script help

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at
Tue Feb 15 16:06:58 UTC 2011

--On February 15, 2011 12:57:12 PM +0300 Peter Andreev 
<andreev.peter at> wrote:

> Use of "xargs" on many files will be much faster than "find...exec"
> construction
> find / -type f -name copyright.htm | xargs sed -i .bak -e 's/2010/2011/g'

I believe you, but can you explain why this is true?  What makes xargs 
faster than exec?

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