[CentOS] Finding user's files

Wed Aug 1 15:33:33 UTC 2018
Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu>

On 08/01/18 10:10, mark wrote:
> This is among the things we need to do when a user leaves, and it's a
> larger question than it sounds. Our Office has many servers, with a good
> number of fileservers for projects, with large filesystems (i.e. 10's of
> TB). Can anyone think of a way *other* than running what's probably a
> many-hour long find / -user on all our systems, which is really intensive,
> to find all the files own by a given user?
> Locate would be great, but from the man pages and what I can find online,
> it only stores filenames and paths.

If you want to be rigorous with result (and I for one would), avoid 
locate: that one is using database which is updated how often? *hmm*, 
once a week.

find is the only command I will use for the task (and I definitely will 
use -uid instead of -user, just in case I already deleted user on one of 
the boxes I look for the user stuff, whereas numeric userid is what is 
there in file/directory attributes). I also wil look for stuff owned by 
user's individual group (separate command with -gid argument, as I may 
want to deal with these differently).

Just my $0.02


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Valeri Galtsev
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Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
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