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Old 04-04-2006, 10:19 AM   #1
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Processing file located using the FIND command

Say I want to find a file named I do the command find -name
But how in the same command do I do something else to the newly located file?

For example how do I use the find command to find and zip it in the same command...find -name | ???

Or is there a way to do a command in the same way as brackets work in maths ie something like vi [find -name] to let me open in vi editor without knowing where it's located?

Any ideas?

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Old 04-04-2006, 10:40 AM   #2
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This will find any file in directory /some/path and zip it as <foundfilename>.zip
find /some/path -name -exec zip {}.zip {} \;
For more info and advance stuff to run commands on found files, see the -exec option in find man page

Have fun
Old 04-04-2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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For your vi example, try:

$ vi $(find -name foobar)

This will execute the find command in parentheses first and vi will execute on that output. It will work as long as there is not more than one "foobar" in your search path. If there is more than one foobar, it will open the first one found. That's basic bash shell programing if you want to delve into it more.
As noted above, find is frequently used with the exec command; in addition it is also frequently used with the xargs command:

If you go through the above articles you will start to get some sense on how to string commands together using the output of find.


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