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Linux command shows a list of all subdirectories that contain a least one .xml file – Thomas Mueller

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/09/09

Via [WayBack] So I don’t forget: The following Linux command shows a list of all subdirectories that contain a least one .xml file… – Thomas Mueller (dummzeuch) – Google+:

[WayBack]Find all subdirectories containing xml files on Linux command line

find . -type f -name '*.xml' | sed -r 's|/[^/]+$||' | sort | uniq

The sed bit is explained in [WayBack] Get list of subdirectories which contain a file matching a string:

The sed command consists of a single substitute. It looks for matches to the regular expression /[^/]+$ and replaces anything matching that with nothing. The dollar sign means the end of the line. [^/]+' means one or more characters that are not slashes. Thus, /[^/]+$ means all characters from the final slash to the end of the line. In other words, this matches the file name at the end of the full path. Thus, the sed command removes the file name, leaving unchanged the name of directory that the file was in.

–jeroen

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