how to plug dummy data into zero byte file?

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Old 11-02-2007
how to plug dummy data into zero byte file?

How can I plug dummy data into files that are zero bytes ?
Here is a sample script for removing the files I think.
find /path/to/directory -size 0 -type f -exec rm -f {} \;

I am not sure how to change it to echo "dummy" > zerobyte.txt. Any suggestions?
Here's the farthest I got:
find /path/to/directory -size 0 -type f -exec echo "dummy" > whatisfilename.txt {} \;
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Old 11-02-2007
find /path/to/directory -size 0 -type f | while read N
     echo "dummy" >$N

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Old 11-02-2007
Thanks Porter the GREAT!!

Worked like a charm. Thanks so much for your public service. If you are ever in Silicon Valley, email me and I'll buy you a drink (non - alcoholic of course!!)

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