LKBEN11012: Howto use the find command under linux


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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG


Symptom

You need to find files easily

Cause

none

Solution

Here we search for all files beginning with Myfile in /home/lubby ignoring the case:

find /home/lubby -iname Myfile*

Here we search for all files in /home/lubby starting with M or m followed by yfile and whatever follows:

find /home/lubby -name '[M|m]yfile*'

Here we search for all occurences of wim in a link (case sensitive)

find /home/lubby -name '*wim*' -type l

This will find all the files 1 day old.

find . -iname wim* -mtime -1

This will find normal files that are smaller than 50 bytes

find /home/lubby -type f -size -50c

This will find normal files that are bigger than 1000k or 1 Megabyte.

find /home/lubby -type f -size +1000k

This will find all normal files that are bigger than 10 MB and execute an la -lah command on it. So it shows all the files and how big they are.

find /home/wpeeters -type f -size +10000k -exec ls -lah '{}' ';'

This command will do exactly the same as the previous one.

find /home/wpeeters -type f -size +10000k -exec ls -lah '{}' \;

About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux in different European countries and different European languages. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform where he is one of the most important contributors and the main developer.

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