search for files in a directory hierarchy
find [-H] [-L] [-P] [-D debugopts] [-Olevel] [path...] [expression]
File is of type c:
b block (buffered) special
c character (unbuffered) special
p named pipe (FIFO)
f regular file
l symbolic link; this is never true if the -L option or the -follow option is in effect,
unless the symbolic link is broken. If you want to search for symbolic links when -L is in
effect, use -xtype.
D door (Solaris)
Base of file name (the path with the leading directories removed) matches shell pattern pattern.
The metacharacters (`*', `?', and `') match a `.' at the start of the base name (this is a
change in findutils-4.2.2; see section STANDARDS CONFORMANCE below). To ignore a directory and
the files under it, use -prune; see an example in the description of -path. Braces are not
recognised as being special, despite the fact that some shells including Bash imbue braces with a
special meaning in shell patterns. The filename matching is performed with the use of the
fnmatch(3) library function. Don't forget to enclose the pattern in quotes in order to protect
it from expansion by the shell.
True; print the full file name on the standard output, followed by a null character (instead of
the newline character that -print uses). This allows file names that contain newlines or other
types of white space to be correctly interpreted by programs that process the find output. This
option corresponds to the -0 option of xargs.
A pipeline is a sequence of one or more commands separated by one of the control operators | or |&. The
format for a pipeline is:
[time [-p]] [ ! ] command [ [|⎪|&] command2 ... ]
The standard output of command is connected via a pipe to the standard input of command2. This
connection is performed before any redirections specified by the command (see REDIRECTION below). If |&
is used, the standard error of command is connected to command2's standard input through the pipe; it is
shorthand for 2>&1 |. This implicit redirection of the standard error is performed after any
redirections specified by the command.
The return status of a pipeline is the exit status of the last command, unless the pipefail option is
enabled. If pipefail is enabled, the pipeline's return status is the value of the last (rightmost)
command to exit with a non-zero status, or zero if all commands exit successfully. If the reserved word
! precedes a pipeline, the exit status of that pipeline is the logical negation of the exit status as
described above. The shell waits for all commands in the pipeline to terminate before returning a value.
If the time reserved word precedes a pipeline, the elapsed as well as user and system time consumed by
its execution are reported when the pipeline terminates. The -p option changes the output format to that
specified by POSIX. When the shell is in posix mode, it does not recognize time as a reserved word if
the next token begins with a `-'. The TIMEFORMAT variable may be set to a format string that specifies
how the timing information should be displayed; see the description of TIMEFORMAT under Shell Variables
When the shell is in posix mode, time may be followed by a newline. In this case, the shell displays the
total user and system time consumed by the shell and its children. The TIMEFORMAT variable may be used
to specify the format of the time information.
Each command in a pipeline is executed as a separate process (i.e., in a subshell).
build and execute command lines from standard input
Run up to max-procs processes at a time; the default is 1. If max-procs is 0, xargs will run as
many processes as possible at a time. Use the -n option with -P; otherwise chances are that only
one exec will be done.
-0 Input items are terminated by a null character instead of by whitespace, and the quotes and
backslash are not special (every character is taken literally). Disables the end of file string,
which is treated like any other argument. Useful when input items might contain white space,
quote marks, or backslashes. The GNU find -print0 option produces input suitable for this mode.
Use at most max-args arguments per command line. Fewer than max-args arguments will be used if
the size (see the -s option) is exceeded, unless the -x option is given, in which case xargs will
Replace occurrences of replace-str in the initial-arguments with names read from standard input.
Also, unquoted blanks do not terminate input items; instead the separator is the newline
character. Implies -x and -L 1.
command interpreter (shell)
-c Read commands from the command_string operand instead of from the standard input.
Special parameter 0 will be set from the command_name operand and the positional
parameters ($1, $2, etc.) set from the remaining argument operands.
Commands separated by a ; are executed sequentially; the shell waits for each command to terminate in turn. The
return status is the exit status of the last command executed.