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grep -r -Z -l "<text>" . | xargs -0 echo rm
2012-06-14 08:09:46
User: limonte
Functions: echo grep xargs
Tags: grep
4

-r recursively

-Z zero byte after each file name instead of the usual newline

-l only filenames

find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 chmod a-x
2012-06-11 07:28:30
User: jlaunay
Functions: chmod find xargs
-2

Using xargs is usually much quicker as it does not have to execute chmod for every file

ls -ltr |grep 'May 12'|awk '{print $9;}'|xargs rm -v
git ls-files | xargs -n1 git blame --line-porcelain | sed -n 's/^author //p' | sort -f | uniq -ic | sort -nr
2012-06-02 22:04:36
User: hugopeixoto
Functions: sed sort uniq xargs
Tags: statistics git
1

Uses line-porcelain in git blame, which makes it easier to parse the output.

for foo in <list of directories>; do while find $foo -type d -empty 2>/dev/null| grep -q "."; do find $foo -type d -empty -print0 | xargs -0 rmdir; done; done
2012-05-23 08:09:16
Functions: find grep xargs
0

This will check if there are any empty directories, or newly emptied directories, in a list of directories. It will then delete all of those directories. It works with gnu find and OSX/BSD find.

seq 1 5 | xargs -I"#" date --date="today -# days" +'%Y-%m-%d'
find . -name '.svn' -type d | xargs rm -rf
2012-05-18 10:26:55
User: luckymurari
Functions: find rm xargs
0

This simple command removes all the .svn directories recursively. Useful when you want to get a clean code excluding .svn files.

Check what is getting delete through this command

" find . -name '.svn' -type d | xargs echo "

find -type l | xargs ls -l
cat urls.txt | xargs -n1 curl -O --max-time 10 --retry 3 --retry-delay 1
lsof -i tcp:22 | grep 192.168.10.10 | awk "{print $2}" |xargs kill
find . | xargs xattr -d com.apple.quarantine
2012-05-09 23:06:51
User: brockangelo
Functions: find xargs
-2

When downloading files on a Mac, Apple adds the x-attribute: com.apple.quarantine. Often, this makes it so you can't even run a ./configure. This command gets rid of the quarantine for all files in the current directory.

find . -iname ".svn" | xargs rm -r $1
find . -type f -name *.MP3 -print0 | xargs -0 -i rename .MP3 .mp3 {}
2012-04-29 02:44:44
User: pibarnas
Functions: find rename xargs
0

Using a for loop, rename all files with .MP3 extension to .mp3.

ps afx | grep defunct -B 1 | grep -Eo "[0-9]{3,}" | xargs kill -9
2012-04-27 16:16:34
User: pholz
Functions: grep kill ps xargs
-1

defunct processes (zombies) usually have to be killed by killing their parent processes. this command retrieves such zombies and their immediate parents and kills all of the matching processes.

wget -O - http://www.reddit.com/r/wallpapers.rss | grep -Eo 'http://i.imgur.com[^&]+jpg' | head -1 | xargs wget -O background.jpg
2012-04-25 11:15:26
User: untitaker
Functions: grep head wget xargs
0

Doesn't depend on curl and doesn't use thumbnails as wallpaper (which has the unfortunate effect of only allowing imgur links)

find . -user root | xargs sudo chown me:me
2012-04-24 18:29:13
Functions: chown find sudo xargs
-2

be careful where you execute this from

do a 'sudo ls' beforehand to prime sudo to not ask for your password

ls -s|grep -E "^ *0"|sed "s/^ *0 //g"|xargs -i rm "{}"
2012-04-18 14:50:46
User: glaudiston
Functions: grep ls rm sed xargs
-8

Remove all zero size files from current directory. Its a not recursive option like:

find . -size 0c -exec rm {} \;

git remote -v | grep fetch | sed 's/\(.*github.com\)[:|/]\(.*\).git (fetch)/\2/' | awk {'print "https://github.com/" $1'} | xargs open
2012-04-15 20:48:46
User: brockangelo
Functions: awk grep sed xargs
1

Written for Mac OSX. When you are working in a project and want to open it on Github.com, just type "gh" and your default browser will open with the repo you are in. Works for submodules, and repo's that you don't own.

You'll need to copy / paste this command into a gh.sh file, then create an alias in your bash or zsh profile to the gh.sh script. Detailed instructions here if you still need help:

http://gist.github.com/1917716

svn stat | grep ^\! | awk '{print $2}' | xargs svn del
2012-04-13 12:13:37
Functions: awk grep stat xargs
0

Sometimes cache-files or garbage gets added to your SVN repository. This is the way I normally clean up those when the actual files are already gone.

find ./src -type d -name "Entity" | xargs ls -A | cut -d . -f1 | sed 's_^_app/console doctrine:generate:entities YourOwnBundleName:_'
2012-04-11 21:28:02
User: renoirb
Functions: cut find ls sed xargs
0

When I do a major change in my entities, I want to find a way to find all my Entities names and create the commande for me.

So instead of doing ls src/Your/OwnBundle... and then do it manually, this helps a lot.

find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 -n1 md5sum | sort -k 1,32 | uniq -w 32 -d --all-repeated=separate | sed -e 's/^[0-9a-f]*\ *//;'
find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 du -h | sort -hr | head -20
2012-03-30 10:21:12
User: flatcap
Functions: du find head sort xargs
7

Search for files and list the 20 largest.

find . -type f

gives us a list of file, recursively, starting from here (.)

-print0 | xargs -0 du -h

separate the names of files with NULL characters, so we're not confused by spaces

then xargs run the du command to find their size (in human-readable form -- 64M not 64123456)

| sort -hr

use sort to arrange the list in size order. sort -h knows that 1M is bigger than 9K

| head -20

finally only select the top twenty out of the list

find . -mount -type f -printf "%k %p\n" | sort -rg | cut -d \ -f 2- | xargs -I {} du -sh {} | less
svn stat | grep M | cut -d " " -f8 | xargs svn revert
find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 chmod -v gu=rw
2012-03-22 03:08:53
User: Tobbera
Functions: chmod find xargs
Tags: chmod files
0

This command finds all files in a folder recursively and sets owner and group to read and write. Leaves all dirs intact. This command does takes care of file names with spaces as well.