i see "{}" in various commands around here what is there funtion?

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Old 06-06-2001
i see "{}" in various commands around here what is there funtion?


find / -type f -exec grep email@host {} /dev/null \;
find /home/domains/*/ -type d -exec chmod 777 {} \;

is the {} \; part of the -type funciton?

this is what i understand about the following commands.

1) start the find at the root dir.
a) only looking for flatfiles
b) grep for email@host in any matches from the find
?c?) the output for the find fills the namespace {}?
d) /dev/null is used to so the output of the whole command lists filename then search pattern
e) \; why the backslash the line is not continueing and why they semi-colon.

Last edited by Optimus_P; 06-06-2001 at 02:33 PM..
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Old 06-06-2001
Re: i see "{}" in various commands around here what is there funtion?

Originally posted by Optimus_P

?c?) the output for the find fills the namespace {}?

e) \; why the backslash the line is not continueing and why they semi-colon.

c) correct: the {} gets replaced with each filename that 'find' finds. (!)

e) 'find' commands always have to be terminated with a semi-colon. Since most (all?) shells interpret that as a special character, it has to be escaped with a slash.

# 3  
Old 06-06-2001
i didnt know that it always has to end in a semi-colon.

on sol 6 and 7 using ksh shell i always just type

find . -name search-pattern -print
# 4  
Old 06-06-2001
You are right. I meant to say that when you use the "-exec" option it has to end in a semi-colon.
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Old 06-06-2001
thanks for the explination.
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