[darcs-users] Re: a bash tip for easily excluding the _darcs directory

Dustin Sallings dustin at spy.net
Wed Mar 9 17:36:07 UTC 2005

On Mar 9, 2005, at 10:12, Steven E. Harris wrote:

>> Please consider suggesting xargs(1) since it saves many invocations
>> of grep.
> Why is grep invoked fewer times with xargs rather than find's "-exec"
> clause?

	Because that's xargs' job.

      The xargs utility reads space, tab, newline and end-of-file 
      arguments from the standard input and executes the specified 
utility with
      them as arguments.

      The utility and any arguments specified on the command line are 
given to
      the utility upon each invocation, followed by some number of the 
      ments read from standard input.  The utility is repeatedly 
executed until
      standard input is exhausted.

Dustin Sallings

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