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How to use ‘find’ in file

January 7th, 2010

Linux has many usefull command.

I always use this command to find a single file

find . | grep filename

But it’s not a really good implementation to how to use the syntax. For search file name, use this command instead.

find -name filename
find -name "you can event use a wildcard *"

For directory you can write like this

find -type d

For find only file

find -type f

Together joined will be

find -type f -name "rick*"

And the most useful syntax, you can run a command on every file it found. Here’s how to delete every jpg it found.

find -type f -name "*.jpg" -exec rm {} \;

Or upgrade all bzr in every directory

find -type d -maxdepth 1 -exec bzr update {} \;

Hope it helps

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