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Howto use the find command

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find is a powerful application that lets you search for files and apply commands to the files you've found.

for example, if you want to move all files from /my/dir and below with the character chain "foo" to a folder called "/bar" use the following syntax:

find /my/dir -type f -name *foo* -exec mv '{}' /bar/ ';'

if you wish to list all files modified in a specific time range:

find . -mtime 0   # find files modified within the past 24 hours
find . -mtime -1  # find files modified within the past 24 hours
find . -mtime 1   # find files modified between 24 and 48 hours ago
find . -mtime +1  # find files modified more than 48 hours ago
find . -mmin +5 -mmin -10 # find files modifed between 6 and 9 minutes ago

more useful find examples:

find . -type f -size +10000 -exec ls -al {} \;
find . -atime +1 -type f - exec mv {} TMP \; # mv files older then 1 day to dir TMP
find . -name "-F" -exec rm {} \;   # a script error created a file called -F 
find . -exec grep -i "vds admin" {} \;
find . \! -name "*.Z" -exec compress -f {} \;
find . -type f \! -name "*.Z" \! -name ".comment" -print | tee -a /tmp/list
find . -name *.ini
find . -exec chmod 775 {} \;
find . -user xuser1 -exec chown -R user2 {} \;
find . -name ebtcom*
find . -name mkbook
find . -exec grep PW0 {} \;
find . -exec grep -i "pw0" {} \;
find . -atime +6
find . -atime +6 -exec ll | more
find . -atime +6 -exec ll | more \;
find . -atime +6 -exec ll \;
find . -atime +6 -exec ls \;
find . -atime +30 -exec ls \;
find . -atime +30 -exec ls \; | wc -l
find . -name auth*
find . -exec grep -i plotme10 {};
find . -exec grep -i plotme10 {} \;
find . -ls -exec grep 'PLOT_FORMAT 22' {} \;
find . -print -exec grep 'PLOT_FORMAT 22' {} \;
find . -print -exec grep 'PLOT_FORMAT' {} \;
find . -print -exec grep 'PLOT_FORMAT' {} \;
find ./machbook -exec chown 184 {} \;
find . \! -name '*.Z' -exec compress {} \;
find . \! -name "*.Z" -exec compress -f {} \;
find /raid/03c/ecn -xdev -type f -print
find /raid/03c/ecn -xdev -path -type f -print
find / -name .ssh* -print | tee -a ssh-stuff
find . -name "*font*"
find . -name hpmcad*
find . -name *fnt*
find . -name hp_mcad* -print
find . -grep Pld {} \;
find . -exec grep Pld {} \;
find . -exec grep Pld {} \;
find . -exec grep PENWIDTH {} \; | more
find . -name config.pro
find . -name config.pro
find /raid -type d ".local_sd_customize" -print
find /raid -type d -name ".local_sd_customize" -print
find /raid -type d -name ".local_sd_customize" -ok cp /raid/04d/MCAD-apps/I_Custom/SD_custom/site_sd_customize/user_filer_project_dirs {} \; 
find /raid -type d -name ".local_sd_customize" -exec cp /raid/04d/MCAD-apps/I_Custom/SD_custom/site_sd_customize/user_filer_project_dirs {} \;
find . -name xeroxrelease
find . -exec grep xeroxrelease {} \;
find . -name xeroxrelease
find . -name xeroxrelease* -print 2>/dev/null
find . -name "*release*" 2>/dev/null
find / -name "*xerox*" 2>/dev/null
find . -exec grep -i xeroxrelease {} \;
find . -print -exec grep -i xeroxrelease {} \;
find . -print -exec grep -i xeroxrelease {} \; > xeroxrel.lis
find . -exec grep -i xeroxrel {} \;
find . -print -exec grep -i xeroxrel {} \;
find . -print -exec grep -i xeroxrel {} \; | more
find /raid/03c/inwork -xdev -type f -print >> /raid/04d/user_scripts/prt_list.tmp
find . -exec grep '31.53' {} \;
find . -ls -exec grep "31/.53" {} \; > this.lis
find . -print -exec grep "31/.53" {} \; > this.lis
find . -print -exec grep 31.53 {} \; > this.lis
find . -exec grep -i pen {} /;
find . -exec grep -i pen {} \;
find . -print -exec grep -i pen {} \; | more
find . -exec grep -i pen {} \;
find . -atime +6 -exec ll | more \;
find . -atime +6 -exec ll \;
find . -atime +6 -exec ls \;
find . -atime +30 -exec ls \;
find . -atime +30 -exec ls \; | wc -l
find . \! -name '*.Z' -exec compress -f {} \;
find . -name 'cache*' -depth -exec rm {} \;
find . -name 'cache*' -depth -print | tee -a /tmp/cachefiles
find . -name 'cache[0-9][0-9]*' -depth -print | tee -a /tmp/cachefiles
find . -name 'hp_catfile' 'hp_catlock' -depth -print | tee -a /tmp/hp.cats
find . -name 'hp_catfile' -name 'hp_catlock' -depth -print | tee -a /tmp/hp.cats
find . -name 'hp_cat*' -depth -print | tee -a /tmp/hp.cats
find . -name 'hp_cat[fl]*' -depth -print | tee -a /tmp/hp.cats
find /raid -name 'hp_cat[fl]*' -depth -print
find . \! -name '*.Z' -exec compress -f {} \;
find . -name '*' -exec compress -f {} \;
find . -xdev -name "wshp1*" -print
find . -xdev -name "wagoneer*" -print
find . -name "xcmd" -depth -print
find /usr/contrib/src -name "xcmd" -depth -print 
find /raid -type d -name ".local_sd_customize" -exec ls {} \; 
find /raid -type d -name ".local_sd_customize" \
   -exec cp /raid/04d/MCAD-apps/I_Custom/SD_custom/site_sd_customize/user_filer_project_dirs {} \;
find . -type f -exec cat {} \; | wc # amount of lines in files within folders and subfolders of a directory structure
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