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I want to search for all files with the .sql extension in folders and sub-folders (recursive).

How can I do this?

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find $directory_name -name \*.sql

For example

find / -name \*.sql


find ~ \*.sql

(where ~ equates to /home/your_username/), or...

find /usr/local/share/ \*.sql

and so forth.

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Run this in the command line:

cd / && find | grep '\.sql$'

Change '/' to the directory you want to search.

The find command is able to accomplish the task without grep (using extra options), but I find the above usage more convenient.

In order, the above command:

  1. Changes the current directory to the root directory (cd /)
  2. Lists all files and directories at and below the current directory (find)
  3. Filters the files and directories for anything that ends with '.sql' (| grep '\.sql$')
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thanks, can you explain it? your using grep and passing its output to find? – Blankman Dec 11 '11 at 1:50
Vice versa, actually. I'm using find and passing its output to grep. I added a more detailed explanation above. – Barbarrosa Dec 11 '11 at 2:00
would this work on a Mac also? I tried 'find | grep '\.sql$' and it outputted the usage help info. – Blankman Dec 11 '11 at 3:14
find is a powerful tool and you really do not need to pipe the output to grep. This is a nice link - – bodhi.zazen Dec 11 '11 at 3:52
find has already filter capabilities – enzotib Dec 11 '11 at 12:04

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