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to find all my pictures that are over a year old, but i keep getting argument list too long. How can i view what all the results are, even if it just dumps it to a file that i have to open?
The problem is with the '*'. You not only don't need
it - it causes the problem because bash kindly expands
it for you. So find is (possibly?) fed a list of files
by bash, rather than iterating through a directory tree.
Imagine your "/photos" has 2000 jpgs and 500 subdirectories.
With the * what happens is that you're telling find to start
a search in 2500 locations. Hence the "argument list too long".
Have to say it is much faster than ls | grep. I tries testing it with /usr (keyword "gnome" in Ubuntu) and - what do you know - it took just a few seconds to complete compared with up to a minute with ls | grep.
FYI: locate is a db updated by the OS usually once a day (cron).
Doesn't exist on other *nixes afaik and may not always be up to date if your system has been shutdown for a while....
I have located on a few machines and I have never known it to automatically update tho it would be very easy to do. I prefer manually running updatedb because it then doesn't throttle the hard drive while the server maybe dealing with other things.