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cd tmp ; find . |cpio -o -H newc| gzip > ../initrd.gz
2014-09-24 14:07:54
User: akiuni
Functions: cd cpio find gzip
0

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
0

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
0

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
0

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
0

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
2

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

The

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
0

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
4

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
6

-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
0

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
0

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
0

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
0

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
0

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
0

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
2

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
2

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.

find directory -type l -lname string
2014-05-02 14:44:24
User: gumption
Functions: find
Tags: find
1

Finds all symbolic links in the specified directory which match the specified string pattern.

I used this when upgrading from an Apple-supported version of Java 6 (1.6.0_65) to an Oracle-supported version (1.7.0_55) on Mac OS X 10.8.5 to find out which executables were pointing to /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/Current/Commands (Apple version) vs. /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_55.jdk/Contents/Home/bin (Oracle version). However, it appears the current JDK installation script already takes care of modifying the links.