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exec option in find

Terminal - exec option in find
find ~ -mtime +365 -exec mv {} /tmp/mybackup \;
2009-04-11 12:16:48
User: kayowas
Functions: find mv
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exec option in find

This example uses the -exec option to move all matching files into a backup directory

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Hmm... Be very careful when using find and mv like that. If you have duplicate filenames, bad things will happen. The first file gets moved to /tmp/backup, then then next file with that name will overwrite the first.

A safer idea would be to replace "mv" with "mv --backup=numbered". Now, each file will be given a unique name.

Comment by flatcap 261 weeks and 6 days ago

Should be replaced with something non-invasive for example, like ls instead of mv. Maybe this would be better:

find . -type f -exec ls -l {} \;

That executes ls on every file in the resulting list.

Comment by hank 261 weeks and 6 days ago

Both above are excellent ideas and points, also you may want to make this verbose as well as logging the output so that if something screws up, you have a record of it. sed and awk are your friends :)

Comment by GinoMan2440 261 weeks and 4 days ago

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