargs

Improvement of the command "Find Duplicate Files (based on size first, then MD5 hash)" when searching for duplicate files in a directory containing a subversion working copy. This way the (multiple dupicates) in the meta-information directories are ignored.

Can easily be adopted for other VCS as well. For CVS i.e. change ".svn" into ".csv":

find -type d -name ".csv" -prune -o -not -empty -type f -printf "%s\n" | sort -rn | uniq -d | xargs -I{} -n1 find -type d -name ".csv" -prune -o -type f -size {}c -print0 | xargs -0 md5sum | sort | uniq -w32 --all-repeated=separate
find . -type d -empty -delete
find /path/to/images -name '*.JPG' -exec bash -c 'mv "$1" "${1/%.JPG/.jpg}"' -- {} \;
2010-01-07 15:41:17
User: sorpigal
Functions: bash find
Tags: bash find mv

Recursively rename .JPG to .jpg using standard find and mv. It's generally better to use a standard tool if doing so is not much more difficult.

find /path/to/images -name '*.JPG' -exec rename "s/.JPG/.jpg/g" \{\} \;
2010-01-02 19:12:37
User: renich
Functions: find rename
Tags: find rename

This command is useful for renaming a clipart, pic gallery or your photo collection. It will only change the big caps to small ones (on the extension).

find . -type f -exec sed -i s/oldstring/newstring/g {} +
2009-12-09 00:46:13
User: SlimG
Functions: find sed
Tags: sed find

This command find all files in the current dir and subdirs, and replace all occurances of "oldstring" in every file with "newstring".

find . -type d -exec sh -c "normalize-audio -b \"{}\"/*.mp3" \;
2009-12-08 03:13:13
Functions: find sh

Execute this in the root of your music library and this recurses through the directories and normalizes each folder containing mp3s as a batch. This assumes those folders hold an album each. The command "normalize-audio" may go by "normalize" on some systems.

grep -H -n "pattern" *
2009-11-24 08:48:38
Functions: grep
Tags: find

if its the current directory, no need find command. just grep will do

find ./ -name $1 -exec grep -H -n $2 '{}' ';'
find <path> -name "*.tgz" -or -name "*.tar.gz" | while read file; do echo "$file: "; tar -tzf $file; done
2009-11-10 20:39:04
User: polaco
Functions: echo find read tar
Tags: find tar list

This script will list all the files in the tarballs present on any folder or subfolder of the provided path. The while loop is for echoing the file name of the tarball before listing the files, so the tarball can be identified

find . -mmin -60 -not -path "*svn*" -print|more
2009-11-10 18:34:53
User: bloodykis
Functions: find
Tags: bash svn find

Find files recursively that were updated in the last hour ignoring SVN files and folders. Incase you do a full svn up on accident.

find . -size 0 -exec rm '{}' \;
mysqldump -uUSERNAME -pPASSWORD database | gzip > /path/to/db/files/db-backup-`date +%Y-%m-%d`.sql.gz ;find /path/to/db/files/* -mtime +5 -exec rm {} \;
find . -name "*.txt" -exec sed -i "s/old/new/" {} \;
find -type f -name "*.avi" -print0 | xargs -0 mplayer -vo dummy -ao dummy -identify 2>/dev/null | perl -nle '/ID_LENGTH=([0-9\.]+)/ && ($t +=$1) && printf "%02d:%02d:%02d\n",$t/3600,$t/60%60,$t%60' | tail -n 1
2009-09-24 15:50:39
User: syssyphus
Functions: find perl printf tail xargs

change the *.avi to whatever you want to match, you can remove it altogether if you want to check all files.

find . -name "*.txt" | xargs sed -i "s/old/new/"