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A big collection of Unix/Linux 'find' command examples

Linux/Unix FAQ: Can you share some Linux find command examples?

Sure. The Unix/Linux find command is very powerful. It can search the entire filesystem to find files and directories according to the search criteria you specify. Besides using the find command to locate files, you can also execute other Linux commands (grep, mv, rm, etc.) on the files and directories you find, which makes find extremely powerful.

Linux/Unix: How to copy a directory and save the date/time file information

If you need to copy a directory on Unix/Linux and want to preserve the date/time information while copying the directory and files, use the -p option to save the date/time information, and the -r option to copy the directory properly. For instance, I just used this cp command to copy a directory named OldDir to a new directory named NewDir, while retaining all of the date/time file information:

Where is the Android SDK located on macOS? (setting ANDROID_HOME)

If you’re using macOS and need to know where (in what directory) the Android SDK is located, it is currently located here:

~/Library/Android/sdk

The sdkmanager and avdmanager and a few others are located in this directory:

~/Library/Android/sdk/tools/bin

The Android SDK platform tools bin directory is here:

~/Library/Android/sdk/platform-tools

I’m doing some things with Android from the command line tonight and learned that I needed to set ANDROID_HOME, and that’s when I dug into this.

~ March, 2019

A large collection of Unix/Linux ‘grep’ command examples

Linux grep commands FAQ: Can you share some Linux/Unix grep command examples?

Sure. The name grep means "general regular expression parser", but you can think of the grep command as a "search" command for Unix and Linux systems: it's used to search for text strings and more-complicated "regular expressions" within one or more files.

I think it's easiest to learn how to use the grep command by showing examples, so let's dive right in.

Scala: How to list files and directories under a directory

When using Scala, if you ever need to list the subdirectories in a directory, or the files under a directory, I hope this example is helpful:

import java.io.File

object FileTests extends App {

    // list only the folders directly under this directory (does not recurse)
    val folders: Array[File] = (new File("/Users/al"))
        .listFiles
        .filter(_.isDirectory)  //isFile to find files
    folders.foreach(println)

}

If it helps to see it, a longer version of that solution looks like this:

Unix find command: How to move a group of files into the current directory

I just bought a bunch of MP3 music files from Amazon, and when I downloaded the zip file they provide onto my Mac, it was a bunch of files in a bunch of subdirectories; not really convenient to work with when you’re trying to import them into iTunes. So I used this Unix find command to move all of the music files from the subdirectories they were scattered in into the root directory that was created when I expanded the zip file:

cd Amazon-Music-Folder
find . -type f -exec mv {} . \;

If you ever need to either copy or move a bunch of files with a single command, I hope this example shows the correct find command syntax for your needs. (If you need to copy the files, use the cp command instead of the mv command.)

LibGDX error: Your Android SDK path doesn’t contain an SDK

I don’t know much about LibGDX yet, but one thing I’ve learned is that if you get the LibGDX error message, “Your Android SDK path doesn’t contain an SDK,” it’s because the LibGDX setup tool doesn’t work automatically with the Android SDK tools that you download from the Android website, at least not the default tools. (That directory may work after you do some configuration with the sdkmanager, dunno.)

A Linux shell script to rename files with a counter and copy them

As a brief note today, I was recently looking for all Messages/iMessage files that are stored on my Mac, and I used this shell script to copy all of those files — many of which have the same name — into a directory named tmpdir, giving them all new names during the copy process:

count=1
for i in `cat myfiles`
do
    fname=`basename $i`
    cp $i tmpdir/${count}-${fname}
    count=`expr $count + 1`
done