Finding files in Linux filesystems

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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
OR
$ 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:

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. He has worked with global clients and in various industries, including IT, education, defense and space research, and the nonprofit sector. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.

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  1. 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..

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