-exec not working in find #95

torifat opened this Issue Jun 10, 2012 · 3 comments


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torifat commented Jun 10, 2012

I tried to use-
find . -type f -name "*.mp3" -exec mv {} . /;

But, it is saying that mv can not find the file.

I switched to bash and it worked there.

Although, this is working just fine-
find . -type f -name "*.mp3"

I also tried to do the following but with no luck-
find /full/path -type f -name "*.mp3" -exec mv {} . /;


It's not exec, it's the {}. fish expands empty braces, bash does not.

If you quote it '{}', it should work as you expect.

I'll leave this open to consider matching bash's behavior here. It's not clear to me that expanding empty braces is desirable.

torifat commented Jun 10, 2012

Thanks 😄

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hrldcpr commented Nov 11, 2013

@torifat did you decide that expanding empty curly braces was worth keeping?
Having fish shell not work "out of the box" with basically all find -exec commands seems problematic—it almost forced me to switch shells until I found your '{}' workaround.

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