1. Intro

I'll collect some popular find commands here. These are mainly mental notes for commonly occuring ad-hoc searches.



2. Examples

The fun starts here!


2.1. Find a particular file in this folder and sub-folders

Find a file called hosts in the folder I'm in, as well as those below. Since I'm in the root-folder, it will search all folders on the system.

$ find / -name "hosts" -type f 


2.2. Find all files containing specific text

Find all files in the folder /etc containing the text cyndane2.

$ grep -rnw '/etc/' -e 'cyndane2'
/etc/hosts:4: cyndane2


2.3. Find all files with a specific extension and recursively delete them all

This is a dangerous command to run, so let's first do a dry-run.

The first command will find all files in the current directory that have an extension .bak.

$ find . -name "*.bak" -type f

If all seems okay, run it for real this time, adding the delete parameter.

$ find . -name "*.bak" -type f -delete


2.4. Find all files with spaces and replace them recursively with periods

This will recursively search in folder foo for filenames with basename bar and replace the spaces with periods.

$ find . -depth -name '* *' | while IFS= read -r f ; do mv -i "$f" "$(foo"$f")/$(bar "$f"|tr ' ' .)" ; done