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Old 09-18-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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Find all files, in a given tree, that are ascii text files?

Hi: a one-liner to recursively find all files, under the working directory, that are ascii text files?
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For a starter:
find . -type f -exec file {} + | grep ASCII
It has a few faults -
  • A file with the string "ASCII" anywhere in its path will be listed regardless of its content,
  • Paths containing a colon will be hard to parse from the output,
  • Ditto for path components with embedded newline characters.
How bulletproof do you need it to be?
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I seem to have lost a text file documenting what the last working version of a program is. I can examine the 'file' command's output visually. They are not more than five or six.


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