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Re^2: Finding and sorting files in massive file directory

by CColin (Scribe)
on Jan 20, 2013 at 21:30 UTC ( #1014339=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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in thread Finding and sorting files in massive file directory

Seem to recall when I tried something like this it failed due to too many arguments being passed to the command. ie. you can't run a million or so files through gzip command?


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Re^3: Finding and sorting files in massive file directory
by frozenwithjoy (Curate) on Jan 21, 2013 at 01:04 UTC
    If you put something like this in a while (there are files that start w/ a) loop, you should get around the issue of too many arguments. (Be sure to set increment=1 before the loop).
    mkdir dir_a.$increment mv `ls a* | head -n1000` dir_a.$increment/ let increment++
      The problem is you will get "too many arguments" from ls a* already.
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Re^3: Finding and sorting files in massive file directory
by MidLifeXis (Monsignor) on Jan 21, 2013 at 13:12 UTC

    See the xargs command. It can help with breaking apart large command lines.

    find . -type f -name b\* -depth -2 | xargs $command_that_can_be_run_mu +ltiple_times

    Update: added example.

    --MidLifeXis

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