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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
find ./backup -type f -print0 | xargs -0 md5sum > /checksums_backup.md5
svn st | grep /main/java | awk '{print $2}' | xargs echo | xargs svn ci -m "my comment here"
svn st | grep "^\?" | awk "{print \$2}" | xargs rm -rf
find . -name Root -print | xargs rm -f
grep -r "sampleString" . |uniq | cut -d: -f1 | xargs sed -i "/sampleString/d"
2009-02-09 20:21:30
User: sk1418
Functions: cut grep sed xargs

checking files in current and sub directories, finding out the files containing "sampleString" and removing the containing lines from the file.

* Beware that The command will update the original file [no backup].

The command can be extended if play with 'find' command together,

e.g. it is possible to execute on certain type of files: *.xml, *.txt... (find -name "*.xml" | grep....)

if anybody knows a better solution on that, please drop a comment. thx.

accurev stat -M -fl | awk '{print "\"" $0 "\""}' | xargs accurev pop
find . \( -name '*.h' -o -name '*.cc' \) | xargs grep . | wc -l
2009-02-09 11:44:35
User: dgomes
Functions: find grep wc xargs

Counts number of lines of code in *.h and *.cc files

svn st | cut -c 8- | sed 's/^/\"/;s/$/\"/' | xargs tar -czvf ../backup.tgz
2009-02-09 11:24:31
User: chrisdrew
Functions: cut sed tar xargs

Create a tgz archive of all the files containing local changes relative to a subversion repository.

Add the '-q' option to only include files under version control:

svn st -q | cut -c 8- | sed 's/^/\"/;s/$/\"/' | xargs tar -czvf ../backup.tgz

Useful if you are not able to commit yet but want to create a quick backup of your work. Of course if you find yourself needing this it's probably a sign you should be using a branch, patches or distributed version control (git, mercurial, etc..)

echo -n m{1..5}.cluster.net | xargs -d' ' -n1 -P5 -I{} ssh {} 'uptime'
mount | grep : | tr -s ' ' -d 3 | xargs umount -v
find ~ -name '*.mp4' | xargs mplayer
grep -r -l xxxxx . | xargs perl -i -pe "s/xxxxx/yyyyy/g"
2009-02-06 08:18:50
User: hassylin
Functions: grep perl xargs

This script first find all files which contains word xxxxx recursively. Then replace the word xxxxx to yyyyy of the files.

Use case:

- Web site domain change

- Function name change of the program

seq -f"ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/patches/7.1/7.1.%03g" 176 240 | xargs -I {} wget -c {};
2009-02-06 03:19:06
User: liupeng
Functions: seq wget xargs

Seq allows you to define printf like formating by specified with -f, %03g is actually tells seq I got three digits, fill the blank digits with 0, and the range is from 176 to 240.