Loop over files found using 'find' (works with filenames that contain spaces)

find -name 'foo*' | while read i; do echo "$i"; done
Replace the echo command with whatever commands you want. 'read' reads a line from stdin and places the text in the variable, the stdin of the while loop comes from the find command. Note that with simple commands, an easier way is using the '-exec' option of find. My command is useful if you want to execute multiple commands in the loop.
Sample Output
/some/directory/foobar
/some/directory/foo bar
/some/directory/sub dir/foo baz

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By: imgx64
2010-07-16 15:35:27

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xakon · 414 weeks and 1 day ago
Why not using the xargs(1) instead of the while loop? find -name 'foo*' | xargs echo
xakon · 414 weeks and 1 day ago
Read the description. The last phrase says: My command is useful if you want to execute multiple commands in the loop.
imgx64 · 414 weeks and 1 day ago

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