Posts tagged find

linux find long paths

posted on 2016-06-28 12:10

Sometimes applications have problems with pathnames the exceed 1024 characters. I.e. this happens with certain backup applications. Here the pathnames came for apache caching files.

The easiest way to find those on a linux system is via find:

find / -regextype posix-extended -regex '.{1000,}'

This will show all paths that exceed 1000 characters in lengths.

find: multiple wildcards

posted on 2015-06-10 11:51:51

When looking out for all files in a folder and its contained subfolders, find . -iname '*.py' might for example give you all python files. But what if you all the .pyc files, too?

Coupling several types with iname will not work!

Use the -regex flag instead:

`find . -regextype egrep -regex '.*\.py|.*\.pyc'`

By default find uses the emacs regex syntax which is very likely counter intuitive. Besides emacs and egrep there are others available:

- findutils-default
- awk
- egrep
- ed
- emacs
- gnu-awk
- grep
- posix-awk
- posix-basic
- posix-egrep
- posix-extended
- posix-minimal-basic
- sed

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