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find . -name '*' -type f -print0 | xargs -0 grep -n pattern1 | grep pattern2
2012-07-29 00:40:06
User: bugmenot
Functions: find grep xargs
1

The option -print0 for find and -0 for grep help prevent issue with weird characters or spaces in filenames. Furthermore with xargs there is no limited number of arguments that find can throw.

find . -type f \( -name '*.c' -o -name '*.cpp' -o -name '*.cc' -o -name '*.cxx' \) | xargs grep "#include.*\.c.*" 2>&1 | tee source_inside_source_list.txt
find . -name "*.php" -print | xargs sed -i 's/foo/bar/g'
ps -fu $USER | awk {'print $2'} | xargs kill [-9]
ps auxww | grep application | grep processtobekilled | gawk '{print $2}' | grep -v grep | xargs kill -9
2012-07-03 20:37:56
User: j0sh10
Functions: gawk grep kill ps xargs
0

You can also use gawk:

ps auxww | gawk '/application/' | gawk '/processtobekilled/' | gawk '{print $2}' | grep -v grep | xargs kill -9

find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 du -h | sort -hr | head -10
find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 du -h | sort -hr | head
git submodule status | awk '{print $2}' | xargs -P5 -n1 git submodule update --init
find /path/to/dir -type f -print0 | xargs -0 grep -l "foo"
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