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Stat each file in a directory

Terminal - Stat each file in a directory
find . -maxdepth 1 -type f | xargs stat
2010-04-26 20:51:54
User: asolkar
Functions: find xargs
Stat each file in a directory

Possible simplification of egrep-awk-sort with find and -exec with xargs.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find -name `egrep -s '.' * | awk -F":" '{print $1}' | sort -u` -exec stat {} \;
2010-04-26 20:01:44
Functions: awk find sort stat

This will run stat on each file in the directory.

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What others think

This fails for files with special chars (space etc.) A better way is to user zero terminated output from find (-print0) and input to xargs (-0).

Like this:

find . -maxdepth 1 -type f -print0 | xargs -0 stat
Comment by zathan 284 weeks and 4 days ago

Or, if you go back to -exec, there is an xargs-style -exec which launches stat on multiple files at a time, with many fewer process spawns of stat:

find . -maxdepth 1 -type f -exec stat {} +

and there are never any odd-filename problems.

Comment by bwoodacre 284 weeks and 4 days ago

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