script help

RW rwmaillists at
Tue Feb 15 14:53:45 UTC 2011

On Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:57:12 +0300
Peter Andreev <andreev.peter at> wrote:

> Use of "xargs" on many files will be much faster than "find...exec"
> construction

This is a surprisingly common myth. exec can pass single or multiple
arguments  according to whether you use ";" or "+" 
> find / -type f -name copyright.htm | xargs sed -i .bak -e
> 's/2010/2011/g'

This is much less safe on FreeBSD than it is with the GNU versions
because print0 is required for paths with spaces.

find  ... -print0 | xargs -0 ...

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