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Irsla wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> On 4/25/07, Matthew Seaman <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>>
>>    find . -type f \( -mtime 6 -o -mtime 29 \) -print0 | xargs -0 vi
>>
> 
> what about the -exec option of find ? I always wonder why people don't
> use it.
> 
> find . -type f \( -mtime 6 -o -mtime 29 \) -exec vi {} \;
> 

The critical difference is that 'find | xargs foo' runs foo once[*],
to process all the files in one go. 'find -exec foo {}' runs foo one
time for  each matched file.  In this case, it's probably not a big
deal, but  when you need to process hundreds of files 'find | xargs
foo' is much more efficient.

        Cheers,

        Matthew

[*] Actually, it runs foo repeatedly with as many filenames on the
foo command line as it can each time.  That's generally several
hundred files at a go.

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