Finding files in Linux filesystems

by on February 11, 2006 · 3 comments· LAST UPDATED January 31, 2007

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Both Linux and Unixish provides command to find file. The best and easy way to find file is to use command called locate. It list files in databases that match a pattern. For example to find file called myprog.c you need to use locate command as follows:

$ locate myprog.c | less

Another option is to use find command. For example find out all C source code file from /home/jerry directory:
$ find /home/jerry -name "*.c" -print
$ find ~jerry -name "*.c" -print
Please note that ~jerry is short-cut name to refer user jerry's home directory (/home/jerry). FIND command has very advance usage please see following articles for more information:

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1 NickJ October 5, 2006 at 5:31 am

How do I take a backup of a file which is continuously written by an application. And if the application not able to write in that file it will get crashed. I dont want to crashed the application.
Also, the file size is around 700MB to 1GB.
Please advice..


2 nixCraft October 5, 2006 at 12:13 pm


USE LVM based backup, see following url for Logical Volume Manager snapshot to avoid inconsistent backup


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