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Old 07-14-2003, 12:54 PM   #1
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same find command not working in bash script, quotes?

I use the following command to shrink photos in a particular directory. The command works perfectly from the bash shell command line.

find . -iname '*.jpg' -exec convert {} -resize 50%x50% -quality 75 {} \;

... but once I throw this line a bash script, I get

find: missing argument to `-exec'
I've written a few hundred bash scripts and have never encountered this problem. find seems to be extremely picky in its notation and has a few "quirks" that I haven't encountered with any other command.

Thanks for the help!
Old 07-14-2003, 01:04 PM   #2
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Errr.. I figuired this out about 10 seconds after posting. Besides wasting disk space, perhaps this may be of some to others... for some reason I needed to escape the { and } when using the find command in the shell script... wierd. So this is what worked:

find . -iname '*.jpg' -exec convert \{\} -resize 50%x50% -quality 75 \{\} \;


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