• Unix: Finding your files your way

    Posted November 4, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    It's easy to find files on Unix systems. You can find them by almost any criteria that you can imagine. The bigger challenge is deciding how to describe what you're looking for and deciding what to do with the files once you find them.
  • Unix How-To: Making Better Use of Find

    Posted September 22, 2010 - 4:58 pm

    Find is not just useful for locating files, but also for doing things with the files once it finds them. You can find files based on numerous criteria -- their names, their owners, their size, etc. -- and you can then perform some operation on the files from simply listing them to changing permissions or analyzing their contents. You can also make the operation that you specify to occur only if you confirm that you want it to happen after you are prompted. Let's see how this works.
  • Redirecting errors with exec

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 7:27 pm

    When you're preparing scripts for people less wizardly in the art of Unix than yourself, you might want to temper minor problems by sending system errors on their way. Let's take a look at how easily the exec command squelches system output.
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