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echo $VARIABLE | xargs -d'\40' -n 6 echo
2010-01-20 15:12:53
User: SuperFly
Functions: echo xargs

Print out the contents of $VARIABLE, six words per line, ignoring any single or double quotes in the text. Useful when $VARIABLE contains a sentence that changes periodically, and may or may not contain quoted text.

find . -name "*.php" | xargs grep -il searchphrase
2010-01-14 22:42:36
User: refrax
Functions: find grep xargs

This command will find all files recursively containing the phrase entered, represented here by "searchphrase". This particular command searches in all php files, but you could change that to just be html files or just log files etc.

exipick -zi | xargs exim -Mrm
find /lib/modules/`uname -r`/ -type f -iname '*.o' -or -iname '*.ko' |grep -i -o '[a-z0-9]*[-|_]*[0-9a-z]*\.ko$' |xargs -I {} echo '# {}' >>/etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6
2010-01-13 02:12:08
User: paragao
Functions: echo find grep xargs

Whenever you compile a new kernel, there are always new modules. The best way to make sure you have the correct modules loaded when you boot is to add all your modules in the modules.autoload file (they will be commented) and uncomment all those modules you need.

Also a good way to keep track of the available modules in your system.

For other distros you may have to change the name of the file to /etc/modprobe.conf

grep -e `date +%Y-%m-%d` /var/log/dpkg.log | awk '/install / {print $4}' | uniq | xargs apt-get -y remove
ifconfig -l | xargs -n1 ipconfig getifaddr 2> /dev/null
find dir -size -1024k -type f | xargs -d $'\n' -n1 ls -l | cut -d ' ' -f 5 | sed -e '2,$s/$/+/' -e '$ap' | dc
2009-12-28 04:23:01
User: zhangweiwu
Functions: cut dir find ls sed xargs
Tags: size sum

The command gives size of all files smaller than 1024k, this information, together with disk usage, can help determin file system parameter (e.g. block size) or storage device (e.g. SSD v.s. HDD).

Note if you use awk instead of "cut| dc", you easily breach maximum allowed number of records in awk.

find . -name '*png' -printf '%h\0' | xargs -0 ls -l --hide=*.png | grep -ZB1 ' 0$'
find | xargs chmod 777
find ./wp-content/themes/rotce2009/ -name '*.php' -type f | xargs sed -i 's/<? /<?php /g'
ls | xargs du -sh
find . -iname "*.jpg" -print0 | tr '[A-Z]' '[a-z]' | xargs -0 cp --backup=numbered -dp -u --target-directory {location} &
2009-12-10 08:47:04
User: oracular
Functions: cp find tr xargs

Use if you have pictures all over the place and you want to copy them to a central location


Find jpg files

translate all file names to lowercase

backup existing, don't overwrite, preserve mode ownership and timestamps

copy to a central location

mkdir myicons && find /usr/share/icons/ -type f | xargs cp -t myicons
2009-12-09 17:43:28
User: rodolfoap
Functions: cp find mkdir xargs
Tags: icons

Today I needed to choose an icon for an app. My simpler way: put all of /usr/share/icons in myicons folder and brows'em with nautilus. Then rm -r 'ed the entire dir.

find . -iname '*.mp3' -type f -print0 | xargs -I{} -0 cp {} </path>
2009-12-08 20:50:48
User: sputnick
Functions: cp find xargs

No problem with word splitting. That should works on many Unix likes.

git clean -n | sed 's/Would remove //; /Would not remove/d;' | xargs mv -t stuff/
ps ax| awk '/[h]ttpd/{print $1}'| xargs kill -9
ps aux| grep -v grep| grep httpd| awk {'print $2'}| xargs kill -9
find . -type f | perl -lne 'print if -T;' | xargs egrep "somepattern"
\ls -1 | xargs -l readlink
2009-11-23 19:28:03
User: TeacherTiger
Functions: xargs
Tags: readlink

For those who don't have the symlinks command, you can use readlink. This command is not straightforward because readlink is very picky. The backslash in front of 'ls' means not to use an alias (e.g. color escape codes from an aliased 'ls' could mess up readlink), and the -1 (one) means to print the entries separated by newlines. xargs -l (the letter L) means to process each input separated by newlines as separate commands.

du | sort -nr | cut -f2- | xargs du -hs
find <dir> -printf '%p : %A@\n' | awk '{FS=" : " ; if($2 < <time in epoc> ) print $1 ;}' | xargs rm --verbose -fr ;
2009-11-20 16:31:58
User: angleto
Functions: awk find rm xargs

remove files with access time older than a given date.

If you want to remove files with a given modification time replace %A@ with %T@. Use %C@ for the modification time.

The time is expressed in epoc but is easy to use any other ordered format.

awk '{print $1}' "/proc/modules" | xargs modinfo | awk '/^(filename|desc|depends)/'
for item in *;do echo -n "$item - ";find "$item" -type f -print0 | xargs -0 file -iNf - | grep video | cut -d: -f1 | xargs -d'\n' /usr/share/doc/mplayer/examples/midentify | grep ID_LENGTH | awk -F= '{sum+=$2} END {print(sum/60)}'; done | grep -v ' - 0$'
2009-11-19 06:28:15
User: jnash
Functions: awk cut echo file grep xargs

I know this has been beaten to death but finding video files using mime types and printing the "hours of video" for each directory is (IMHO) easier to parse than just a single total. Output is in minutes.

Among the other niceties is that it omits printing of non-video files/folders

PS: Barely managed to fit it within the 255 character limit :D

find ./ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 file -iNf - | grep video | cut -d: -f1
2009-11-19 06:05:36
User: jnash
Functions: cut file find grep xargs

Uses mime-type of files rather than relying on file extensions to find files of a certain type.

This can obviously be extended to finding files of any other type as well.. like plain text files, audio, etc..

In reference to displaying the total hours of video (which was earlier posted in command line fu, but relied on the user having to supply all possible video file formats) we can now do better:

find ./ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 file -iNf - | grep video | cut -d: -f1 | xargs -d'\n' /usr/share/doc/mplayer/examples/midentify | grep ID_LENGTH | awk -F "=" '{sum += $2} END {print sum/60/60; print "hours"}'
getent passwd|cut -d: -f1|xargs -n1 passwd -e
2009-11-18 19:46:15
User: romulusnr
Functions: cut getent passwd xargs

Alternately for those without getent or only want to work on local users it's even easier:

cut -d: -f1 /etc/passwd|xargs -n1 passwd -e

Note that not all implementations of passwd support -e. On RH it would be passwd -x0 (?) and on Solaris it would be passwd -f.