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Linux find command – Find file and directories faster and easier

2010-03-16 164 words 1 min read

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This command is very powerfull when used with combination of filters and pipes and RE.

I will give some example:

find . -type f –» List all files
find . -type f -exec rm {} <a class="zem_slink” title="Path (computing)” href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Path_%28computing%29” rel="wikipedia">\; –» Delete all files
find . -type d -exec rm {} \; –» Will through some common errors πŸ™‚
find . -name "*name*"Β  –> find files containing name in the filename
find . -atime 12 –> Find files accessed 12 days ago

Similarly there is ctime for file status change

find . -type d -depth 2 –> find all the directories in the depth 2 of the tree.
find . -tyde d -ok rm -rf {} \; –> Delete all the directories but only after user confirmation

There could be numerous such examples so I will leave it to you do digg the man page for find and then experiment :))

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Authored By Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal, Linux and Photography are my hobbies.Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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