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find . -type f -name \*.c | while read f; do mv $f "`basename $f .c`".C; done
2009-02-17 09:30:43
User: berta
Functions: find mv read

or, for a single directory:

for f in *.c; do mv $f "`basename $f .c`".C; done
find ~/bin/ -name "*sh" -print0 | xargs -0t tar -zcvf foofile.tar.gz
2009-02-17 08:48:34
User: lhb
Functions: find tar xargs

tar options may change ;)

c to compress into a tar file, z for gzip (j for bzip) man tar

-print0 and -0t are usefull for names with spaces, \, etc.

find /directory/to/search/ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 grep "findtext"
2009-02-17 07:16:32
User: dingobytes
Functions: find grep xargs

this will find text in the directory you specify and give you line where it appears.

find path/to/folder/ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 -n 1 md5sum | awk '{print $1}' | sort | md5sum | awk '{print $1}'
2009-02-16 19:39:37
User: mcover
Functions: awk find md5sum sort xargs

For quick validation of folder's file-contents (structure not taken into account) - I use it mostly to check if two folders' contents are the same.

find . -type f -perm +0111 -print
find . -name "*.jar" | xargs -tn1 jar tvf | grep --color "SearchTerm"
2009-02-16 17:18:36
Functions: find grep xargs

Great for finding which jar some pesky class is hiding in!

find . -name "*.pyc" -exec rm {} \;
2009-02-16 17:15:58
User: nsmgr8
Functions: find rm

For a python project, sometimes I need to clean all the compiled python files. I have an alias 'rmpyc' to this command. This really saves me a lot of typing and hunting throughout the folders to delete those files.

find . -type f -name "*" -mtime +10 -print -exec gzip {} \;
2009-02-16 14:33:32
User: migueldiab
Functions: find gzip

Useful for a cron job that runs nightly, gzipping or alternatively deleting files from a specific directory that are older than 10 days (in this case)

find / -type f -size +25M -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{ print $5 " " $6$7 ": " $9 }'
2009-02-16 12:27:48
User: darkon1365
Functions: awk find ls

Very useful for finding all files over a specified size, such as out of control log files chewing up all available disk space. Fedora Core x specific version.

find ./ -name '*' -exec rename 's/\s+/_/g' {} \;
find . -type f -name '*.html' -exec grep -H HACKED {} \; > hacklog.txt
2009-02-16 08:57:25
User: nullrouter
Functions: find grep

This will check all .HTML file contents for the word "Hacked" and dump it to hacklog.txt. This is great for located all those files affected by nasty Joomla exploits. Change the .HTML to any other extension you wish to check, and of course the word "HACKED" for other searches.

find / -name \*string\*
2009-02-16 08:43:01
User: tini
Functions: find

run as root and use it fo find file you're looking for.

find . -type f -exec grep -l pattern {} \; | xargs vi +/pattern
find ${PATH//:/ } -executable -type f -printf "%f\n"
2009-02-16 06:03:46
User: kamathln
Functions: find

##Dependancies: bash coreutils

Many executables in $PATH have the keyword somewhere other than the beginning in their file names. The command is useful for exploring the executables in $PATH like this.

find ${PATH//:/ } -executable -type f -printf "%f\n" |grep admin









find . \( -type d -name .svn -prune \) -o -type d -print
find . -type f -exec grep -l XXX {} \;|tee /tmp/fileschanged|xargs perl -pi.bak -e 's/XXX/YYY/g'
2009-02-16 02:55:23
User: drossman
Functions: find grep perl tee xargs

Find all files that contain string XXX in them, change the string from XXX to YYY, make a backup copy of the file and save a list of files changed in /tmp/fileschanged.

find . -maxdepth 1 -iname '*jpg' -exec convert -quality 60 {} lowQ/{} \;
2009-02-15 19:34:38
User: abhinay
Functions: find

* lowQ/ is the output directory

* pass quality level from 1 to 100

find "$DIR" -regex "$FILENAME" -type f -print0 | xargs -0 sed -i _`date "+%y%m%d%H%M%S"` -E "s/$TEXT1/$TEXT2/g"
find -printf '%u %g\n' | sort | uniq
2009-02-13 22:42:49
User: leper421
Functions: find sort

find -printf '%u\n' | sort | uniq #just users

find -printf '%g\n' | sort | uniq #just groups

sc queryex type= service state= all | find "_NAME"
2009-02-13 15:44:42
User: piyo
Functions: find

On Windows 2000 or later, this command will give a listing of all the registered Windows services. You can then know what the name of a command is in order to start and stop it.


sc start Apache2.2


net start Apache2.2

Please note that sc will allow the SERVICE_NAME only, while net will allow both SERVICE_NAME and DISPLAY_NAME.

Note that the space between the = and the next word are important. Not very unixy, that.




find . -name '*.jar' -printf '%f:'
2009-02-13 15:37:51
User: yalestar
Functions: find

Useful for making a CLASSPATH out of a list of JAR files, for example.


export CLASSPATH=.:$(find ./lib -name '*.jar' -printf '%p:')

find . -type f -print | xargs grep foo
tar -zcps <dir> -X <(find <dir> -type f -mtime -<days>) |ssh user@backuphost tar -xzpsC /data/bkup
2009-02-12 22:31:58
User: zb
Functions: find tar

due to bug can not comment

find /tmp -type f -printf 'rm "%p";\n'
2009-02-12 20:23:24
User: zb
Functions: find

add |sh when you agree the list, I often use that method to prevent typos in dangerous or long operations

find ./backup -type f -print0 | xargs -0 md5sum > /checksums_backup.md5