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find . -iname "*.mp4" -print0 | xargs -0 mv --verbose -t /media/backup/
cd tmp ; find . |cpio -o -H newc| gzip > ../initrd.gz
2014-09-24 14:07:54
User: akiuni
Functions: cd cpio find gzip

This commands compresses the "tmp" directory into an initrd file.

for file in $(find /var/backup -name "backup*" -type f |sort -r | tail -n +10); do rm -f $file; done ; tar czf /var/backup/backup-system-$(date "+\%Y\%m\%d\%H\%M-\%N").tgz --exclude /home/dummy /etc /home /opt 2>&- && echo "system backup ok"
2014-09-24 14:04:11
User: akiuni
Functions: date echo file find rm sort tail tar
Tags: backup Linux cron

this command can be added to crontab so as to execute a nightly backup of directories and store only the 10 last backup files.

find . -name "*.pdf" -print0 | xargs -r0 stat -c %y\ %n | sort|awk '{print $4}'|gawk 'BEGIN{ a=1 }{ printf "mv %s %04d.pdf\n", $0, a++ }' | bash
2014-09-23 06:40:45
Functions: awk find gawk printf stat xargs
Tags: sort awk find xargs

Caution: distructive overwrite of filenames

Useful for concatenating pdfs in date order using pdftk

find -type f -exec ffprobe -i "{}" -show_entries format=duration -v quiet -of csv="p=0" \; | paste -sd+ | bc
2014-08-29 23:45:09
User: Hype
Functions: find paste

Recursive. Ignores non-media files. Requires ffprobe, paste, and bc.

function findOlderThan () { find . -mmin -$((($(date "+%s") - $(stat -c %Y $1))/60)) -type f ; }
2014-08-29 17:52:34
User: RobertDeRose
Functions: date find stat
Tags: find date stat

This function will find the modification time in unix_time of the given file, then calculate the number of minutes from now to then and then find all files modified in that range.

find . -type d -print0 | while read -d $'\0' dir; do cd "$dir"; echo " process $dir"; find . -maxdepth 1 -name "*.ogg.mp3" -exec rename 's/.ogg.mp3/.mp3/' {} \; ; cd -; done
2014-08-25 11:28:43
Functions: cd echo find read rename

This is probably overkill, but I have some issues when the directories have spaces in their names.


find . -type d -print0 | while read -d $'\0' dir; do xxx; done

loops over all the subdirectories in this place, ignoring the white spaces (to some extend).

cd "$dir"; echo " process $dir"; cd -;

goes to the directory and back. It also prints some info to check the progress.

find . -maxdepth 1 -name "*.ogg.mp3" -exec rename 's/.ogg.mp3/.mp3/' {} \;

renames the file within the current directory.

The whole should work with directories and file names that include white spaces.

find /target_directory -type f -mmin -60 --mindepth 2
2014-08-09 06:59:34
User: vikranth
Functions: find

To search for files in /target_directory and all its sub-directories, that have been modified in the last 60 minutes:

find /target_directory -type f -mmin -60

To search for files in /target_directory and all its sub-directories, that have been modified in the last 2 days:

find /target_directory -type f -mtime -2

To search for files in /target_directory and all its sub-directories no more than 3 levels deep, that have been modified in the last 2 days:

find /target_directory -type f -mtime -2 -depth -3
find /var/log -type f -iregex '.*[^\.][^0-9]+$' -not -iregex '.*gz$' 2> /dev/null | xargs tail -n0 -f | ccze -A
2014-07-29 17:11:17
User: rubo77
Functions: find tail xargs
Tags: unix ccze logging

This will show all changes in all log files under /var/log/ that are regular files and don't end with `gz` nor with a number

find -L -type l
2014-07-22 19:52:18
Functions: find

-L tells find to follow symbolic links, so -type l will only return links it can't follow (i.e., those that are broken).

find -type l -xtype l
find . -name "*.DS_Store" -type f -delete
fn() { find . -iname "*$1*" -print; }
2014-07-15 05:30:59
User: suprjami
Functions: find

A simple bash function to the find command. I use this much more than find itself.

find . -name "*.php" -exec php -l {} \; | grep found
2014-07-11 14:17:34
User: azizsaleh
Functions: find grep

Same but will only returns the invalid file (great when emailing the list to the team).

find . -type f -iname '*.flac' | while read i; do mv -- "$i" "$i.tmp"; gst-launch filesrc location="$i.tmp" ! flacdec ! flacenc quality=8 ! filesink location="${i%.tmp}"; rm -- "$i.tmp"; done
2014-07-10 19:21:22
User: qdrizh
Functions: find mv read rm

Sometimes I get FLAC files that RhythmBox can't play but VLC can. So I re-encode them using GStreamer at highest compression.

find . |xargs grep '<html\|<body\|<table' |sed '/~/d;s/:.*//' |sed 's/.*/mv & &.html/' |uniq >run.sh; sh run.sh
for a in $(find . -maxdepth 1 -name "*.mp4" -type f -printf "%f\n" | rev | cut -d '.' -f2- | rev | sort -u); do if [ ! -f "$a.mp3" ]; then avconv -i "$a."* -vn -ab 128 "$a.mp3"; fi done
2014-06-27 05:13:53
User: adanisch
Functions: cut find rev sort

Good for when you download youtube videos and want the mp3 for your mp3 player.

find . -type f -size +50000k -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{ print $9 ": " $5 }'
find -type f -exec bash -c 'if ffmpeg -i "{}" 2>&1 | grep -qi h264 ; then echo "{}"; fi' \;
find -type f -iregex '.*\.\(mkv\|mp4\|wmv\|flv\|webm\|mov\|dat\|flv\)' -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
2014-06-07 15:50:41
User: powerinside
Functions: find perl printf tail xargs

Use case insensitive regex to match files ending in popular video format extensions and calculate their total time. (traverses all files recursively starting from the current directory)

find . -type d -d 1 -print0 | xargs -0 du -sm | sort -nr
cd <mntpoint>; find . -xdev -size +10000000c -exec ls -l {} \; | sort -n -k 5
2014-05-20 14:13:54
User: deritchie
Functions: cd find ls sort

This is a quick way to find what is hogging disk space when you get a full disk alert on your

monitoring system. This won't work as is with filesystems that allow embedded spaces in user

names or groups (read "Mac OS X attached to a Windows Domain"). In those cases, you will need to change the -k 5 to something that works in your situation.

find . -name '*.phtml' | xargs perl -pi -e 's/(?!(<\?(php|xml|=)))<\?/<\?php/g;'
2014-05-07 14:33:19
User: crashspeeder
Functions: find perl xargs

Tired of front end developers using short open tags in your views? This will replace all instances of

find . -regex ".*\(avi\|mp4\|wmv\)$" -print0 | xargs -0 sha1sum
find . -exec rename 's/_/\ /g' {} +
2014-05-05 02:47:19
User: KlfJoat
Functions: find rename

Everyone wants to take spaces out of filenames. Forget that. I want to put them back in. We've got tools and filesystems that support spaces, they look better, so I'm going to use them.

Because of how find works I find I need to run this multiple times, if it's renaming subdirs. But it can be re-run without issues.

I got this version of the command from a comment in this underscore-generating command. http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/760/find-recursively-from-current-directory-down-files-and-directories-whose-names-contain-single-or-multiple-whitespaces-and-replace-each-such-occurrence-with-a-single-underscore. All I did was change the regex.