[nSLUG] Command line fu
budman85 at eastlink.ca
Sat Sep 12 16:55:25 ADT 2009
Daniel Morrison wrote:
> 2009/9/12 Rich <budman85 at eastlink.ca>:
>> Find broken symlinks (not sure which version they added xtype, may not work on all systems)
>> find . -xtype l
> -xtype has been in GNU findutils at least since the initial revision
> was entered into their source code repository in 1996 (version 4.1).
Thanks, should of said other non-GNU versions.
> But you might be on a Mac which lacks -xtype, so:
> My reading of the man page suggests that -xtype may be a convenience option for:
> find -L . -type l
> ...which is virtually the same as:
> find . -follow -type l
> Follow symbolic links, and check the type of the target. The target
> can never be a link[*], so the type check always fails, _unless_ the
> link could not be followed (i.e. is broken).
> However I do find the man page to be quite complex and confusing, so I
> may not have it completely correct. Seems to work for me.
Thanks, I think I used the second suggestion before I found out how to
use the xtype option.
I agree the documentation for that option needs clarification.
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