• build and execute command lines from standard input

syntax and examples

  • Find all .log files in or below the current directory and process them
find . -name "*.log" -type f -print | xargs tar -cvf logs.tar

find . -name "*.log" -type f -print | xargs -i -p cp -a {} /some/place

find . -name "*.log" -type f -print | xargs -I [] cp -a [] /some/place

-p Prompt the user about whether to run each command line and read a line from the terminal. Only run the command line if the response starts with 'y' or 'Y'.

-I replace-str
    Replace occurrences of replace-str in the initial-arguments with names read from standard input. Also, unquoted blanks do not terminate input items; instead the separator is the newline character. Implies -x and -L 1.

    This option is a synonym for -Ireplace-str if replace-str is specified, and for -I{} otherwise. This option is deprecated; use -I instead.