long string using find and "-exec ls -ls" to find part-of filename

Polytropon freebsd at edvax.de
Mon Jun 30 21:03:21 UTC 2014

On Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:40:44 -0700, Gary Kline wrote:
> 	ANYWAY, the thing learned tonight is that it's *XARGS* <cmd>
> 	instead of -exec abcfubarCmd.  

Allow me to add one little reminder:

When using xargs, usually _one_ program will be executed
with a command line containing _all_ results of the find
command. If you want to run a program on _each_ of the
results, this is the typical sh solution:

	find ... | while read F; do
		somecommand $F

Or maybe less elegant:

	for F in `find ...`; do
		somecommand $F

But keep in mind things get more complicated when the file
names contain valid, but "unpleasant" characters, such as
spaces. In this case, reading this can help:

	David A. Wheeler:
	Filenames and Pathnames in Shell: How to do it Correctly

	David A. Wheeler:
	Fixing Unix/Linux/POSIX Filenames:
	Control Characters (such as Newline), Leading Dashes,
	and Other Problems

But if you've been using "clean" file names, this shouldn't
be a big problem. ;-)

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