Stat each file in a directory

find . -maxdepth 1 -type f | xargs stat
Possible simplification of egrep-awk-sort with find and -exec with xargs.
Sample Output
  File: `./index.html'
  Size: 7850            Blocks: 16         IO Block: 4096   regular file
Device: 811h/2065d      Inode: 217432085   Links: 1
Access: (0644/-rw-r--r--)  Uid: (3801789/ asolkar)   Gid: (564674/pg2118692)
Access: 2009-04-16 23:34:23.000000000 -0700
Modify: 2009-06-11 00:33:59.000000000 -0700
Change: 2009-06-11 00:33:59.000000000 -0700
  File: `./favicon.ico'
  Size: 0               Blocks: 0          IO Block: 4096   regular empty file
Device: 811h/2065d      Inode: 217432116   Links: 1
Access: (0644/-rw-r--r--)  Uid: (3801789/ asolkar)   Gid: (564674/pg2118692)
Access: 2009-06-06 07:25:26.000000000 -0700
Modify: 2009-06-06 07:25:26.000000000 -0700
Change: 2009-06-06 07:25:26.000000000 -0700

By: asolkar
2010-04-26 20:51:54

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  • This will run stat on each file in the directory. Show Sample Output

    find -name `egrep -s '.' * | awk -F":" '{print $1}' | sort -u` -exec stat {} \;
    unixmonkey8594 · 2010-04-26 20:01:44 2

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
zathan · 587 weeks and 1 day 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.
bwoodacre · 587 weeks and 1 day 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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