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Someone said to me use the find command but I'm not exactly sure how to do it.

Basically I need this:

suppose I have a folder called dir1 and it contains three sub-directories (dir2, dir3 and dir4 respectively) and suppose there might be mp3 files in all of the aforementioned directories. I would like to run a terminal command on dir1 that would search recursively through all the folders and list full paths of where it finds mp3 files. I need the full paths so that I know exactly where they were found.

Output should look something like this:

/Users/joeschomoe/dir1/Daft Punk - Around The World.mp3
/Users/joeschomoe/dir1/dir2/Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower.mp3
/Users/joeschomoe/dir1/dir2/Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze.mp3
/Users/joeschomoe/dir1/dir3/Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter.mp3
/Users/joeschomoe/dir1/dir4/Simon and Garfunkel - The Boxer.mp3

Would anyone know how to do this with find or some other Unix command I'm not aware of?

Any help would be gladly appreciated in advance. Thanks.

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find dir1 -name '*.mp3' -print will do it. -name and -iname are case-sensitive and case-insensitive matches for find.

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Beautiful! Thank you so much. This will help. Now I have one more thing to ask even though you've already been so helpful. How would I adjust the regular expression so that I can find more than one type of music file. Say, m4a files for example. I tried '.mp3|.m4a' but it didn't work. –  user41157 Mar 16 '12 at 5:47
Reading the manual page should help, but -name '*.mp3' -o -name '*.m4a' will do what you want. –  Daniel Pittman Mar 16 '12 at 5:48
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