Faster find and move using the find and xargs commands. Almost as fast as locate.

find . -maxdepth 2 -name "*somepattern" -print0 | xargs -0 -I "{}" echo mv "{}" /destination/path
Only tested on Linux Ubunty Hardy. Works when file names have spaces. The "-maxdepth 2" limits the find search to the current directory and the next one deeper in this example. This was faster on my system because find was searching every directory before the current directory without the -maxdepth option. Almost as fast as locate when used as above. Must use double quotes around pattern to handle spaces in file names. -print0 is used in combination with xargs -0. Those are zeros not "O"s. For xargs, -I is used to replace the following "{}" with the incoming file-list items from find. Echo just prints to the command line what is happening with mv. mv needs "{}" again so it knows what you are moving from. Then end with the move destination. Some other versions may only require one "{}" in the move command and not after the -I, however this is what worked for me on Ubuntu 8.04. Some like to use -type f in the find command to limit the type.
Sample Output
#comment: output only occurs with echo in xargs command, without echo the below would #not appear.
mv /path/of/found/directory/filename /destination/path
mv /path/of/found/directory/filename /destination/path

2009-08-01 01:55:47

What Others Think

locate is usually faster because it searches through a pre-generated index file, whereas find actively searches the filesystem. Once filesystem data is cached, they can be competitive. However, locate only knows about files that existed during its last 'updatedb' run (which is usually daily). You can do this with find using find's "xargs mode" which is invoked with the "-exec cmd {} +" option, where cmd is "mv -t": find . -maxdepth 2 -name "*pattern" -exec mv -t /dest {} + the trick is that mv supports the -t option which lets you specify the destination first.
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you don't need that echo
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