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find start_dir -name *.txt | xargs -J % cp % end_dir/
echo *.log | xargs <command>
2009-02-22 11:32:55
User: mikeda
Functions: echo xargs
5
grep ERROR *.log

-bash: /bin/grep: Argument list too long

echo *.log | xargs grep ERROR /dev/null

20090119.00011.log:DANGEROUS ERROR

find /path/to/files -type f -mtime +7 | grep -v \.gz | xargs gzip
ps -ef | grep PROCESS | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2}' | xargs kill -9
2009-02-21 15:55:38
User: f4nt
Functions: awk grep kill ps xargs
4

kills all pids matching the search term of "PROCESS". Be careful what you wish for :)

N="filepath" ; P=/proc/$(lsof +L1 | grep "$N" | awk '{print $2}')/fd ; ls -l $P | sed -rn "/$N/s/.*([0-9]+) ->.*/\1/p" | xargs -I_ cat $P/_ > "$N"
2009-02-21 02:31:24
User: laburu
Functions: awk cat grep ls sed xargs
5

Note that the file at the given path will have the contents of the (still) deleted file, but it is a new file with a new node number; in other words, this restores the data, but it does not actually "undelete" the old file.

I posted a function declaration encapsulating this functionality to http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/7yx6f/how_to_undelete_any_open_deleted_file_in_linux/c07sqwe (please excuse the crap formatting).

ps auxwww | grep outofcontrolprocess | awk '{print $9}' | xargs kill -9
find . -type d -execdir du -sh '{}' ';' | grep -E "[0-9]+K" | sed 's/^[0-9\.]\+K[\t ]\+//' | tr "\n" "\0" | xargs -0 rm -rf
ps aux | grep -i firefox | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2}' | xargs -t -i kill -9 {}
2009-02-19 18:50:00
User: blackdude
Functions: awk grep kill ps xargs
-7

This is a nice way to kill processes.. the example here is for firefox!!! substitute firefox for whatever the process name is...

ps -o ppid= <given pid> | xargs ps -p
svn st | grep ^\? | awk '{print $2}' | xargs svn add
find . -name .svn | xargs rm -rf
tar ztf tar-lacking-subdirectory.tar.gz | xargs rm
2009-02-19 00:34:09
User: mulad
Functions: tar xargs
2

These days, most software distributed in tar files will just contain a directory at the top level, but some tar files don't have this and can leave you with a mess of files in the current folder if you blindly execute

tar zxvf something.tar.gz

This command can help you clean up after such a mistake. However, note that this has the potential to do bad things if someone has been *really* nasty with filenames.

ps -ef | grep $USERNAME | awk {'print $2'} | xargs kill [-9]
2009-02-17 20:35:35
User: TheNomad
Functions: awk grep kill ps xargs
3

This is a 'killall' command equivalent where it is not available.

Prior to executing it, set the environment variable USERNAME to the username, whose processes you want to kill or replace the username with the $USERNAME on the command above.

Side effect: If any processes from other users, are running with a parameter of $USERNAME, they will be killed as well (assuming you are running this as root user)

[-9] in square brackets at the end of the command is optional and strongly suggested to be your last resort. I do not like to use it as the killed process leaves a lot of mess behind.

find apps/ -name "*.svn-base" -prune -o -print -name "*.php" | xargs grep -E 'new .+Form\('
2009-02-17 14:56:01
User: ubermuda
Functions: find grep xargs
-1

finds all forms instanciated into a symfony project, pruning svn files.

ls -1 /bin | xargs -l1 whatis 2>/dev/null | grep -v "nothing appropriate"
2009-02-17 14:46:01
User: stinger
Functions: grep ls whatis xargs
4

Get simple description on each file from /bin dir, in list form, usefull for newbies.

find ~/bin/ -name "*sh" -print0 | xargs -0t tar -zcvf foofile.tar.gz
2009-02-17 08:48:34
User: lhb
Functions: find tar xargs
5

tar options may change ;)

c to compress into a tar file, z for gzip (j for bzip) man tar

-print0 and -0t are usefull for names with spaces, \, etc.

find /directory/to/search/ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 grep "findtext"
2009-02-17 07:16:32
User: dingobytes
Functions: find grep xargs
2

this will find text in the directory you specify and give you line where it appears.

find path/to/folder/ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 -n 1 md5sum | awk '{print $1}' | sort | md5sum | awk '{print $1}'
2009-02-16 19:39:37
User: mcover
Functions: awk find md5sum sort xargs
-2

For quick validation of folder's file-contents (structure not taken into account) - I use it mostly to check if two folders' contents are the same.

df / | awk '{print $1}' | grep dev | xargs tune2fs -l | grep create
2009-02-16 18:45:03
User: Kaio
Functions: awk df grep tune2fs xargs
9

Very useful set of commands to know when your file system was created.

find . -name "*.jar" | xargs -tn1 jar tvf | grep --color "SearchTerm"
2009-02-16 17:18:36
Functions: find grep xargs
2

Great for finding which jar some pesky class is hiding in!

find . -type f -exec grep -l pattern {} \; | xargs vi +/pattern
xprop | awk '/PID/ {print $3}' | xargs ps h -o pid,cmd
2009-02-16 07:55:19
User: jackhab
Functions: awk ps xargs
9

This command is useful when you want to know what process is responsible for a certain GUI application and what command you need to issue to launch it in terminal.

find . -type f -exec grep -l XXX {} \;|tee /tmp/fileschanged|xargs perl -pi.bak -e 's/XXX/YYY/g'
2009-02-16 02:55:23
User: drossman
Functions: find grep perl tee xargs
6

Find all files that contain string XXX in them, change the string from XXX to YYY, make a backup copy of the file and save a list of files changed in /tmp/fileschanged.

find "$DIR" -regex "$FILENAME" -type f -print0 | xargs -0 sed -i _`date "+%y%m%d%H%M%S"` -E "s/$TEXT1/$TEXT2/g"
find . -type f -print | xargs grep foo