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I’ve started using fd to find files (at the command line), instead of the built-in find. It’s much easier to use and just makes more sense, and it’s fast.

Here’s the old way of changing permissions on a bunch of music files I just bought on Bandcamp. This says “find every file, in this directory and any subdirectories, with a name ending in .flac, and run chmod 644 on it.” I specify that I just want to work on files because I don’t want to change the perms on a directory of Roberta Flack albums by accident.

find . -name "*.flac" -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;

New way:

fd .flac -t f -x chmod 644

(I could add a dollar sign and have .flac$, meaning “end of string” or “end of line” in regular expressions, but I don’t need it. I would use --exec instead of -x and --type instead of -t in a script, but not if I’m typing a one-off.)

I have this in my ~/.fdignore file, because otherwise the Zotero folder always turns up matches I don’t want:


This list of modern Unix command replacements is worth checking out. I use ag and btop instead of grep and top, but still stick with the built-in less and ls.