xargs: How To Control and Use Command Line Arguments

A murb'ed feed, posted almost 5 years ago filed in unix, linux, command line, tools, terminal & bash.

Good introduction to xargs; a tool I knew existed, but good learn better and put it to good use more. The basic use case if you have a command that outputs data you can use xargs to let each line be an argument for another tool…

 ls *.old | xargs rm

or today I had a file that was copied in 10 projects and I want to see them all in my editor:

 find . | grep filename | xargs mate

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