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Search for files in a directory hierarchy

Search for files only

find -type f   

Search for folders only

find -type d
find -type l   

Search 3 levels deep

find -depth 2         

Search for files via regex

find -regex PATTERN     

Exactly 8 512-bit blocks

find -size 8    

Smaller than 128 bytes

find -size -128c

Exactly 1440KiB

find -size 1440k

Larger than 10MiB

find -size +10M            

Larger than 2GiB

find -size +2G                

Search for all files that is larger then 500MB

find / -type f -size +500M                                                                        

Search for all Executable files

for i in `find -type f`; do [ -x $i ] && echo "$i is executable"; done

Search for foo text inside all files in current folder via parallel and use %150 power of our CPU per core

find . -type f | `parallel` -k -j150% -n 1000 -m grep -H -n <foo> {}
find -L /path/to/check -type l -delete   
find -L / -samefile /path/to/file -exec ls -ld {} +

Find the most recently changed files (recursively)

find . -type f -printf '%TY-%Tm-%Td %TT %p\n' | sort

Remove Fucked Dirnames from Microsoft Windows and Apple

ls -li|find . -inum 4063242 -delete

Find all gz files and extract them

find . -type f -iname "*.gz" -print0 -execdir atool -x {} \; -delete

Last accessed between now and 24 hours ago

find -atime 0                                   

Accessed more than 24 hours ago

find -atime +0 

Accessed between 24 and 48 hours ago

find -atime 1         

Accessed more than 48 hours ago

find -atime +1 

Accessed less than 24 hours ago (same a 0)

find -atime -1       

File status changed within the last 6 hours and 30 minutes

find -ctime -6h30m     

Files modified within the last day

find /etc -type f -ctime -1      

Last modified more than 1 week ago

find -mtime +1w                                                                              

Hs exactly these permissions", i.e. bitwise equality.

find /path -perm 777                                                                              

Change folders permissiosn top 775

find . -type d -exec chmod 775 {} \;       

Change files permissiosn top 664

find . -type f -exec chmod 775 {} \;                                                           

Find deleleted fles andrestore

find /proc/*/fd -ls | grep  '(deleted)' 

Find all 0 byted size files

find "$dir" -size 0       

Find file typ, for example compress for ccompresed filesx

find / -type f -exec file {} +                                                                    

Exclude Multiple Directories - Various Options

find . -type d \( -path dir1 -o -path dir2 -o -path dir3 \) -prune -false -o -name '*.txt'        
find -name "*.js" -not -path "./directory/*"
find / -name MyFile ! -path '*/Directory/*'
find . -name '*.js' | grep -v excludeddir
find . -name '*.js' -and -not -path directory
find /glftpd/site/ -type d -not -path "*/glftpd/site/databases/*" 

Report disk usage by file type

find . -type f -empty -prune -o -type f -printf "%s\t" -exec file --brief --mime-type '{}' \; \
	| awk 'BEGIN {printf("%12s\t%12s\n","bytes","type")} {type=$2; a[type]+=$1} END {for (i in a) printf("%12u\t%12s\n", a[i], i)|"sort -nr"}'

Find with invert match - e.g. find every file that is not mp3

find . -name '*' -type f -not -path '*.mp3'

Find files/dirs modified within a given period

find . -type d -newermt "2019-01-01" \! -newermt "2019-02-01" -exec ls -ld {} \;

Count the total number of hours of your music collection

find . -print0 | xargs -0 -P 40 -n 1 sh -c 'ffmpeg -i "$1" 2>&1 | grep "Duration:" | cut -d " " -f 4 | sed "s/.$//" | tr "." ":"' - | awk -F ':' '{ sum1+=$1; sum2+=$2; sum3+=$3; sum4+=$4; if (sum4 > 100) { sum3+=1; sum4=0 }; if (sum3 > 60) { sum2+=1; sum3=0 }; if (sum2 > 60) { sum1+=1; sum2=0 } if (NR % 100 == 0) { printf "%.0f:%.0f:%.0f.%.0f\n", sum1, sum2, sum3, sum4 } } END { printf "%.0f:%.0f:%.0f.%.0f\n", sum1, sum2, sum3, sum4 }'

Store the output of find in an array

mapfile -d $'\0' arr < <(find /path/to -print0)

Find all log files modified 24 hours ago, and zip them

find . -type f -mtime +1 -name "*.log" -exec zip -m {}.zip {} \; >/dev/null

List status of all GIT repos

find ~ -name ".git" 2> /dev/null | sed 's/\/.git/\//g' | awk '{print "-------------------------\n\033[1;32mGit Repo:\033[0m " $1; system("git --git-dir="$1".git --work-tree="$1" status")}'

Change the encoding of all files in a directory and subdirectories

find . -type f  -name '*.java' -exec sh -c 'iconv -f cp1252 -t utf-8 "$1" > converted && mv converted "$1"' -- {} \;

Find all files recursively with specified string in the filename and output any lines found containing a different string.

find . -name *conf* -exec grep -Hni 'matching_text' {} \; > matching_text.conf.list

Last update: June 30, 2022
Created: June 18, 2022