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Discussion on: Use the Unix "find" command to be more productive

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Pratik Patel Author

The {} chars are substitution placeholders - basically means to place the found file (with full path) in that place. So if you run:
find . -name "*.java" -exec cat {}
And there's exactly two Java files under the current dir named "Main.java" and "DB.java", then this is what ultimately get executed:
cat src/main/java/Main.java
cat src/main/java/DB.java

Of course, if there are more .java files they would be found/matched then exec'd

HTH!