sh scripting question

John Levine johnl at
Sun Oct 18 21:54:25 UTC 2020

In article <20201018144327254822114 at> you write:
>> Since find is in use, I think the canonical solution is
>> to use "find -print0"..."xargs -0"

>Here is an example, I will use a "ls -ld" command just to make it a
>real concrete example and perhaps easier to read that way.
>    find . -exec ls -ld {} +

Sometimes that's better, sometimes not.  I have find scripts that delete
stale files, and it is a lot faster to use xargs to run "rm" once for
each thousand files than once per file.

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