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How do I display the contents of find in a shell script [closed]


What do you mean by “did not work”?

Here are some issues with your script:


echo "Please enter directory: "
read directory
echo -e "Please enter project name: "
read projName
find $directory -type f -name ' $projName ' -exec du -ch {} + | while read file; do
echo "Reading $FILE..."
echo $FILE | grep total$


#! /bin/bash -
read -p "Please enter a directory: " directory    # Shorter
read -p "Please enter a project name: " projName    # Shorter
find "$directory" -type f -name "$projName" | while read file; do #Always double quote your variables.  The single quotes around projName prevented it from being expanded.
echo "Reading $file..."  # $FILE is not a valid variable in your script
du -ch "$file"          # this being in an exec statement was feeding bad info to your while loop.
cat "$file" | grep 'total$'   # $FILE is not a valid variable in your script.  I think you want to cat the contents of the file and not echo it's filename.

If you’re trying to list the entire size of an directory:

du -c will give you one ‘grand total’ figure at the end in bytes.

du -ck will give you one ‘grand total’ figure at the end, in kilobytes (approx).

Note: both the above give you the file size for every file, followed by the grand total.
If you don’t want every files size then use -s

du -sk will give you just a ‘grand total’ figure, in kilobytes (approx).

find <pathtodirectory> -name '$projName' -exec du -ch '{}' ; | awk '/total/ { tot=+$1 } $0 !~ "total" { print "Reading "$2"...n" } END { print "Space "tot"n"}'

Use awk to parse your output. If the text contains the text total, set total to the second space delimited field otherwise set the file name to the first delimited piece. Then at the end, print the data in the format you wish.

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