I used Terminal command to unzip an audio file downloaded from a public library. Command used: unzip -v /<zip filename.zip>; rm -rf _MACOSX. Terminal displayed 31 files were extracted and stored. I used both Search in Finder and Go to Folder to find the files and only 1 pdf file was found. The other 30 files, all mp3, went missing.

I noticed that the more than 1gb of disk space was gone. So I assume the files are residing somewhere. Could anyone please help. Many thanks!

  • Try executing the command without the ; rm -rf _MACOSX and see if that helps.
    – Allan
    May 24 '16 at 15:50
  • You can view the files inside the archive with- unzip -l filename.zip. That should give you an indication of where the files are. They should be in the directory in which you uncompressed the archive.
    – fd0
    May 25 '16 at 13:03

The unix command to search for files is find.

You can use the command man find to get more information. The usual form is the following.

find  <starting folder>  -name  <file name>  -print

For example, if you are looking for all mp3 files in the current folder and all nested folders, use the following command.

find  .  -name  "*.mp3"  -print

Sometimes you can get a lot of "permission denied" or other meaningless error messages. If so, then you can remove all error messages by appending a 2>/dev/null to the end of the command. See the example below.

find  .  -name  "*.mp3"  -print  2>/dev/null

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