More well known, perhaps, than the previous two, but very useful for those of us building shell pipelines to clean up and process our messes.
find -print0 <stuff> | xargs -0 <command>
The problem with
find which you trip over a lot when processing file trees, is that if you're not careful, piping the results into
xargs (which I do a lot 'cause I can never remember how
-exec works :D) breaks when
find returns filenames with whitespace in.
These two handy options to the rescue!
find -print0 returns a list of filenames, except that the names are terminated with ASCII
\0) instead of a newline. The
-0 option to
xargs then tells it to expect input in that form, and quote each filename as it gets it. Result, filenames with whitespace in don't get broken up by the shell parser.
And they're not the only commands that can do this. Watch this space!
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Hey, thanks a lot for writing this series.
To be frank, I have some questions on Linux and Bash which only a pro like can solve.
Would mind helping me?