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BASH: Filter list of files by return value of another command

I have series of directories with (mostly) video files in them, say


I create a variable (video_dir) with the directory names (based on other parameters) and use that with find to generate the basic list. I then filter based on another variable (video_type) for file types (because there is sometimes non-video files in the dirs) piping it through egrep. Then I shuffle the list around and save it out to a file. That file is later used by mplayer to slideshow through the list. I currently use the following command to accomplish that. I’m sure it’s a horrible way to do it, but it works for me and it’s quite fast even on big directories.

video_dir="/test1 /test2"

find ${video_dir} -type f    |
  egrep -i "${video_types}"  |
  shuf > "$TEMP_OUT"

I now would like to add the ability to filter out files based on the resolution height of the video file. I can get that from.

mediainfo --Output='Video;%Height%' filename

Which just returns a number. I have tried using the -exec functionality of find to run that command on each file.

 find ${video_dir} -type f -exec mediainfo --Output='Video;%Height%' {} ;

but that just returns the list of heights, not the filenames and I can’t figure out how to reject ones based on a comparison, like <480. I could do a for next loop but that seems like a bad (slow) idea.

Using info from @mark-setchell I modified it to,


find ${video_dir} -type f   
   -exec bash -c 'h=$(mediainfo --Output="Video;%Height%" "$1"); [[ $h -gt 480 ]]' _ {} ; -print

Which works.



You can replace your egrep with the following so you are still inside the find command (-iname is case insensitive and -o represents a logical OR):

find test1 test2 -type f                                       
     ( -iname "*.mpg" -o -iname "*.avi" -o -iname "*.mpeg" ) 

The NEXT_BIT can then -exec bash and exit with status 0 or 1 depending on whether you want the current file included or excluded. So it will look like this:

-exec bash -c 'H=$(mediainfo -output ... "$1"); [ $H -lt 480 ] && exit 1; exit 0' _ {} ;

So, taking note of @tripleee advice in comments about superfluous exit statements, I get this:

find test1 test2 -type f                                       
    ( -iname "*.mpg" -o -iname "*.avi" -o -iname "*.mpeg" )  
    -exec bash -c 'h=$(mediainfo ...options... "$1"); [ $h -lt 480 ]' _ {} ; -print
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