exec option in find

find ~ -mtime +365 -exec mv {} /tmp/mybackup \;
This example uses the -exec option to move all matching files into a backup directory

By: kayowas
2009-04-11 12:16:48

What Others Think

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.
flatcap · 620 weeks 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.
hank · 620 weeks 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 :)
GinoMan2440 · 619 weeks and 5 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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