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find $HOME -type f -print | perl -wnlaF'/' -e 'BEGIN{ print "#EXTM3U"; } /.+\.wmv$|.+\.mpg$|.+\.vob$/i and print "#EXTINF:$F[-1]\nfile://$&";' > movies.m3u
tar cpfP - $(find <somedir> -type f -name *.png) | ssh user@host | tar xpfP -
2009-02-26 00:01:30
User: raphink
Functions: find ssh tar


* Adjust the find command to your own filters.

* The -P flag forces to keep absolute paths in the tarball, so that you can be sure that the exact same file hierarchy will be created on the second machine.

find . -name '*.txt' -exec sed -ir 's/this/that/g' {} \;
find / -xdev -print | cpio -pdmuv /mnt/mydisk
2009-02-24 02:03:43
User: afink
Functions: cpio find

copies all files from the source disk / (skipping boundaries of mouted -in volumes) to /mnt/mydisk. Logical links are being preserved as well as devices, pipes etc. This can copy a MacOS X or Linux volume and keep it bootable. Note: its not suited to copy files with MacOS 9 style resources.

find . -type d | perl -nle 'print s,/,/,g," $_"' | sort -n | tail
find . -type f -name "*.java" -print0 | xargs -0 -n 1 svn blame | sed -n 's/^[^a-z]*\([a-z]*\).*$/\1/p' | sort | uniq -c | sort -n
find . -name "*.php" | xargs egrep -i -s 'specialFunction' > searchresult.txt
2009-02-23 15:25:49
User: tb323
Functions: egrep find xargs

Will search recursively and output the searchResult.txt in the same folder you are located.

find ~/Music/iTunes/ -name *.mp3 -exec cp {} ~/Desktop/Music/ \;
find start_dir -name *.txt | xargs -J % cp % end_dir/
find /path/to/files -type f -mtime +7 | grep -v \.gz | xargs gzip
find . -type f -mtime +7 -exec ls -l {} \;
2009-02-21 08:03:24
User: senses0
Functions: find ls

Find files that are older than x days in the working directory and list them. This will recurse all the sub-directories inside the working directory.

By changing the value for -mtime, you can adjust the time and by replacing the ls command with, say, rm, you can remove those files if you wish to.

type C:\WINNT\system32\inetsrv\MetaBase.xml | find "DEBUG"
type C:\WINNT\system32\inetsrv\MetaBase.xml | find "400" | find "CustomError"
find . -type d -execdir du -sh '{}' ';' | grep -E "[0-9]+K" | sed 's/^[0-9\.]\+K[\t ]\+//' | tr "\n" "\0" | xargs -0 rm -rf
find / -name *~ -delete
ionice -c3 find /
2009-02-19 17:23:12
User: mkc
Functions: find

This command is somewhat similar to 'nice', but constrains I/O usage rather than CPU usage. In particular, the '-c3' flag tells the OS to only allow the process to do I/O when nothing else is pending. This dramatically increases the responsiveness of the rest of the system if the process is doing heavy I/O.

There's also a '-p' flag, to set the priority of an already-running process.

find cvsdir -name Root -exec sed -i 's/oldserver/newserver/' {} \;
2009-02-19 04:31:13
User: mulad
Functions: find sed

If your CVS server has moved, here's a way to update your CVS Root files throughout your code tree without checking out a new copy of your files.

find . -name .svn | xargs rm -rf
unset files i; set -f; O=$IFS; while IFS= read -r -d $'\0' files[i++]; do :; done < <(find . -name '*.avi' -print0) && IFS=$O; set +f && echo "Running: mplayer \"${files[ $(( $RANDOM % ${#files[@]} )) ]}\""
2009-02-18 16:53:57
User: DEinspanjer
Functions: echo find read set unset

unsets variables used by the one-liner

sets up the IFS bash variable to not be affected by whitespace and disables extra glob expansion

uses read to slurp the results of the find command into an array

selects an element of the array at random to be passed as an argument to mplayer

find . -type l ! -exec test -e {} \; -print
2009-02-18 15:34:25
User: Shango1980
Functions: find test

Locate broken symlinks in the current directory. Also useful, to remove broken links:

find . -type l ! -exec test -e {} \; -print0 | xargs -0 rm
find . -type d -exec chmod 0755 {} \;
2009-02-18 14:38:22
User: osantana
Functions: chmod find

WARNING! This command may set an invalid permission under your current directory.

This command will set the 0755 permissions to all directories under your current directory. An alternative version of this command is: find ~/.ssh -type d -exec chmod 0700 {} \;

find . -type f -exec chmod 0644 {} \;
2009-02-18 14:36:39
User: osantana
Functions: chmod find

WARNING! This command may set an invalid permission under your current directory.

This command will set the 0644 permissions to all files under your current directory. An alternative version of this command is: find ~/.ssh -type f -exec chmod 0600 {} \;

find . -name "*.py[co]" -exec rm -f {} \;
2009-02-18 14:32:28
User: osantana
Functions: find rm

This command will erase all bytecode versions of Python modules under the current directory.

find . -iname "*.cpp" -exec perl -ni -e 'chomp; print "$_\n"' {} \;
2009-02-18 14:12:24
User: grundprinzip
Functions: find perl

Adds a newline to the end of all cpp files in the directory to avoid warnings from gcc compiler.

find . | grep deleteme | while read line; do rm $line; done
2009-02-18 00:55:57
User: tec
Functions: find grep read rm

This command deletes all files in all subfolders if their name or path contains "deleteme".

To dry-run the command without actually deleting files run:

find . | grep deleteme | while read line; do echo rm $line; done