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Searching Found Files in Found Directories

I am sure there is a smarter way and shorter way to accomplish this, but this worked for me.

The problem is I need to see all cron configurations specified for GitHub actions. It could be a problem demonstrating the same characteristics:

  • I need to inspect the contents of a file
  • It is not uniformly named
  • It is however located in a directory named uniformly
  • The contents are need to inspect are also uniformly represented

This was what I came up with:

find . -d -name "workflows" -exec find "{}" -type f  \; |xargs ag cron
  1. First I find all the directories named: workflows
  2. Then I find all the files in these directories
  3. The files are the piped to ag which search the files for the contents I need