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Re: Quit after finding first N files

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: Quit after finding first N files
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 23:53:32 +0000

On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 3:47 PM, Nexor <address@hidden> wrote:
> 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?

No.   As I mentioned before, there are already two different ways to
do this, neither of which requires changing 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.
> cheers,
> Tomek

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