recusive ls/search/replace function!!

bruce bedouglas at
Wed Apr 27 00:05:17 UTC 2005

> hi..
> can't figure this out. it's basic.. how can i do a find of all files in
> underlying recursive dirs. also, how can i do a search/replace of txt in
> files that match a certain extension..
> ie, how do i find all files that end in 'int' in the underlying dirs...
> or, how do i replace "foo' with 'dog' in all underlying dirs that end in
> 'ddf'..
> i can see that 'ls -R * can/should get me all underlying files... but...
> i can also see that find . -name "*.int" would work to find the files...
> i'm not sure how to get the rest.

You're probably after something like:

$ find . -name '*.int' -exec sed -i -e 's/foo/dog/g' {} \;

Paul Howarth <paul at>


any idea how to delete all files in a subdirectory with a certain


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