home | O'Reilly's CD bookshelfs | FreeBSD | Linux | Cisco | Cisco Exam    

UNIX Power Tools

UNIX Power ToolsSearch this book
Previous: 17.12 Finding Many Things with One Command Chapter 17
Finding Files with find
Next: 17.14 Searching for Files by Size
 

17.13 Searching for Files by Type

If you are only interested in files of a certain type, use the -type argument, followed by one of the characters in Table 17.1 [some versions of find don't have all of these -JP  ].

Table 17.1: find -type Characters
Character Meaning
b Block special file ("device file")
c Character special file ("device file")
d Directory
f Plain file
l Symbolic link
p Named pipe file
s Socket

Unless you are a system administrator, the important types are directories, plain files, or symbolic links (i.e., types d , f , or l ).

Using the -type operator, another way to list files recursively is:



xargs
 

 % 

find . -type f -print | xargs ls -l

It can be difficult to keep track of all the symbolic links in a directory. The next command will find all the symbolic links in your home directory and print the files that your symbolic links point to. [ $NF gives the last field of each line, which holds the name a symlink points to. -JP ] If your find doesn't have a -ls operator, pipe to xargs ls -l as above.

% 

find $HOME -type l -ls | awk '{print $NF}'

- BB


Previous: 17.12 Finding Many Things with One Command UNIX Power Tools Next: 17.14 Searching for Files by Size
17.12 Finding Many Things with One Command Book Index 17.14 Searching for Files by Size

The UNIX CD Bookshelf Navigation The UNIX CD BookshelfUNIX Power ToolsUNIX in a NutshellLearning the vi Editorsed & awkLearning the Korn ShellLearning the UNIX Operating System










??????????????@Mail.ru