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xargs

I always wanted to learn how to pass a value to xargs somewhere in the middle of the command. The -I option can do it where the {} is just a token replacer. For example, here is a way to search for an IP prefix in a bunch of text files:

echo 192.168.1. | xargs -I{} grep {} *.txt

Here is how to pass -l to the middle of an ls {} -F command:

$ echo "-l" | xargs -I{} ls {} -F
total 0
drwxr-xr-x@ 7 emartin  staff  224 Nov  6 22:58 Folder1/
drwxr-xr-x@ 7 emartin  staff  224 Nov  6 23:58 Folder2/

I am really going to find this handy to do things like doing a find and then copying the item to a base folder.

You can actually use almost any token for the -I option.

(HT: Stack Exchange)