I just used GNU find to search a directory hierarchy for files matching a particular naming pattern. I’ve been programming for long enough that writing a tree-walking algorithm to search for appropriately-named leaves is almost trivial, but the point is that I don’t have to do that. Piping the output of
find into my filter program to search within the files was sufficient.
I use the other findutils programs–especially
locate–several times each week. Without them, I’d get lost in a sea of thousands of files. Thank you to all of the developers and contributors. You saved me a few minutes today, as you do almost every day.