FIND minimal tutorial

March 7, 2017

find command is used for searching file in directory structure, below are some basic examples for getting started…

  • Basic syntax: find directory comparison search-term

  • Search file in directory: find ./dir_name -name "*.txt"
    • . represents current directory
    • It will list for file in dir_name directory with .txt extension
  • Search file in directory: find ./dir_name -iname "*.txt"
    • -iname search while ignoring case
  • Search file in directory: find ./test -not -name "*.txt"
    • Lists all file which don’t have .txt in filename(i.e. list all files execept .txt files)
  • Search file modified last N days: find ./dir_name -mtime N
    • File modified in 10 days: find /home/bob -mtime -10
    • File modified in last 10 minutes: find /home/bob -cmin -10
  • Find files by file size:
    • Find all file greater than 50MB: find / -size 50M
    • Files greater than 50MB and less than 100MB: find / -size +50M -size -100M
    • Files greater than 50MB and are not debian packages: find / -size +50M ! -name "*.deb" -ls
  • Find and exec: You can use find command to list all files with criteria and perform operation on the all the output files.
    • List file with specific criteria and delete them : find ./dir_name -name "*.txt" -exec rm -rf {} \;
      • {}: represent for each output for criteria
      • \; : Termination of command


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