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Command Line Tips & Tricks


Finding Things


Find broken symbolic links in your media directory.

find ~/media -xtype l

Find empty sub-directories in your media directory.

find ~/media -type d -empty

Find sample movie files (contains sample in name) by size (less than 50MB) and extension (avi,mkv,mp4,vob)

find ~/torrents ~/nzbget -type f -size -51200k -regex ".*/.*sample.*\.\(avi\|mkv\|mp4\|vob\)"

Find files in your torrents and nzbget directories that are not linked in your media folder.

find ~/media -type l -exec readlink -f {} \; > links.txt && find ~/torrents ~/nzbget -type f > files.txt && grep -Fxv -f links.txt files.txt


Finding and Deleting Things


With Confirmation - Interactive Removal (Y/N) For each file

Find and remove broken symbolic links in your media directory.

find ~/media -xtype l -exec rm -i {} \;

Find and remove broken symbolic links then remove any empty sub-directory in your media directory.

Warning: Confirmation only exists for the broken symbolic links empty folders are removed without confirmation.
find ~/media -xtype l -exec rm -i {} \; && find ~/media -type d -empty -delete

Find sample movie files (contains sample in name) by size (less than 50MB) and extension (avi,mkv,mp4,vob) and delete them.

find ~/torrents ~/nzbget -type f -size -51200k -regex ".*/.*sample.*\.\(avi\|mkv\|mp4\|vob\)" -exec rm -i {} \;


Without Confirmation

Find and remove broken symbolic links in your media directory.

find ~/media -xtype l -delete

Find and remove empty sub-directories in your media directory.

find ~/media -type d -empty -delete

Find and remove broken symbolic links then remove any empty sub-directory in your media directory.

find ~/media -xtype l -delete && find ~/media -type d -empty -delete

Find sample movie files (contains sample in name) by size (less than 50MB) and extension (avi,mkv,mp4,vob) and delete them.

find ~/torrents ~/nzbget -type f -size -51200k -regex ".*/.*sample.*\.\(avi\|mkv\|mp4\|vob\)" -delete


Display HDD Usage


echo -e "\e[33mused $(du -sh ~ | awk -F " " '{print $1}')iB\e[0m"


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t4nkw4rt codedecay 7 Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:46:09 +0100