Extract Files With the Particular Extension From Zip Archive

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“find” linux utility may be very handy if you’re trying to grind large number of files. Trying to remove many files in the particular directory using

$rm -f ./*  you may get something like /bin/rm: cannot execute [Argument list too long]  but if you use find, you won’t hit such an issue $ find . -maxdepth 1 -delete


Today I was asked to extract .xml files from zip archives. There were lot of zip files and lot of files with different extensions within archives.

Here is a command I’ve utilized:

\$ find . -type f -name "*.zip" -exec unzip -B {} *.xml \;


It searches for .zip file in the active directory and extracts .xml files from them. Currently processed zip file name substituted instead of “{}”, “;” shows end of the command to execute. unzip -B stores .xml files with matching names as filename.xml~, filename.xml~1, etc…