Unix Tip #4535- August 11, 2018


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THE EXECUTION OF FIND


The -exec extension to the find command is a very useful and
flexible utility.

You can use it to get a nice list of all the files in a directory
tree:

find . -type f -exec ll {} \;

or to copy all the files in a directory tree into one, large
directory:

find . -type f -exec cp -p {} /newdir \;

Or say now that you've copied all those files into one directory
there are too many .bak files to delete all at once with the 'rm'
command (yes, that's possible):

find . -name \*bak -exec rm {} \;

There are also bunches of other useful exensions to the 'find'
command. Check out the man page, and you'll find a great tool
for basic sysadmin stuff.

This tip generously supported by: emathias@wwa.com


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