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Re: Quit after finding first N files

From: Nexor
Subject: Re: Quit after finding first N files
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2010 15:47:02 +0000

Thanks James,

>> Thank you so much for the detailed response. I didn't know I can
>> simply use 'head' to get what I need.
> There is a difference between the two approaches.     Writing through
> a pipe to "head -8" will kill the writer when the 9th result is
> printed.   If the cost of finding an additional match is significant
> (or only N matches exist) then there is a potential waste of resources
> involved in finding the extra match.   For most uses this is not a big
> deal and the approach using "head" works just fine.

Do you think it would make sense to implement (yet) another option to
find? It could be something like -maxresults N and would do exactly
that - stop the search after finding N matches.
I use it for generating a report for the administrator - I don't need
full results because they are not processed automatically anyway. I'm
not sure if more people could find something like maxresults usable.


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